In February 1972, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) received a federal grant from the Library Services and Construction Act, Title I funds, to initiate a volunteer program for one year. As stated in the original proposal, the objectives of the project were to extend library services beyond the capabilities of the library staff and develop better public relations and support in the community.
In July 1973, the Library took over the responsibility for funding and maintaining the volunteer project within its own budget. Valuable contributions are made by volunteers to the Library's mission of promoting and making available resources that fill the lifelong learning needs of the citizens and residents of Prince George's County.
PGCMLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry or national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, disability or perceived disability, occupation, political opinion, personal appearance, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other prohibited basis in employment or the provision of services.
The following are examples of volunteer assignments. No volunteer, either regular or temporary, may be assigned to the Circulation or Information Desks at any time.
Circulation Aide - Sorts and shelves Library materials; straightens shelves; repairs materials; puts labels on books.
Computer Aide - Assists novice users in performing basic commands; performs basic troubleshooting. Aides with extensive computer experience may offer one-on-one tutoring or conduct workshops for small groups on computer basics, word processing, spreadsheets and other software available on Library computers.
Facilitators for the Language Conversation Club - The role of the facilitator is to plan and lead activities that promote English conversational skills for adult English language learners, or for Spanish Conversation Clubs, for those adults interested in promoting their Spanish conversation skills, all in a welcoming, fun and respectful environment. There are multiple locations available and schedules to select from.
Facility Aide - Assists with various facility duties such as straightening up areas after use; dusting; picking up and disposing of debris inside or outside the facility.
Kids Achieve Club Mentor - The role of the mentor is to promote the education of students through reading to children in grades 1st-6th and provide homework assistance. Mentors are not required to be bilingual, however there’s a high need for the following languages: Spanish, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Amharic, French and ASL. Teens over the age of 15 are welcomed to apply and can earn credit towards community service hours. There are multiple locations available and schedules to select from.
Library Aide - Assists with general library or office work, types, files; uses computer terminal for routine tasks such as checking in materials.
Leamos @ Your Library - The role of the Leamos instructor and/or assistant volunteer is to teach illiterate/low literacy Spanish-speakers to read and write in their native language. The instructor will be delivering verbal and written activities and exercises to students for the sole purpose of learning basic Spanish literacy, with the assistant providing aid. The activities are geared towards adults who have the desire to learn and utilize written and verbal language skills.
Program Aide - Assists with story times, puppet theaters and other programs.
Find out more
To find out more about the availability of any volunteer opportunities, contact the branch at which you would like to volunteer. Applications for temporary and regular volunteer service are available at the branches.