“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. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. 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:

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

Brightwood
After school volunteer – (Tuesdays 3:30-5pm during school year) We need interested teens and adults that would like to assist with a very popular after-school program held at our Brightwood Branch library. The ideal candidate would also want to assist librarians with Summer Reading programs during June, July and August.

East Forest Park
Teen Advisory Board Volunteer (Teens Only) – Suggest and plan programs and select material purchases for middle and high school students (on hold until further notice applications will be kept on file)
Craft Volunteer – Cut craft parts for reading craft projects, make displays and layout display for that week. Also arrange a scavenger hunt for the corresponding week. Weeks will alternate between drop-in crafts and scavenger hunts.

Forest Park
Lego Club Volunteer – Assist 5-12 year olds with building Lego designs. Develop mini projects and challenges. Take photos of creations. Lego club meets the first Tuesday of the month at 3:30pm. Must be comfortable working with kids and creating a positive learning environment.
Chess Volunteer – Engage children and teens in learning how to play chess. Must be comfortable in an unstructured, informal environment and interacting with youth of a variety of ages. Day of the week is flexible, but would prefer after school time, 3-5pm Monday – Friday.
Adopt a Garden – The Forest Park Branch Library has a reading garden and we need your help weeding, nurturing and caring for the plants in the garden and surrounding the library. Prefer at least once a week for about 30-60 minutes or two days a week. Particular times are flexible. (seasonal position)

Indian Orchard
Teen Advisory Board (Teens Only) – Suggest and plan programs and select material purchases for middle and high school students
Minecraft Moderator– Run the Minecraft Club Thursday afternoons from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Help kids play, switch servers, moderate the group for behavior and noise level. Set up and take down the program.
Adopt a Garden – We need your help weeding, nurturing and caring for the plants in the garden and surrounding the library. Prefer at least once a week for about 30-60 minutes or two days a week. Particular times are flexible. (seasonal position)

Mason Square
Adopt a Garden – We need your help weeding, nurturing and caring for the plants in the garden and surrounding the library. Prefer at least once a week for about 30-60 minutes or two days a week. Particular times are flexible. (seasonal position)
Lego Club Helper – Assist youths with building Lego designs. Develop mini projects and challenges. Take photos of creations. Lego club meets Thursday from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Must be comfortable working with kids and creating a positive learning environment.

Sixteen Acres
Adopt a Garden – We need your help weeding, nurturing and caring for the plants in the garden and surrounding the library. Prefer at least once a week for about 30-60 minutes or two days a week. Particular times are flexible. (seasonal position)


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 (this form is not an application to volunteer):