“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead, U.S. Anthropologist (1901-1978)


Equal Opportunity Policy

The City of Springfield maintains a strong equal opportunity policy. Volunteers are recruited, placed, trained, recognized and dismissed on the basis of competence and job performance, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability or political affiliation.

Volunteer Inquiries

The Springfield City Library values the time and the interest of citizens who would like to volunteer. All those interested should speak with the manager or supervisor of the branch library where they would like to help. Following that, an application form and a Criminal Offense Record Investigation (CORI) form according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must be completed. Prospective volunteers under the age of 18 must also have signed permission from their parent or legal guardian. Please direct any questions to Raeshaun Holmes, Volunteer Coordinator at 413-263-6839 or by using the form below.

Current volunteer needs:

Various Branches – Read-Aloud Volunteer – In order to provide reading models and stimulate a love of reading, the Springfield City Library will offer children ages 5-12 the opportunity to read with a read-aloud volunteer during the summer. The read-aloud volunteer will read to and with children present in the library, one-on-one or in a small group. (Mandatory training will be provided)

All Branches – Special event helper: Assisting with special events, hosting programs, helping with one time needs.

Brightwood – After school volunteer (Tuesdays 3:30-5pm during school year); Summer Reading program (June-August)

East Forest Park –Teen Advisory Board Volunteer (Teens Only)

Forest Park – Lego Club Helper
Craft Volunteer (2)- Cut craft parts for summer reading craft projects, make a sample and set it up for that week. Also set up a scavenger hunt for the corresponding week. It will alternate between drop-in crafts and scavenger hunts. This is an 10 week commitment starting June 15 – August 22.
Garden/Beautification Volunteer – Weed, nurture and care for plants in the new Reading Garden and the grounds surrounding the Forest Park Library. Also help keep the grounds looking beautiful. No lawn mowing or heavy bush trimming. May include picking up litter on the front lawn. (Gloves would be provided)

Indian Orchard – Teen Advisory Board (Teens Only)

Read Write Now – Adult Basic Education Tutor (Training will begin Summer 2015)
Conversation Partner


Volunteer applications:

Volunteer Application Form
Teen Volunteer Application Form
Under 18 years City Permission form for Volunteers

For more information, contact Raeshaun Holmes, Volunteer Coordinator at 413-263-6839 or by using this form: