Trustee Vacancy
  • Are you PASSIONATE about the library?
  • Do you want to play a role in planning the FUTURE of the Library?
  • Do you have experience, talents or skills that you can SHARE?
The Northborough Free Library Board of Trustees is seeking one individual to serve on the Board. The ideal individual will bring their energy, enthusiasm and ideas to help the Library meet the current and future needs of our patrons. In particular we are seeking individuals with knowledge and experience in the areas of fundraising and development, but all are welcome to apply.

Please consider sharing your time and talents to benefit the library and the greater Northborough community.
  • Trustees are appointed by the Selectmen, after an interview by a committee.
  • Trustees must be Northborough residents.
  • Three terms come up for renewal each year.
  • Trustees meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Library. Attendance at meetings is expected.
Trustees are responsible for the following:
  • Goal-setting with the Director; Long Range Planning.
  • Approving the annual budget request.
  • Overseeing the library budget and advocating for funds.
  • Overseeing the invested Trust Funds and gifts.
  • Fundraising and development.
  • Setting policy for the library.
  • Acting as appeals Board for citizen concerns related to the library.
  • Working with the Library Director and other Town Boards.
  • Participating on a state or regional level for improvement of library service.
  • Conforming with local, state, and federal laws, including Open Meeting Laws, Conflict of Interest Laws and State Ethics Laws.
For an application or for further inquiries, please contact Library Director Chris Lindquist at 508- 393-5025 x 9 or at clindquist@town.northborough.ma.us. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The library welcomes volunteers for both ongoing and occasional projects. However, we cannot guarantee volunteer work is available at any given time. Preference will be given to Northborough residents and students who attend Algonquin Regional High School.

Please complete our Volunteer Application and bring it to the Library to get started.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you about current opportunities.  For more information, please refer to our Volunteer Policy or call us at 508-393-5025 ext. 5.
 
Ongoing need:
  • Shelving "elves” – These volunteers make sure our books are in the correct Dewey Decimal or alphabetical order and that the shelves are neat. Contact Deborah Hersh (adult section), Katrina Ireland (children’s section), or Bonny Krantz (teen section). 
  • Toy cleaners in Children’s Room – Straighten play area, wash and sanitize children’s play things. Contact Katrina Ireland (Children's Librarian).
  • "Office Assistant" in Adult Services - A volunteer to manage bulletin board, update posters around the library, scan or print public forms and brochures, keep office supplies well-stocked, manage book discards, and maintain periodical collection. Needed one day a week. Contact Deborah Hersh (Head Reference Librarian).
  • Library Couriers - A volunteer who will deliver items to homebound individuals as part of our Outreach Services. This volunteer must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift up to 10 pounds. Will be required to complete a CORI form. Please fill out the Library Courier application. Contact Outreach Services Coordinator Rick Starzyk (rstarzyk.library@gmail.com) with any questions.
  • Welcome Packet Stuffer - Put information in Welcome Packets for new library patrons to help them learn about our policies, programs, etc. Contact Spencer Stevens (Volunteer Coordinator).
  • Yard workers - Volunteers who pick up trash all around the library and library lot.
 
Occasional projects:
  • (May - August) Help with the summer reading club registrations and check-ins. Contact Katrina Ireland in the Children’s Room. Mandatory training sessions are typically held in June.
  • Book washers. Contact Katrina Ireland in the Children’s Room.
  • Book sale helpers: set up, sales, replenishing stock, take down and clean up. Contact Friends of the Library.
  • Basket Raffle donors, ticket takers. This fundraiser usually takes place in the spring. Contact Friends of the Library or the Checkout Desk for assignment of volunteer time.
  • The Friends of the Library often have positions available, such as membership chairperson, recording secretary, book sale coordinator, and the like. Contact the President of the Friends.  
 
Make Your Own Opportunity:
  • Teach a class to adults: digital photography, cooking, using e-Bay. Talk about your travels.  Contact Chris Lindquist (clindquist@town.northborough.ma.us) or call 508 393-5025 ext. 9 with your idea. 
  • Share your skill and time: refinish or upholster library furniture, weed and water the yard, make and distribute posters, write publicity releases.