“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)
The Library values its volunteers.
Individuals are currently helping in the following areas:
- Book Shelving
- Borrowers’ Services, making "holds calls"
- Craft Teacher
- Homework Helper
- Library-in-Your-Mailbox Program
- Obituary Requests
- Origami Teacher
- Periodical Room Organization
- "Reading Partners"
- Read/Write/Now Classroom Assistant
- Summer Reading Club
- Technical Services Helper
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.
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 John Ramsay at 413-263-6828 ext 290. Do not use the form below for queries about volunteer opportunities at the library. That form is for Read/Write/Now tutor volunteers only.
Volunteer applications:Volunteer Application Form
Teen Volunteer Application Form
Under 18 yrs. City Permission form for Volunteers
New Volunteer Opportunity at Read/Write/Now!
Springfield Literacy Volunteers is a program sponsored by the Springfield City Library, offering individualized instruction in English as a second language or basic literacy to support adults in our community so they can achieve their goals as parents, workers, and community members.
Springfield Literacy Volunteers is primarily funded by a grant from the United Way. Training of our first group of literacy volunteers begins on October 22 at Pine Point Branch Library, 204 Boston Road, Springfield MA. 01109.
More than 40 million adults in the United States are functionally illiterate. They cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, or share a story with their children at bedtime. More importantly, these adults cannot read street signs or even the directions for medications that they give to their children.
Basic Requirements for Literacy Volunteers:
-At least 18 years of age
-Able to read/speak English fluently
-Be dependable and optimistic
-Commit to two hours per week for six months
-Complete required training
-Pass CORI background check
For more information, contact Raeshaun Holmes, Coordinator at Read/Write/Now at 413-263-6839 or by using this form: