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Volunteering with Broward County Libraries
Broward County > Library > News > Spotlights > Volunteering with Broward County Libraries

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What’s In It for Me?

A male volunteer helps students on their computers

Giving your time and effort to improve your community and help others – that’s what volunteering is about. There are many reasons that people volunteer. Some volunteers need to complete necessary community service hours, while others have a desire to share valuable skills, feel needed, gain skills, be challenged, meet new people and impact their community. According to a study this year from the United States Department of Labor, about 65 million people volunteered for an organization at least once between September 2011 and September 2012.
 
Whether you want the chance to make a difference in someone’s life, make friends and have fun or earn valuable community service hours and professional experience, Broward County Libraries is a place where you can share your special skills and better your world.
 
Library Volunteer Program (LVP)
 
The Broward County Library relies heavily on volunteers to deliver an array of programs and services from, computer technology, shelving books, tutoring a student or leading a library tour. The Library has welcomed almost 5,000 adult and teen volunteers since May 2013 alone. Whatever your special skill or interest area, we can find a place for you with flexible hours that fit your schedule.
 
To get started, download and complete the Library Volunteer Person (LVP) application, which can be filled out on your computer and then printed. Bring the completed application and photo identification to the library location where you would like to volunteer. Students under the age of 18 need their parent/guardian signature on these forms. There's an approval process and background check associated with the application process. For more information, call 954-201-8381 or e-mail LibraryVolunteers@broward.org.
   
LVP Opportunities for Teens
 
A teen volunteer helps her young student with his homeworkNeed community service hours? Earn them at a Broward County Library, where you can make new friends and have a good time, all while fulfilling your school requirements. Volunteering is also a great way to get real-life work experience, enhance your résumé and give a boost to your college applications. Hone your leadership skills by joining the Library’s Teen Advisory Board. Almost every Broward County Library location has one, and they provide valuable input on teen programs and events as well as the selection of books and other materials. To fast track your involvement, just stop by any branch library and see a Youth Services librarian for details.
 
Prime Time 2 
 
Two senior ladies reading a book in front of preschoolers sitting on the floorPrime Time 2 is an award-winning early literacy program that brings together seniors and disadvantaged preschoolers for mutual benefit through story programs. It pairs volunteers who want to read stories to children with day-care centers in Broward County. The library system provides a ten-week site assignment complete story kits that may be checked out at Broward County Libraries by the volunteers. The next training workshops will be held September 25 and October 30, 2013. For more information, leave your name and phone number at 954-357-7846 to receive a return call with complete program details. The final day for registering for the workshop will be September 4, 2013.
 
Each One, Teach One
 
Make a real difference in someone’s life with Each One, Teach One. The Library’s Each One, Teach One program gives you the chance to teach another adult to read and/or write. Participants are required to complete training. For more information or to register for training, call 954-357-6230 or e-mail learningservices@broward.org. View the Each One, Teach One tutor training schedule.
 
English Café
 
Like to chat? Volunteer at the English Café, a place where speakers of other languages can practice conversational English. For more information call 954-357-6230 or e-mail learningservices@broward.org.
 
OASIS Connections 
  
Teach free computer classes through OASIS Connections, a curriculum of computer courses for mature adults designed to build confidence and success. Classes are held at select Broward County library locations, usually during weekday mornings or afternoons, and cover such topics as “Getting Acquainted with the Computer,” and “Exploring the Internet.”
 
You don’t have to be a computer expert to participate in the OASIS Connections program, but a good working knowledge of how to use a computer is important. Volunteers are trained to teach, and comprehensive course manuals and support are provided. For more information or to apply, call 954-357-7537.
 
The Broward Public Library Foundation
 
The Broward Public Library Foundation is committed to enhancing the collections, programs and services of the Broward County Library system beyond the means of public funding. Over the years, it has grown into one of the most successful fundraising vehicles for the Broward County Libraries Division. The Foundation continuously strives to create new literary programs with a distinctive mix of literary, social and educational elements for the benefit of our community. It also supports community events such as the Library’s annual Children’s BookFest and StoryBook Fest.
 
Fundraising events include Literary Feast, a well-known community event that has brought more than 365 authors to Broward County since it began in 1988, a series of special events which celebrates books and authors. For more information, call 954-357-8086 or e-mail jsmith@bplfoundation.org.

Friends of Broward County Library Friends of the Library
   
A senior volunteer helps her young student with her homeworkThe Friends of Broward County Library, Inc. is an umbrella organization of 32 local chapters. It has been instrumental in the growth of the library system since 1975, brings together the leaders of local Friends groups at meetings at the county, state and federal level. It also helps to sustain county, state and federal funding for the library system.
 
Monthly meetings provide opportunities for Friends to share successful ideas and plan for the future. Advocacy efforts of board members include participation in Library Days in Tallahassee and trips to Washington while Congress is in session. For more information, e-mail friends@broward.org or call 954-357-7771.
 
Library Advisory Board
 
The Library Advisory Board is group of Broward County residents that advise the Libraries Division, the County Administrator and the County Commission on all matters pertaining to the library systems and public library service. Each Broward County Commissioner appoints two board members from his or her district - each serves two-year terms and can be reappointed indefinitely. The Board is the people's voice on all matters pertaining to Broward County Library.
 
Meetings are open to the public and are held in January, March, May, September, and November in the boardroom on the 8th floor of the Main Library, 100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. The meetings are open to the public. For additional information, please call Library Administration at 954-357-7397.

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