A Few Good Volunteers

West Slope Library is looking for a few good volunteers to help keep the library running!

We are recruiting for the following positions:

Shelving: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm
This position shelves books and media. Requires the ability to lift 15lbs, push up to 50lbs, and bend/kneel for up to 2 hours.

Pull Holds/Check-in: Fridays 8am-10am
This position pulls books and media from the shelves and checks in library materials. Requires the ability to lift 15lbs, push up to 50lbs, bend/kneel, and use a computer.

Pull Holds/Check-in: Saturdays 8:30am-10:30am
This position pulls books and media from the shelves and checks in library materials. Requires the ability to lift 15lbs, push up to 50lbs, bend/kneel, and use a computer.

Shelving: Saturdays 1pm-3pm
This position shelves books and media. Requires the ability to lift 15lbs, push up to 50lbs, and bend/kneel for up to 2 hours.

Event Assistant: First Fridays (Monthly) 5:30pm-8:30pm
This position helps set up and break down for the library’s movie night. Requires the ability to lift 15lbs, push up to 50lbs, and bend/kneel for short periods of time

Visit the library to pick up and fill out a volunteer application, or download an application [PDF] and bring it in.

The West Slope Library Volunteer Coordinator will contact applicants regarding scheduling and job assignments.

Questions? Please contact us.

 

Library Advisory Board Opening

Patron at bookshelfThe West Slope Community Library Advisory Board has an open position and is seeking applicants. Public participation is important, and individuals interested in participating in West Slope Library’s development are welcome to apply.

The Advisory Board is comprised of five registered users of West Slope Community Library. Board members are appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. All members represent the geographical area around West Slope Community Library (Raleigh Hills and West Slope).

Meetings: 6 times a year, the third Thursday of the month
Term: 3 years
Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
Closing date: Until filled

Purpose and Duties
Duties of the WSCL Advisory Board include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist the West Slope Community Library Manager and WCCLS Manager in preparing a plan with goals, objectives, priorities, performance measures, and evaluation procedures regarding library operations, programs, and budgets, and to participate in the drafting and continual review of the plan.
  • Review the Library’s mission and recommend Library and Board goals on an annual basis.
  • Recommend programs and services the Library should provide to address the needs of the community.
  • Learn about the library and its services in order to serve as a conduit to the community.

Board members should have an understanding of and support for the basic tenets of public library service, including the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement.

To Apply
If interested, please apply online or come into the library to pick up an application. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Washington County posts all board and commission vacancies online.

Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Cady

Meet Bob Cady, one of West Slope Library’s amazing volunteers who give of their time and energy without asking for anything in return.

Bob CadyBob began his career as an Officer in the Navy and then moved into human resources, working for a number of major corporations. In his working life and his personal life, Bob has always lived by the rule imparted to him by his own father: “Finish what you start.” Although he has moved around a lot, he has managed to create a sense of community and belonging for himself, his family, and his neighbors in each city because of his kindness and warmth.

Bob considers himself a family man. He and his wife Jean raised two Eagle Scouts (quite an accomplishment when your family must frequently move from city to city!) who have grown into lifelong learners themselves. He stays connected with his family, helping his two sons with their businesses and caring for his grandchildren, who are the center of his life.

Even after retiring, Bob maintains a busy life, spending time with his grandchildren and keeping up on all his hobbies, like woodworking, skiing, biking, radio controlled models, and HAM radio operation. And, of course, he makes time to volunteer!

Bob helps check in and shelve materials, and he also works as a library tech volunteer, helping people learn how to use their digital devices and download ebooks. He loves gadgets and he loves working alongside people following his personal rule to see the task through to completion. The people who learn from him love his warmth and sympathetic approach. When asked why he chose to volunteer at the library, Bob says it’s his way to return the favor for all the benefits his kids and grandkids have received from the library.

The library is so fortunate to have volunteers like Bob who are willing to share their talents and their energy with others. This spirit of volunteerism is what makes the library such a welcoming place of opportunity for everyone in the community.

Interested in volunteering? Let us know!