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Santa Barbara Public Library Volunteer Form

All applicants 18 years and older will be required to undergo a Livescan background check prior to being cleared to volunteer.

Adult Education: Adult Literacy Tutor 

  • Volunteer Tutors provide free one-on-one tutoring to adults in our community.
  • Help learners reach personal goals and gain the literacy skills they need.
  • No prior teaching/tutoring experience necessary.
  • Commitment, imagination, energy, flexibility, patience, and persistence are highly desired qualities in a tutor.
  • Tutor and learner pairs can meet at a location that works for both of them.
  • 8 hours of library-provided training required, 2 minimum hours per week commitment (one for prep., one for tutoring).

Circulation: Book Detective 

  • Search library shelves to find books that patrons have requested from a master list.
  • Must be able to work independently on all floors of the library.
  • Must be willing to work from a digital list on an IPad.
  • Must be focused, detail-oriented, able to sort and lift books, and ability to read small letters and numbers.
  • 2-hour shift, once a week minimum requirement.

Drop-In Mobile Assistant Tutors 

  • Tutors help volunteers in a flexible, drop-in setting with mobile devices including smart phones, tablets, and e-readers.
  • Must be knowledgeable in using mobile devices, patient, and enjoy working with people.
  • Must be willing to learn library e-resources and talk about them with learners.
  • Tutors assist drop-in patrons on the main level of the Santa Barbara Public Library.
  • 2-hour shift, once a week minimum commitment.

Technology: Computer Coaches 

  • Help adult patrons in a one-on-one setting with an assortment of computer issues.
  • The goal is to solve a specific tech problem within a one hour appointment.
  • Must have a basic grasp of common software and hardware, patience, and enjoy working with people.
  • Tutor and learner pairs meet during a previously scheduled appointment time at the Santa Barbara Public Library.
  • 1 hour minimum per week of tutoring commitment.

Teen Advisory Board (Eastside Library): Volunteers under 18 years old 

  • Attend meetings, training and events
  • Communicate effectively through email and online tools
  • Suggest books, magazines, music and other materials for purchase
  • Promote the library to their peers
  • Set goals and work well with other team members to achieve them
  • Assist with the business planning of the Eastside Library Vending Machine
  • Help plan and brainstorm programs for teens at the library

Teen Volunteers (Central Library): Volunteers under 18 years old 

  • Search library shelves to find books that patrons have requested from a master list.
  • Clean toys in the Children’s Library.
  • Event help during certain times throughout the year.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must be punctual, reliable, and professional.
  • At least one hour a week minimum requirement.

Teen Volunteers (Carpinteria Library): Volunteers under 18 years old 

  • Search library shelves to find books that patrons have requested from a master list.
  • Event help during certain times throughout the year.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must be punctual, reliable, and professional.
  • At least one hour a week minimum requirement.

Youth Services: OG Readers Volunteer Tutors 

  • Volunteer Tutors are a part of the Orton-Gillingham (OG) reading intervention program to teach kids who are struggling readers.
  • One-on-one tutoring setting with students between 1st-4th grades.
  • Must enjoy working with young people and exhibit patience.
  • Tutor and learner pairs meet in the evenings or on the weekends (after school hours) at the Santa Barbara Public Library.
  • 8 hour training required.
  • 1 hour minimum per week of tutoring, for 6 months commitment. 

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