[Community-service] service at libraries

Jonathan Franks jfranks at nfbtx.org
Fri May 8 02:49:33 UTC 2015

Hello Ashley,
Some members of our chapter go and read Braille books to the children.
For the past several years we have donated a number of Braille books
to our public libraries and have days where volunteers from the
chapter come in and read too the children and teach them about braille
and blindness.

Good luck


On 5/7/15, Nella Foster via Community-service
<community-service at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Ashley:
> I volunteer at my local library, but I just lead a book club.  I like to
> read
> and I'm good at leading the discussions, so that's what I do.
> Please keep us posted; I would love to hear how you manage other volunteer
> positions in a library.
> Nella
> Quoting Ashley Bramlett via Community-service
> <community-service at nfbnet.org>:
>> Hi all,
>> Well, since I use the library, I want to give back.
>> Please tell me if you served the library and how you did it.
>> I use the access services branch which houses talking books and I use
>> the other public libraries. You may wonder how or why? After all its
>> mostly
>> print books!
>> The public library has several online databases, and some are accessible.
>> They include online magazines and encyclopedias as well as business
>> journals
>> in databases like Abi and general one file.
>> I also use the cd and dvd collection. Of course dvds have on screen menus
>> that I have sighted help with at home to set up.
>> The cds have a variety of content. Commercial audio books, music, and my
>> favorite thing, audio lectures from well known scholars and lecturers,
>> are
>> what is on the cds. I love the lectures so if I do not want to take a
>> full
>> class on a subject, but want to enhance my knowledge on say, music
>> history, I
>> can do that free with the lectures.
>> So my question.
>> Do you think I could help the circulation department?
>> I thought of helping with the english conversation groups for ESL
>> speakers
>> who meet weekly to practice english, but right now it seems like most
>> jobs
>> are for circulation support. The circulation department manages materials
>> which patrons check out or in other words, material which circulates to
>> the
>> public.
>> The description is as follows.
>> May assist with any of the following, or similar tasks: processing
>> returns,
>> book drop and daily delivery of materials; completing customer
>> maintenance;
>> searching for items to be reserved for library customers; processing
>> periodicals and newspapers. Electronically reports volunteer hours
>> promptly
>> and accurately.
>> That is the description. I know I cannot read call numbers to search for
>> patron reserve requests. But I’m wondering if I can do something in the
>> databases to clean up records or process records.
>> I do not know what customer maintenance means, so I’ll ask them.
>> The description is also very vague so I am unclear what exactly the
>> duties
>> are for processing materials.
>> The duties do not list mending and cleaning books. But if that is
>> something
>> circulation staff and volunteers do, I can assist there. Mending simply
>> means
>> repairing books with glue and tape if they have minor tears.
>> Thanks for any ideas and encouragement!
>> Ashley
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