volunteering

Together, We Will: How We Can Help, How You Can Help

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The rains had not yet stopped before many of you began offering Harris County Public Library your help and support. We were not surprised; we know you. Still, we cannot adequately express our gratitude for your generosity. 

When the scope of the damage became apparent, many of you told us how your library has been a constant in your lives and in your children’s lives—a source of pleasure and growth, as well as a refuge. We know that when you saw the damage and heard that your library will be closed indefinitely, it was not unlike losing someone close to you. We want to assure you that Harris County Public Library intends to bring back all of our libraries better than ever. We also want you to know that 22 out of 26 of our branches will return to normal operating hours starting Monday, September 11.  We are ready to help you, and Harris County as whole, rebuild.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Summer is coming up quickly and the Barbara Bush Library is in need of volunteers to help during the summer. We are in need of volunteers to help us shelve during various days and times throughout the week. 

Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age or older and able to commit to at least 2 hours of service a week. Training is made available for all new volunteers. 

Please feel free to call the library at 281.376.4610 or email Jennifer at jennifer.nandlal@hcpl.net if you'd like more information about volunteering at the Barbara Bush Library. You can also download an application by going to HCPL's Volunteer Page. Once you complete the application, drop it off at the Barbara Bush Library and we will contact you regarding volunteering! 

Volunteers Needed!

Are you:

  • Dependable?
  • Curious?
  • Enjoy People-Watching?
  • Wanting to learn how to volunteer at the library?

We are currently looking for volunteers for Patron Count Week (April 3-8th).  Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer on their own, though volunteers under 14 are welcome with a parent or guardian. 
Patron Count Week volunteers will sit in our lobby and count customers as they enter the building.  We need one volunteer every hour that our building is open to the public.  If you are interested in signing up, please email our Volunteer Coordinator Shandy Pittman at shandy.pittman@hcpl.net or call 281-550-0885.

Give a Neighbor a Hand. Become a Volunteer Tutor

Make one of your new year's resolutions to give back a little to your community; become one of Harris County Public Library's indispensable volunteers tutors!

You choose when, where and what you want to teach. We supply all the training, materials and space. No previous teaching experience necessary. All you need is a few hours per week and a desire to help your neighbors.

Change Lives.for the Better; Become an ESL Tutor.

Most of us take for granted that we can speak and be understood. That is a luxury many of your neighbors don't have. But with only a few hours a week and a willingness to help, you can change that: Become an ESL tutor at HCPL.

Our next free training session is Tuesday, May 26. 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Evelyn Meador Branch Library. No teaching experience is necessary.

Help a Neighbor. Help your Community. Become a Volunteer ESL Tutor!

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Do you want to do the kind of volunteer work that will let you see with your own two eyes the impact you’re having? If so, Harris County Public Library has a volunteer opportunity for you: become an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor! No teaching experience is necessary. We provide the materials and space at the library to meet with students. All you need is a desire to help your neighbors and 1½ to 2 hours per week of your own choosing.

Giving Back

Everyone Helps, Everyone WinsDavid T. Levinson recently put out a great book showing you how to make the world a better place.  Organizing over fifty thousand volunteers, he's got what it takes to write on the subject.  Check out Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins.  Whether you write a check, help someone out, or volunteer locally (say, at the library - hint, hint), everyone wins.

Volunteer @ Your Library

Emily Dousay, Atascocita VolunTeen, displays her Steampunk journal.

In April, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which, for the first time, officially recognizes today, September 11, as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. One of the best ways to honor this day is to volunteer at your local library. Want to know how?

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