Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw, Manager
Membership & Volunteer Services
Phone: 415.626.7512 ext.120
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Readers Bookstore, Fort Mason CenterReaders Bookstore, Fort Mason Center
is seeking two volunteers for the second and fourth Saturdays from 3-6 PM and/or Noon-3 PM. This is an on-going, weekly responsibility, six-month commitment strongly preferred, 18 years or over. Duties include operation of cash register, charge & debit card machines, receiving & directing phone calls, and greeting & engaging the public. Retail or customer service experience preferred but not required. A warm, personable, outgoing personality is a must!
- STEPS SALES: Every Wednesday (April through October 2013), Friends hosts weekly book sales on the steps of the Main Library (100 Larkin Street) in San Francisco. Volunteers are needed 10 AM-1 PM or 1-4 PM to help monitor tables and pack up unsold books. Each volunteer receives 5 free books for volunteering. Sales are canceled in the event of rain.
- $1 SALE: Held at our Donation Center in the Mission district, on the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. We need help with set-up the Fridays before and with pack-up the days of the sales.
- FARMERS MARKET, Fort Mason Center: The market occurs every Sunday. Volunteers are needed to help sell books outside from 10am-1pm.
- BIG BOOK SALE (September 25-29, 2013). Volunteers can help with setting up tables and books, monitoring tables, cashiering, packing up on Monday, September 30, 2013, and many other fun tasks. Volunteers are needed from September 23 - 30, 2013.
Volunteers sort and price the books used as inventory at our bookstores, Steps sales, Farmer’s Market, $1 sales and the Big Book Sale. This takes place at our Donation Center, 438 Treat Avenue. Volunteers are asked to do a 3+ hour shift anytime between 9 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday or 9AM - 2PM Saturday.
Volunteers are needed September 23-30, 2013 to help set up, break down, monitor tables, cashier, and other tasks. Each volunteer receives 5 free books for volunteering.
Volunteers are needed to help sort books Monday – Saturday at our Donation Center, located at 438 Treat Ave. This is a great opportunity for those interested in making a weekly volunteer commitment. For more information about our Donation Center, click here
Readers Bookstore at the Main
Volunteers are needed to assist staff at our store at the Main Library. Located inside the Grove Street entrance, this bookstore operates during all Main Library open hours. Cash register training available. Volunteers are especially needed in the evenings or the weekends.
Read to hospitalized children in San Francisco. Book Buddies are asked to make a commitment of two to three hours a week for a minimum of one year. Volunteers need to be 18 years old and must attend a one-hour orientation. Visit these web sites for more information about volunteering as a Book Buddy at local hospitals: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.
Contact Toni Bernardi
, (415) 557-4270, at the San Francisco Public Library's Fisher Children's Center
for additional information.
Branch Library Book Pick-Ups
Volunteers, with their own vehicle, pick up donated books at neighborhood branch libraries and take them to our Book Donation Center. Must be able to pick up a 30 lb. box of books. This is a great way to get exercise and help the library!
Assist with mailings, data entry, and other tasks in our office at 710 Van Ness Avenue.
Volunteer at Friends events! Some events include the San Francisco International Poetry Festival, branch library opening and closing parties and author events.
For more information on volunteering with Friends of the SFPL, call Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw
at 415.626.7512 ext.120 or fill out a volunteer application by clicking here
Connecting Students and Community Through Service
Friends offers volunteer opportunities for Bay Area students 16 years or older
. For a student volunteer application click here
For information on book donations, click here.
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