New Volunteering Approach

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Nell Taylor

Oct 5, 2019, 2:46:21 PM10/5/19
Hi all,

Happy fall! I'm writing because we're changing the way we handle volunteering a bit — we used to do orientation followed by a general monthly meeting, but the general meetings have become less useful since we have so much going on all the time (not a bad problem to have!) :)

Here's how it will work going forward:

- Drop in during any of our open hours, Fri, Sat, or Sun and find the board that has the post-its for what need to get done (whoever is staffing will be able to point you to it). There will be some recurring things, like cataloging, and some one-offs, like help set up the new section for books made by and for Chicago teens.

- Join our Google Group (!forum/chicago-underground-library-discussion) and/or our NEW Facebook Group ( for discussion and to help with things like deciding whether we should have tote bags, mugs, etc, or if we need help staffing at specific programs or need help spreading the word.

- Continue coming to cataloging any Sunday 1-5pm. Bring a laptop if you have one!

- Come for orientation (if you haven't been) on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm, or drop in on me (Nell, hi!), I'm here any Friday 1-5pm.

- If you want to help with staffing the library during open hours, come during orientation or any Friday or Sunday and we can get you trained.

We're always open to your ideas for how we can make volunteering (and the library!) better, please feel free to reach out with any suggestions or questions.

Thanks so much!

Nell Taylor, Executive Director
Read/Write Library
914 N. California, Walton Entrance
Chicago, IL 60622
Pronouns: she/her/hers


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