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Janet Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
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Janet Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:34:58 -0500
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Since our library is much busier in the summer, and many of our volunteers
are summer people, we try to do something for volunteer appreciation in late
summer.  Last year we had an ice cream social.  (Giffords Ice Cream was very
generous to donate two large tubs of ice cream!)  We generally give out some
small token of appreciation.  This year we gave out calendars with the
library's name on them.  For next year we have ordered pens.

Our policy manual has a very short section on volunteers which basically
says that they shall not be offered cash bonuses, and they may be sent
letters of commendation, be honored at a luncheon, and/or given a plaque or
other gift in recognition of their service.

Our training is pretty informal.  We basically train as we go in whatever
job we have for them to do whether it is shelving books, looking for lost
books, working with the children's programs, etc.  

Hope this helps,

Janet Wilson
Rangeley Public Library

-----Original Message-----
From: Maine Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Barbara Sawyer
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:49 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [MELIBS-L] guidelines for volunteers

Good Evening,
We are an itty bitty library in Sullivan. We have few volunteers. I  
plan to have a dinner in April for my faithful few. I began as  
librarian in September. In October, I gave out pink pens to my  
volunteers. Just a little something to acknowledge their service.
Barbara Sawyer

Quoting "Sally Holt" <[log in to unmask]>:

> Yes I would like to hear from some itty bitty libraries also. In  
> December we had a informational meeting/potluck lunch/yankee swap.   
> I also take down people's birthdays that want to share and give them  
> a little gift. A muffin, small candle, purse size decorative  
> tissues, chapstick and a nice note. Not sure what we will do in  
> April. The trustees say they want to have a role in that. Sally
> On 1/30/2013 4:18 PM, Marjorie Longwood wrote:
>> I think it would be wonderful if Library Directors from itty-bitty  
>> libraries shared any volunteer guidelines that they have developed.  
>>  Also April used to be volunteer recognition month when I worked  
>> for Hospice.  Do libraries use that month to or do they have a  
>> different time?  And are there thingies to hand out to volunteers  
>> for their work? Marge LongwoodEast Blue Hill Public Library (an  
>> itty-bitty library on the Coast)
>>  > Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:10:45 -0500
>>> From: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: [MELIBS-L] guidelines for volunteers
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Good Afternoon,
>>>  Would anyone be willing to share their "Volunteer Guidelines"  
>>> (for lack of a
>>> better term) that is given when a volunteer is employed?  We have  
>>> in place a
>>> Volunteer Application that is given and kept on file but, then we
>>> go through what is expected of them in terms of the jobs/project that
>>> are given, what days and hours they will be here and things of that
>>>  I would greatly appreciate any info.
>>>  Sincerely,
>>>  Jackie McDougal
>>> Director
>>>  Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library
>>> 952 Main Street
>>> Sanford, ME  04073
>>> Tel (207)324-4714
>>> Fax (207)324-5982
>>> Website -

Frenchman's Bay Library
P.O. Box 215
Sullivan, ME 04664