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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 Julia Carlis, Youth Programming Coordinator, at 651-450-2942 or by email

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. 

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 Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

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


Branch ​Librarian ​Orientation Session Schedule
Burnhaven Kristy Barnes ​Saturday, May 30, 10:30-11 a.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10:30-11 a.m.
​Farmington Andrew Cook ​Thursday, June 4, 4-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 1-1:30 p.m.
Galaxie Jerry Erickson ​Wednesday, June 3, 6-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10:30-11 a.m.
​Heritage Martha Bisek ​Saturday, June 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Inver Glen Peg Schmook ​Sessions scheduled as needed
Pleasant Hill Gladys Kim ​Thursday, May 28, 4-5 p.m.
​Robert Trail Christy Wayne ​Thursday, June 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.-noon
Wentworth Donell Clauser ​Sessions scheduled as needed
Wescott Shea Peeples ​Tuesday, June 2, 4-5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3, 4-5 p.m.

All volunteens must attend one orientation session.

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.

You can also drop off your completed application or mail it to your preferred branch.



Last updated: 5/6/2015 6:37 AM