Volunteering at the Library

The Volunteer Program at Kingston Frontenac Public Library creates opportunities for individuals to voluntarily extend their services to support the library without receiving any remuneration.

Volunteers supplement the work of paid staff by participating in the Teen Advisory Groups, Teen Review Board, New Adult Advisory Board, and driving for our shut-in service.

Availability of Volunteer Opportunities

When there is a need to welcome more volunteers at our branches we will advertise on our website for the volunteer opportunity and at that time will accept applications for the opportunity.

Eligibility

If you are 14 or older and willing to make a commitment of at least 3 months then you would be eligible to apply.

Requirements

We ask volunteers to have a library card or a family library card in the case of our teen volunteers. We also require our volunteers to provide an up to date Criminal Record Check (for the Vulnerable sector). The cost of the CRC will be refunded by the library. The Teen Review Board does not require a CRC.

Current Opportunities

Reading Buddies

The call for volunteers for the 2022 Reading Buddies program has closed. For information about the program, please contact Kristen Lemay, Acting Manager, Programming and Outreach at klemay@kfpl.ca.

French Reading Buddies

Are you looking for a fun way to earn volunteer hours? Join KFPL as a teen volunteer for French Reading Buddies. Teen volunteers must be bilingual in French and English.

KFPL’s French Reading Buddies program nurtures the developing literacy skills of young readers. Teen volunteers and Library staff collaborate to provide French reading support and fun literacy activities for developing readers who are ages 6 to 9.

Recruitment for the fall 2022 French Reading Buddies has closed.

Teen Review Board (TRB)

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the Teen Review Board from across Kingston and the Townships of Frontenac.

TRB members write reviews of KFPL books, movies, video games and music from home. There are no meetings, and no scheduled hours.

To apply, download the brochure and complete the application form: Teen Review Board

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

The Teen Advisory Group is a youth-led library programming and community development opportunity for teens!

TAG members receive volunteer hours for attending monthly meetings, helping to develop library programs for other teens, and for participating in other TAG and KFPL projects.

Activities for the groups will begin in September 2022. Teens who will be in Grades 9 to 12 this fall are eligible to apply.

Positions are still available for the Virtual TAG. The first meeting is on Tuesday, September 27.

For more information, please email our TAG coordinators at teen-advisory-group@kfpl.ca.

To apply, download the brochure and complete the application form: Teen Advisory Group

Repair It!

Are you a local who enjoys fixing broken lamps, stuffed animals, or other home goods? Can you help other locals build their skills and save a record player from the landfill?

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library and Repair Café Kingston are looking for volunteers who are willing to coach other people on how to repair their broken items.

For more details about the program and to apply, please review the call for volunteers.

New Adult Advisory Board (NAAB)

The NAAB is a volunteer opportunity for youth ages 18-30. As a NAAB member you will:

  • plan and promote programs for new adults
  • participate in community events
  • recommend books, magazines, music, DVDs, and other materials for the library to purchase
  • assist staff in developing a Summer Reading Challenge for adults

Recruitment for the 2022-2023 session is open. To apply, please review the call for volunteers.

Kingston Youth Climate Council

Climate change is one of the most pressing global issues of our time, and climate justice the necessary path for a livable future. Are you looking for a way to explore this issue and earn volunteer hours? Join KFPL as a teen volunteer for the Kingston Youth Climate Council.

As a member of the KYCC, you will help design, execute, and lead a process of climate education, connection, empowerment, and action that will engage youth in Kingston.

To apply and learn more, please review the call for volunteers. Applications are due by September 12, 2022.

Links and Partnership

KAAAV (Kingston & Area Association of Administrators of Volunteers)

Volunteer Canada

United Way, Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington, Volunteer Centre

Friends of the Library

Another opportunity for volunteering is with the Friends of the Library, a volunteer led charitable organization that raises funds to enhance services, materials and equipment not provided by public funding.

If you are interested in joining or finding out more about the Friends of the Library please visit the Friends of the Library page.