Big Book Sale Volunteer FAQs

Interested in volunteering? Sign-up for your shifts now:

Is it boring?

No, this is actually a lot of fun!!! You get to know other Friends members and have the opportunity to pick out books ahead of everyone else! Even if you’re not much of a socialiser, you are welcome to commune with the books.

What will I get for volunteering?

  • One free book per volunteer shift!
  • Early access to THOUSANDS of books you can buy before everyone else!
  • Free parking.
  • The chance to give back to a great organization that directly funds the library!

Where should I go?

If you’re volunteering BEFORE March 28th, please go to the Marion Franklin branch and ask for Joyce. She is the Friends of the Library warehouse associate.

The shifts from March 28th – April 2nd will take place at Main Library in the Auditorium.

What will I be doing?

All Marion Franklin shifts will involve sorting books into categories. There may be some heavy lifting involved but we will accommodate anyone who wants to help!

Shifts vary during the sale itself. You may be responsible for sorting books and filling the sale tables. Especially during busy times, we will ask volunteers to help bag purchases, count the number of books in a sale, etc.

Will I be handling money?

No. Library Store employees and FOL Trustees will be responsible for ringing up transactions.

How should I dress?

We suggest you wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting a little dusty, but if you’re coming from work you should be fine. During the sale, we ask you to wear a CML shirt if you have one. You must wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet.

Will I get dirty?

Dirty, probably not. A little dusty and sweaty, probably.

Can kids volunteer?

You are welcome to bring your children but please make sure they are supervised!

Do I need to bring anything?

We will have snacks and water, but if you’d like to bring something to eat or drink, you’re welcome. Otherwise, just bring yourself.

Can groups come and volunteer?

Yes! Please reach out to our Library Store manager, Diane Colony, for more information.

Do I need to be a Friends member to volunteer?

We will happily welcome any volunteers, though we will do our best to recruit you!

How many volunteers need to sign up?

We need AT LEAST 5 volunteers for each shift March 28th – April 2nd.

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