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Volunteer at Your Library

There are many ways volunteers can contribute to the library.  Volunteers help attain the mission of lifelong learning by teaching computer classes, delivering library materials to homebound individuals, mending materials, and many other essential jobs.  We accept volunteers from ages 14 and up.  To learn more about volunteer openings at the Library, please call Beth Swartzbaugh at 253.841.5454 or email her at elizabeths@ci.puyallup.wa.us. 

If you wish to apply and you are 18 years or older, please fill out a volunteer application form, available at the Library Card Services Desk or download an application (pdf), and mail it to the Library.  You will be asked to complete a Washington State Patrol background check, which will require a signature and a copy of your current identification.

Please be aware that the Library cannot fulfill court-ordered community service hours.  Once we have received your application, we will contact you as soon as it has been processed. 


Teen Volunteers

Are you looking to complete those school-required volunteer hours?  There are multiple ways teens can volunteer with us.

Our teen advisory group, the League of Teen Advisors, meets on a monthly basis and can count towards volunteer hours. Anyone can join, no registration required. Meetings typically last two hours, and cover a variety of topics, which can include planning programs for teens, creating art projects of the Teen Zone, or choosing books for the library's Young Adult section, among other activities. This is an excellent opportunity for you to have a say in what sort of services the Library offers teens. Based on discussions at our meetings, we sometimes have additional volunteer opportunities, including creating displays or assisting with programs for teens, children, or adults.

Meeting dates and times are posted on our Teen Group page and Facebook page. You can also request to be added to our monthly newsletter about teen programs and receive email reminds about upcoming meetings.

Teens can also volunteer to help on a weekly basis at the Library, as space allows. These volunteers will learn some basic procedures and tasks associated with the Library's day-to-day operations. We accept volunteers from ages 14 and up. 

For teens ages 14 - 17, please download and complete the Teen Volunteer Application (pdf), and return it to the Library. If you are in high school and are 18 years or older, please fill out an Adult Volunteer Application (pdf). Adults will be asked to complete a Washington State Patrol background check, which will require a signature and a copy of your current identification. Both forms are also available at the Library Card Services Desk.

Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark.... In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.

- Germaine Greer 

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