Hands Up for Library Volunteers

April 19-26 is Volunteer Week in Canada

This past year, over 600 volunteers came to Halifax Public Libraries to make a difference, donating over 20,000 hours of time. Those figures are outstanding and they represent the level of commitment and generosity in our communities.

For Volunteer Week, April 19-26, we have written a small tribute to what our volunteers do and how much we value and appreciate them.

Dear Library Volunteer

You help us build a stronger community. Your commitment of time, skills, energy, and caring for others is essential in building our capacity to “meet people where they are” – creating vital community connections that enrich people’s lives in so many ways.

We see you...

  • Helping newcomers with English language skills and supporting their successful settlement
  • Assisting adult learners with basic literacy
  • Bringing home deliveries to seniors
  • Helping students with academic skills or supporting other programs
  • Coming after school to support programs for your fellow teens

You are making a positive difference in people’s lives, and we thank you. We could not reach out and help as many people without you.

A Healthy Volunteer Team

Volunteer time is a major investment from our community, and we are committed to investing back in our volunteers as well. We will continually work to ensure our Library volunteer experience is a positive one and that everyone feels supported.

Normally, during Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Library would host a series of volunteer appreciation events in all of our branches. We would have the opportunity to thank volunteers in person, but in the interest of everyone’s good health we have postponed these events.

Again, thank you to library volunteers for all that you do. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Library when we resume normal activities again. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with the library, check out our volunteer page