Gloucestershire libraries offer a book selection service for customers who are unable to visit their local library in person, as well as for residential and care homes and other similar settings. The book selectors choose books based on an individual’s or residential home’s particular requirements to ensure that the books are a good match and will interest their readers. It’s a valuable volunteer role that allows the libraries to be accessed and enjoyed by as many people as possible.
Tewkesbury library really values its volunteers. An individual member of staff will be allocated as your main contact and you’ll receive all the training that you need to be a confident, successful and effective Book Selector volunteer. You’ll have a review after 3 or 4 sessions to make sure are comfortable in your volunteering role.
As a Book Selector volunteer you will select appropriate books from the library’s stock based on an individual’s or residential homes requirement. You might have books that you have enjoyed that you put forward for the readers, but equally it is about sourcing booking that might not be your cup of tea but that will suit others based on their interests and what they have enjoyed previously. You’ll process up the books and pack them ready for collection of delivery. When the books are returned you’ll process them back to the shelves and make up a new selection for that customer.
Some of the books can be quite heavy so a reasonable level of fitness to carry and pack up the books is required. If you do have any concerns in this area though, please do speak to library staff as reasonable adjustments can be made to adapt the role to suit you. Tewkesbury library is very keen to make all its volunteering positions accessible to all. The library has flat access and automatic doors and parking with spaces for those with access needs.
You’ll also require an ability to use the library’s IT systems to process the books (if you can issue and return your own books using the library’s self service system you are well on your way to having the skills you’ll need) and the ability to work on your own initiative and put yourself in someone else’s shoes to work out what books they might be interested in. Most of all though you will need a genuine enthusiasm and passion for books and reading. You would organise with the library what days and times suited you both best to come in to do your volunteering.
Some Book Selectors volunteer in this role across a number of libraries. At the moment the following libraries are seeking Book Selector volunteers: Charlton Kings; Churchdown; Gloucester; Hesters Way; Nailsworth, Tetbury and Up Hatherley.
If you would like more information about this volunteering opportunity without committing yourself to it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why get involved?
By volunteering as a Book Selector you are helping ensure that as many people as possible can access the library and books. Reading can be an important activity for those that find it difficult to get out and about, widening their world to anywhere the books can take them. Its also a great chance to share your love of books with others and there is a good chance that you’ll discover books and authors you were unaware of to widen your own reading through seeing the suggestion and requests of others and searching out books for them.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from Gloucestershire Library Service with more information
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