When you volunteer at the Olathe Public Library, you give an extraordinary gift to our community.The library has volunteer opportunities for individuals, teens and families.
Volunteers must be 13 years of age or older unless volunteering for the teen department or as a part of the family volunteer program (2nd grade and up).
We are unable to accept or authorize any court ordered community service volunteers.
Teen Department Volunteers (6th - 12th graders)
Opportunities for teens include assisting with Meet & Eat, helping kids in K— 10th grade with homework or serving as a teen ambassador representing the library at events and helping with programs. Time Commitment: Varies. Read more.
If you have attention to detail this job is for you. Help us restock our shelves and keep them in alphabetical/numerical order. Volunteers must be able to bend, stoop and lift, stand for extended periods of time, push a loaded book cart and read fine print on spines. Time Commitment: Two hours a week with a minimum commitment of 15 hours.
Help locate items on shelves to fill holds and alphabetize them for pick-up. Volunteers must be able to bend, stoop and lift, stand for extended periods of time, push a loaded book cart and read fine print on spines. Time Commitment: Two hours a week with a minimum commitment of 15 hours. Holds assistants are needed Monday through Saturday mornings and early afternoons only.
Book Sale Volunteers
Help the Friends of the Library set-up, tear-down or price items for their book sales. Set-up and tear-down volunteers must be able to bend, stoop and lift, stand for extended periods of time, push a loaded book cart or two-wheeler and move heavy boxes. Time Commitment: A few hours.
Library to You Volunteers (LTY)
Select and deliver library materials to Olathe residents who are unable to come to the library. Volunteers must be capable of lifting book bags of up to 10 pounds each and have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and a car. Library to You Volunteers must also pass a background check and sign an agreement to maintain confidentiality. Time Commitment: a few hours each month, depending on the number of individuals you are visiting. To learn more about LTY please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer Class Volunteer
Do you know Excel backwards and forwards? Are you fluent in a popular programming language like Java? We’re looking for volunteers with computer skills and an inclination toward teaching or training to lead computer classes at the library. Must be at least 18 years-old. Time commitment: Varies.
Adult Program Volunteer
We’re looking for volunteers to act as assistants in library programs, or to present programs in their area of expertise. Tasks for assistants vary from moving furniture to preparing supplies to just being another person willing to assist presenters or participants in their activities. Must be at least 18 years-old. Time commitment: Varies.
Volunteer Scholarship Opportunity
The Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship, given by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library, honors graduating seniors who have completed 100 hours or more of volunteer work at the library.
Volunteers can begin accumulating hours in the summer before their freshman year in high school.
The scholarship honors Curtis Gilmore, a library volunteer from 2003 to 2005 who passed away in 2007. He was a senior at Olathe North High School, due to graduate in May 2007. Gilmore contributed 116 hours of volunteer time at the library. He is fondly remembered for his humor, friendliness and commitment to helping others.