Volunteering at the Estes Valley Library
Volunteers are valuable partners in the Library’s Mission to bring people, ideas and opportunities together for our community. The library proudly hosts one of the most well-established and successful volunteer programs in the Estes Valley. Library volunteers contribute more than 7,000 hours of valuable service annually. Working under the supervision of staff, volunteers can be found in all departments of the library. Some volunteers work in regular positions and others give their time to special programs or short-term projects.
Available volunteer postings are announced here. If there are no current openings, applications will be kept on file for a year from the date of the application. For more information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 970 586 8116 x838.
Library Volunteer Postings
Friends & Foundation Volunteer Postings
Volunteer Spotlight: Howard Lauren
Howard Lauren has been a longtime Library volunteer, working in several different areas from English Language tutoring, to sorting used book donations, to mending Library materials and helping in our new Makerspace.
Howard is originally from Brooklyn, NY and has degrees in Psychology, and Education. He also has a Masters in Special Education for the Blind and finished his working career as a Blind Rehabilitation Specialist at a V.A. Medical Center.
With all Howard’s degrees and experience, we’re not sure how he found time to be so well-traveled but he has hitchhiked all through Europe and then spent more than 3 years in the Fiji Islands as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He says: “teaching school on a small island with no roads, no electricity and being the only non-Fijian had a huge impact on me. Being a distinct minority was an enlightening experience.” Since retirement, Howard and his wife Leanne have continued their travels far and wide and are always looking forward to the next adventure.
A 7-year resident of Estes Park, Howard, like many locals, enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and exercising in general. When asked what he appreciates about volunteering at the Library, Howard says: “The Library is an extraordinary place for the size of the town, with so many interesting and friendly people working there. Volunteering is a way of giving back and it makes me feel good. It’s hard to beat.”
Thank you Howard and all our dedicated volunteers for being such an important part of the team!