It’s National Volunteer Week!

April 16th marks the beginning of 2023’s National Volunteer Week! This celebration encourages people of all ages to take up volunteering and help give back to the community. Did you know that your local library relies on the help of volunteers every day? 

Harris County Public Libraries provides free programs to the public with the help of volunteers across multiple communities. Many of them volunteer their time to tutor ESL students (English as a Second Language), assist with shelving and organizing books, and as members of their local library’s Friends of the Library (FOL). The Harris County Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that assists libraries by providing funding and assistance for library programs. This includes selling donated materials in the library’s bookstore, assisting with the Summer Reading Program, Book Buddies, and much more!

Michele Fenley is the Vice President of the Tomball Friends of the Library and says that she enjoys volunteering because she "loves the diverse programs the library provides” and believes that “librarians shouldn’t have to pay out of their pockets” to provide exceptional services for their patrons.

Jill Moore is an LSC-Tomball Librarian and ESL volunteer and says that she became a tutor because she "enjoys connecting with people from different cultures. I learn as much from them as they learn from me."

Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity that is fun, fulfilling, and full of people who also love libraries? Apply today to join your local Friends of the Library!

Volunteer Opportunities at HCPL

Learn more about Harris County Friends of the Library and the Friends Group at your local branch

Find more ways to volunteer in your community