This winter, we will be starting a new volunteer program for families at the library. Children ages 6-12 may sign up with an adult to join our “Adopt-a-Shelf” program. This program is a way to help children with reading and literacy skills, give them an understanding of community service, help them to navigate the library’s collection, and to help improve the appearance and services of our library.
Each child who signs up will be given a shelf in the Easy Reader or Juvenile Fiction section of the library. The child, and their parent, will be asked to attend a training class on how books are shelved in the library. This is a year-round program. Children will have a chance to move to the next level as they gain experience. They will learn how the books are organized, how to straighten the books on the shelf, and how to recognize if a book does not belong on the shelf. Older children will be given the tools to “Shelf Read” and recognize if a book is out of order. After that, each time the child visits the library, they can check on their shelf and make sure it is straightened, in order, and looking great. (This usually takes 2-5 minutes, depending on the child.)