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Volunteering Opportunities

Active Volunteers Needed


Adult Literacy Tutors | Reading Buddies | Tinker Lab Volunteers | Friends of the Library


Adult Program Assistant - Adult Literacy Tutor

The Lounge is a free drop-in literacy program for adult learners who want to improve their reading, math and
basic computer and/or workplace essential skills.

Literacy volunteers assist learners in achieving their learning goals and support basic reading, math and
computer literacy activities through one-on-one support in a drop-in setting.

Adult literacy Tutors:

  • Commit to assisting learners using learner centred skill levels and goals
  • Respect the confidentiality and privacy of the learner
  • Keep a log of hours spent tutoring
  • Collaborate with staff in an ongoing evaluation and lesson planning process to determine if learner's needs are being met


  • Reliable
  • An understanding of the needs of the literacy learner and the challenges they have had in the learning process
  • Able to listen to what the learner has to say and providing words of encouragement and support
  • Patience and flexibility to support the learning needs of the learner. Some learners take longer to reach their goals than others
  • Creativity in approaches to learning, motivating and engaging the learner
  • Effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Minimum 10 month commitment September - June

Schedule: Wednesday evenings, 5:30 to 7:30pm, plus monthly mentor meetings and activity planning time.

For more information or to apply, please contact Brandy at 613.342.3936 ext. 6432 or brandy@brockvillelibrary.ca


Summer Reading Practice Program Reading Buddies

Summer reading Practice Program Volunteers help encourage and develop literacy skills and a love of reading through one-on-one reading practice with a reading buddy throughout the summer months.

Time required:

  • 6 weeks from early July to mid-August
  • Orientation meeting in late June
  • Two 1/2 hour reading sessions a week, based on a mutually agreed upon schedule
  • End of summer party in August


  • Friendly and patient personality
  • Strong literacy and communication skills
  • A desire to work with elementary school students grades 1-6

All Summer Reading Practice Program volunteers are required to complete a Criminal Record Check with Brockville Police Service or your local O.P.P. detachment.

For more information contact Brandy or Lisa at the library, 613.342.3936, brandy@brockvillelibrary.ca or lisa@brockvillelibrary.ca


Tinker Lab Student Volunteer

Children's Program student volunteer assistants help encourage a literacy and love of reading and library services through children's programs at the library and in the community. Training will be provided. All hours completed as part of the program can be used towards the high school volunteer community service requirement.

Tinker Lab assistants assist with leading and supervising activities, setting up and cleaning up equipment and supplies for the program.

Tinker Lab

Do you tinker? We do! Drop-in to our kids' makerspace and explore your creative side - we supply the materials, you provide the inspiration! Lego & creative building sets, art supplies & more. Fun for all ages. FREE

Schedule: Saturdays, 11:30am to 2:30pm


  • Reliable
  • Organization skills
  • Friendly and outgoing personality
  • Ability to engage, explore and interact with kids imaginatively

For more information contact Brandy at the library, 613.342.3936 ext. 6432 or brandy@brockvillelibrary.ca


Friends of the Library


The Friends of Brockville Public Library group is always looking for community members interested in lending time and expertise to an executive steering committee.

The Friends of the Library group is a non-profit, voluntary and charitable association dedicated to the enhancement of library services. This group supports services provided by the library through donating time and effort to sponsor special events and much needed resources.

The Friends group promotes literacy and cultural enhancement in the greater community.

This committee operates independently of the Brockville Public Library Board of Trustees.

As a member of the Friends group you can help with:

  • Committee meetings, strategic planning and administration
  • Event planning and event assistance
  • Meet the Author book talks
  • Advertising and marketing

For additional information contact:



Brandy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator
613.342.3936 ext. 6432


On-going volunteer recruitment

If you are interested in contributing to the community through the library, fill out a volunteer application or you can contact our volunteer coordinator:

Brandy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator
613.342.3936 ext. 6432

For more information about volunteering, please see our brochure: here


Volunteer training is provided and all new volunteers with the Library will be required to complete Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations (IASR) training as well as a training and general orientation session.

IASR training can be completed online at (pdf instructions):



You can use a computer to complete the training and/or print a copy of the training transcript at the Library.

Please download and complete the training forms and bring them to your appointed orientation time.


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Upcoming Special Events

  • Oh Canada Art Show & People's Choice Award
    Submissions being exhibited at the Library July-August; winners chosen by people's choice ballots. More details.

  • Paint Party Fundraiser
    Join us for an afternoon of painting and socializing August 13th, 4-6pm @ the Brimstone. More details.

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