Volunteer

Our volunteers are people of all ages who come from many cultures and have varied experience and backgrounds - people who support the mission of the library and want to lend a hand. Volunteers play a vital role in helping staff members provide top-quality service to our customers.
 
 

Current Volunteer Openings

Play Engagement Volunteers engage customers of all backgrounds, primarily children under the age of 12 and their caregivers, in our upcoming exhibit. Under the library staff's guidance, volunteers will facilitate drop-in art activities that spark curiosity and extend learning beyond the exhibit. Additionally, the volunteers will provide assistance in keeping our exhibit components tidy and stocked, and make sure everything is in good working order. Volunteers should have experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds.

Volunteer shifts are available Mondays and Wednesdays through Sundays. We are asking for a commitment of a minimum of one 2-hour shift per week for 10 weeks. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation and training session on Tuesday, December 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. or December 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run January 26 through April 7. Volunteers will sign up for their shifts after orientation.
 
Opportunity available to both teens and adults.
 
If you are interested in this position, please complete a Volunteer Interest Form.
Ever wonder what it's like to be a docent at a museum? Now's your chance! Surveyors will collect observational data and capture anecdotal feedback during our upcoming winter exhibit. We rely on our surveyors to provide us with statistical information about the individuals they observe enjoying our exhibit. This position doesn’t work directly with kids, but it will have indirect contact working on the library exhibit floor around kids and families.

Volunteer shifts are available Mondays and Wednesdays through Sundays. We are asking for a commitment of a minimum of one 2-hour shift per week for 10 weeks. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation and training session on Tuesday, December 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. or December 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run January 26 through April 7. Volunteers will sign up for their shifts after orientation. 

 
Opportunity available to both teens and adults.
 
If you are interested in this position, please complete a Volunteer Interest Form.
Do you enjoy helping other people learn basic computer skills?  Then please consider volunteering to become a coach for our Computer and Internet Classes. Our computer class coach volunteers act as assistants to the staff class instructor, moving around the classroom to provide assistance to those students who request it during the course of instruction.  He/she will serve as an additional resource for students.  Due to the public service nature of this position, consistent attendance is required. Volunteer shifts are available weekdays, weekday evenings and weekends.
 
We are looking for individuals who have teaching and/or mentoring experience.
 
If you are interested in this position, please complete a Volunteer Interest Form.
Do you have personal or professional experience with individuals who are learning to speak English? Are you kind and patient with those around you that ask questions? We are currently looking for English as a Second Language Tutors to meet weekly with our wonderful students. Each volunteer meets with 2 students per week, 1-hour per student to work towards improving conversational skills. Since it is important to build a working relationship with the ESL student, we do require at least a one-year commitment to this volunteer role.
 
If you are interested in this position, please complete a Volunteer Interest Form.
Please visit our Teen Volunteer Opportunity page at: http://www.ahml.info/teens/volunteer 
 
Our Teen and Tween Advisory Board monthly meetings are the best way to start getting involved with volunteering at AHML. Our Advisory Boards complete projects for both the library and area non-profit organizations. Additional volunteer opportunities will be presented to Advisory Board attendees with regular attendance, as opportunities arise throughout the school year.
 
If you see a volunteer opportunity that interests you, please follow the links to apply.
We provide court-mandated community service opportunities for both teens and adults. Court-mandated service hours are available to adults who require 20 hours or more of service. For teens to complete court-mandated community service, AHML does require a parent/legal guardian to attend orientation with their teen. An orientation meeting is also required for adult court-mandated volunteers. This 1-hour orientation meeting is by appointment only and is scheduled Mondays through Thursdays. Appointments are available between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Your shift schedule is created during the orientation meeting. Shifts are 4 hours each.
 
If you are interested in this position, please complete a Volunteer Interest Form.

What do Volunteers Do?

Our volunteers work in varied positions around the library and are involved in activities such as:

  • Acting as a host for library programs
  • Assisting customers with genealogy research
  • Assisting staff with projects or clerical duties
  • Greeting and directing customers
  • Sorting and organizing donations for the Friends of the Library book sales
  • Staffing the Reading Room or Computer Room at the Senior Center
  • Teaching or coaching during computer classes
  • Tutoring ESL students
 
If you are interested in volunteering at the library, please complete a volunteer interest form. For additional information, contact the volunteer office at 847-870-3784 or to kmccoy@ahml.info.

Celebrations

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrates the wonderful contribution made by all of our volunteers. In 2016, our 479 volunteers worked throughout the library and contributed more than 29,264 hours of service.
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Registered Volunteers

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If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
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Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
 
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  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
 
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
 
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