2022 Volunteer Appreciation Week: Hard work that doesn’t go unnoticed
April 17-23 is Volunteer Appreciation Week and CALS wants to express a huge THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers. Close to 400 volunteers donate their time to the library regularly throughout the year. Volunteers age 14 and older are welcome to work at library branches. These volunteers assist with stocking shelves, cleaning, boxing pulled books, preparing grab-and-go kits for programs, and other support as needed.
Volunteers allow the library to provide much-needed community services while keeping the overhead lower. They also fill in unique gaps and help with seasonal assistance that isn’t necessary year-round.
Volunteers who are at least age 16 provide support for our branches, programs, events, and outreach. These include:
- Count UP Math Tutoring, a virtual opportunity which provides math instruction to K-12 students.
- Be Mighty volunteers assist distributing meals curbside, prepare recipe kits for cooking programs, and prepare and hand out meal boxes.
- Friends of CALS Used Book Sale volunteers sort and shelve donated books in preparation for the sale in the basement of the Main Library building and these volunteers and others work during the sales held three times a year.
- Six Bridges Book Festival volunteers serve as moderators, sit on the talent search committee, and assist in preparation for and during the event.
- Rock It! Lab volunteers work the counter during pop-up sales and on Saturdays.
- Concordia Gallery volunteers welcome visitors to the gallery space.
- Volunteers help with concessions and box office at Ron Robinson Theater.
- Roberts Library front lobby desk volunteers welcome patrons to the library and to the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square. Volunteers also assist staff in the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and Encyclopedia of Arkansas. And volunteers help during 2nd Friday Art Night (2FAN).
- The garden at Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library utilizes volunteers to toil away at all things gardening onsite including providing seedlings to others. And there is now a raised garden at Millie Brooks Library and McMath Library. Recently, volunteers helped with the Spring Seed Swap at McMath Library.
- Volunteers provide support for various library outreach which has included the SOMA Mardi Gras Parade, Prom Dress Drive, and Spring Break Camps.
- We will soon ask volunteers to support the Be Mighty summer feeding program and Summer Reading Club activities.
Please contact Polly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-918-3085 to learn more about becoming a volunteer with CALS and making an impact in your community.