As a service to our community, your gift of time and abilities is greatly appreciated! Your contributions are critical to the Library’s ability to fulfill its mission to improve lives through the power of information, ideas, and innovation. You may browse this page for opportunities to work with various Library departments, including adult, teens, children, makerspace and book sales. Please review our Volunteer Policy before you apply. 

This is a rewarding experience for individuals who are excited to learn, have fun and meet new people. We provide training and support for all candidates. 

Children’s Room Teen Volunteers

Please note: All volunteer positions are currently filled. We thank you for your interest in assisting our community!

The children’s room accepts applications for teen volunteers through our volunteer application form. Our summer session is currently full, but application review for our fall session will begin on August 15. Should you have any questions, please email Children’s Librarian, Kat Liddle at [email protected].

Sara Sherman NOW Lab Volunteers

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with craft prep, staffing, teaching, and general creativeness! You don’t need to know how to work any of the equipment, but we’re happy to teach you if you’re interested.

Email [email protected] to find out how you can help or fill out an application by clicking here.

Book Sales

The Goodnow Book Nook is a gently used book store operated by the Goodnow Library Foundation. We are looking for volunteers to help with our big book sales and also with sorting and curating books. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Setup, cleanup, and working in-person sales
    • Fall Book Sale (mid-October)
    • Spring Book Sale (April-May)
  • Sorting and curating donations
    • We are always receiving donations and need help organizing them.
    • Determine what will be sold online, on the in-library shelf, or at the big book sales.
    • Think creatively about special donations, like antique books or special editions.

Email [email protected] if you are interested in joining our team!

Adult Volunteers

Please note: All volunteer positions are currently filled. We thank you for your interest in assisting our community!

We accept applications for adult volunteers to share their talents, skills and knowledge assisting library staff with a variety of services. We request a commitment of six months, at three hours per week. Please fill out our Volunteer Application Form. If you prefer a paper form, please ask at the Circulation or Reference Desks. Once applications are received and reviewed, volunteers will be contacted if there is an opening that matches their skills.

If you have any questions about the process, please email Emily Lerner at [email protected]

Teen Volunteers

Interested in volunteering to help with the Teen Area? We have a few volunteer options for local high school students!

  • Joining the Teen Advisory Board. This once a month meeting is your chance to help plan programming, provide feedback on the teen area to make the Goodnow Library a better place for teens!
  • Shelf Reading and collection maintenance
  • Writing book reviews, creating book lists and displays
  • Helping run programs for tweens. This could be preparing craft projects or assisting with all sorts of meetings, like book clubs, coding workshops, gaming groups, or really anything that fits your interests! We love offering teen-led programs.

If you are interested, please submit your application here.

Should you have any questions, please email Teen Librarian, Laurie Ensley, at [email protected].