April 15th through the 21st is National Volunteer Week! During this week, we like to give a huge “Thank you” to our volunteers. Our library and patrons benefit greatly from our volunteers and they are involved in ways the public may not know. Here are some of those ways they help:
At NCLBPH we have two recording booths to produce our talking books and magazines! We have multiple volunteers operating in teams of two, a monitor and a narrator, so we can convert traditionally printed text into an accessible format for our patrons!
Reviewers are a crucial step to the local production of talking books & magazines. Volunteers who review listen to our narrators’ recordings, checking for accuracy. Once the material is reviewed, it’s returned to the monitor & narrator for corrections. This way, we’re certain our library is producing quality accessible reading material!
The mailing area is one of the busiest areas for our volunteers. Our volunteers help the library operate by preparing our mailing materials such as newsletters, brochures, and applications. On normal days, we may one or two volunteers working in that area, but when it’s time send out newsletters, we could have up to five volunteers working as a team to take on such an enormous task!
The way volunteers help NCLBPH’s circulation department is by properly inspecting books returned by patrons. They check if the cartridges were turned into the right box or if they were in the box, if any patrons sent a note, and they check for any damages!
NCLBPH’s Friends group is a major part of operations for the library! They financially support NCLBPH’s mission augmenting the state and federal funding. The Friends group doesn’t help our library for money, but instead to secure accessible reading for all! You may learn more about the friends clicking the link below!
Volunteer week is a great way to recognize all volunteers, and though we constantly thank our volunteers we also hold a recognition meal in their honor for the services they provide for us. You may see photos from some of the past recognition dinners and lunch in the links below!
If you are interested in donating your time and effort to our library and its mission you may click the link below to find out how you may begin volunteering!