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Volunteer Opportunities

​Volunteers are appreciated at all the Dakota County Library branches and enhance the quality of services. Here are some ways to get involved at the library.

Adopt-a-Shelf Program
One volunteer activity is the Adopt-a-Shelf program. Volunteer an hour a week and adopt your own shelf of adult or children's fiction or nonfiction books to keep in order. VolunteerServicesApplicationForm.pdfDownload an application for volunteer services.

Early Literacy Installation at Wescott
Volunteers are needed to assist with Wescott’s Play and Learn Zone. For information on specific volunteer needs and opportunities, please Jennifer Verbrugge, Youth Programming Coordinator, at 651-450-2942 or by email

volunteen.jpgVolunteens
The Volunteen program is an opportunity for youth, ages 12–18, to participate in a community service activity during the summer months. Volunteens assist youth librarians in registering children and teens for the Summer Reading Experience and help with library events from June to August.

To get the most out of this volunteer experience, it is important that you be an enthusiastic supporter of children and reading. Volunteens may also assist with other library and community service projects. Volunteen slots are limited. For more details on how the program works and specific dates, please call the individual libraries. Beginning May 1, you can download an application to participate in the Volunteens program. Print applications may also be picked up at any Dakota County Library branch. Completed applications are due May 24, 2013.

You can email applications to the teen librarian at the branch where you’d like to volunteer:

Burnhaven (Burnsville) – Kristy Barnes
Farmington – Andrew Cook
Galaxie (Apple Valley) – Jerry Erickson
Heritage (Lakeville) – Martha Bisek
Inver Glen (Inver Grove Heights) – Peg Schmook
Pleasant Hill (Hastings) – Gladys Kim
Robert Trail (Rosemount) – Linda Armstrong
Wentworth (West St. Paul) – Donell Clauser
Wescott (Eagan) – Shea Peeples

Digital signatures are not accepted on emailed applications. Please print your filled-in application, make sure both the volunteer and parent/guardian sign the application, then scan and email the file.

Alternately, you can drop off your completed application or mail it to your preferred branch.

Volunteen training sessions
Burnhaven
Saturday, June 1, 10:30-11 a.m.

Farmington
Friday, June 7, 4-4:30 p.m.

Galaxie
Saturday, June 1, 10-10:30 a.m., or
Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-7 p.m.

Heritage
Friday, June 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Inver Glen
On-the-job training will be provided

Pleasant Hill
Monday, June 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Robert Trail
Saturday, June 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., or
Saturday, June 8, 1-2 p.m.

Wentworth
Wednesday, June 5, 4-5 p.m.

Wescott
Thursday, May 30, 6-7 p.m., or
Friday, May 31, 4-5 p.m.

Last updated: 5/10/2013 5:26 AM