09-16-15: Information Station Column
Love reading AND helping people? The Sioux Center Public Library needs YOU! We are currently in need of volunteers at the Sioux Center Public Library for two programs that help our young children and seniors in our community.
Owl’s Nest is a mentoring program that is designed to encourage children to read in a supportive environment where they develop strong literacy skills and enjoy reading. We pair a volunteer with a student who needs extra help with reading. Each week the volunteer, Wise Owl, meets with the student, the Little Owl, for an hour. The child then reads with the assistance of the volunteer and they play literacy games. Wise Owls don’t need any special skills and we have an orientation to help you understand how to best help the children read. The Wise Owl’s job is to be a coach and role model who shows a love of books that is contagious and often life-changing for the Little Owl.
Books for Seniors is another program the library offers that is in need of volunteers. Books for Seniors is our outreach program where we select and deliver library materials to patrons who are unable to visit the library. Each month, the library staff pulls books for their senior patron and then our volunteers pick up and deliver those bags of book. We have 20 seniors who request books and 8 volunteers that deliver to homes or nursing homes for these patrons. Volunteers spend about one hour a month delivering and returning books for their senior.
The times for these volunteer opportunities is flexible based upon your schedule. If you are interested in serving our community through either of these programs or have further questions, please contact Ruth Mahaffy or Judy Dirkse at 722-2138.