We have two volunteer opportunities

 

We currently have two volunteer opportunities with Friends of the Tualatin Library:

  • Book Evaluator – The book evaluator position involves assessing donated books and determining how to utilize and price them for our various sale venues. This is primarily computer work, using a couple of online tools. Volunteers who do this task for the Friends usually work 2-3 hours per week in our workroom at the library. The days/times are flexible and training will be provided by an experienced volunteer.
     
  • Newsletter Editor – Do you like to write? The Friends have an opening for Newsletter Editor. You would write/edit stories for the newsletter, monitor emails and comments from readers, and maintain the newsletter mailing list. Our newsletter is in email format using the MailChimp platform. It’s currently published several times per year; the frequency is open to change depending on the volunteer’s availability. This position requires a commitment of 5 to 10 hours per month. You’ll find additional information in the Newsletter Editor job description.

If you’re interested in either of these positions, please contact President Laura Baker at president@friendsoftualatinlibrary.org

Two volunteer opportunities

We currently have two volunteer opportunities with Friends of the Tualatin Library:

  • Membership Coordinator – If you’re detail oriented, know your way around a basic spreadsheet, and like to work independently from home in your jammies, please consider volunteering as Membership Coordinator. This person keeps track of membership renewals and new members. We are currently using mailings to reach out for renewals, but are open to ideas from a new coordinator to streamline the process. The time commitment during the membership drive is 1-2 hours per week but is minimal the rest of the year. Check out the job description for additional information.        
     
  • Newsletter Editor – Do you like to write? Looking for a volunteer opportunity with a fun nonprofit? The Friends have an opening for Newsletter Editor. You would write and edit stories for the newsletter, monitor emails and comments from readers, and maintain the newsletter mailing list. Our newsletter is in email format using the MailChimp platform. It’s currently published several times per year; the frequency is open to change depending on the volunteer’s availability. This position requires a commitment of 5 to 10 hours per month. You’ll find additional information in the Newsletter Editor job description.

If you’re interested in either of these positions, please contact President Laura Baker at president@friendsoftualatinlibrary.org

Friends named an Outstanding Volunteer Group for 2020

At the April 12th Tualatin City Council meeting, the Friends of the Tualatin Public Library organization was recognized as one of Tualatin’s Outstanding Volunteer Groups of 2020. Friends President Laura Baker had this to say:

“It was a tough and challenging year on so many levels, one in which many Friends’ groups around the country were understandably not able to operate at all. During lockdown we kept a low profile as required but eventually, our creative, energetic group of volunteers came up with safe ideas that we were able to implement with the support of library staff. I’m humbled by the honor but it’s well deserved by our group.”

Library Volunteer Coordinator Margaret Gunther sums up our year pretty well: “Seriously, in the year that was 2020, we watched the Friends respond to this crisis like the pros you are. Can’t sell books in the Library? You kept selling them on Amazon. Can’t have seasonal sales in the Library? No matter, you came up with Bag o’ Books and still funded our Tween Readers program! And that’s just the stuff I know about, I’m sure there was so much more going on behind the scenes.”

Friends volunteers were also well represented in the City’s list of Adult Outstanding Volunteers with our own Dee and Don Sitko and Kay Kendall receiving special mention.

Contact us if you’d like to learn about opportunities to volunteer with the Friends.

Volunteer opportunity with the online book selling team

Shipper neededThe Friends online book selling team needs a third shipper.

We operate an online bookstore with Amazon.com. The number of books and DVDs in our store varies depending on donations; at this writing we have 479 items listed. Every week we add some and sell others, so the titles available are in constant flux.

Our Amazon shipping policy states that we ship within two days of receiving an order. To fulfill that requirement, we’ve established procedures to ship every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We have a 100% five-star approval rating from customers for the past year and don’t want to risk losing that by shipping late.

What’s involved? On your shipping day, you’d check the Friends Amazon account to see what orders need to be fulfilled. You’d pull the items from the shelves in the Friends workroom and package them for shipping. And then you’d drop them off at the post office. The time commitment depends on how many books were sold, but it generally takes two to four hours. The three shippers keep in close contact and cover for each other when the need arises. And we “close” the store at least twice a year to give everyone a break.

We provide all of the supplies needed for shipping. And we buy postage online, so there’s no standing in line when you drop the packages off at the post office. No experienced needed; we’ll provide the training.

We invite you to contact us if you’re interested in learning more about this volunteer position.

Volunteers needed for Fall book sale

Book sale volunteers neededVolunteers are needed for the Fall book sale, November 2-4, 2018.

We need volunteers to help with the set-up of the sale Friday morning and the take down on Sunday afternoon. During sale hours, we need volunteers to support the cashiers by tallying up sales and also to assist our customers on the sale floor. Set up for the sale will occur on 11/2/18, 9 am – 1 pm. Shifts through the weekend during the sale are for 2-3 hours at a time.

Sale hours are:

  • Friday, November 2nd, 2 – 6 pm (members only for the first hour)
  • Saturday November 3rd, 10 – 4 pm
  • Sunday November 4th, 1 – 4 pm

This time, we’ve automated sign-ups with Sign-Up Genius, an online volunteer recruitment service. Sign-Up Genius is easy and you don’t need an account with them to use it. Here are the steps:
1. Go to our page on Sign-Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4aaeab2babf94-fall
2. Scroll down the page to see what time slots are still open.
3. Click the “Sign Up” box for any shifts you would like to sign up for. You can sign up for multiple shifts if you’d like.
4. Click the “Submit and Sign Up” box at the center-bottom of the page

If you prefer to sign up via email, please contact us.