Volunteers are the backbone of the Friends of Curry Public Library, creating fundraising events that are inclusive, memorable, and entertaining. The Friends host three major fundraisers annually, and participate in two community wide events every year. Volunteers are indispensable to ensure these events are successful.

We need you! Even if you are only able to spare an hour or two, there are tasks listed below which will contribute to the success of Friends’ events. If you want to help your community library, please continue reading and discover a volunteer opportunity that fits your personality, talents, and time constraints. Your efforts will be acknowledged, and will be so appreciated.



Book & Bake Sale

Presidents’ Day Weekend (Friday-Monday)

We need volunteers who…

  • will hang flyers at local businesses to publicize the sale.
  • have muscle! Schlep tables and hundreds of boxes of books from Friends’ storage closet to the large meeting space.
  • are book lovers and want a sneak preview of all the books prior to the sale. Sort books during the week preceding the sale (no set amount of time… drop in for an hour or so) and get first peek at donated books.
  • enjoy baking. Bake something for the Bake Sale table (quick breads, cookies, individual tarts, mini-cheesecakes, pastries, nut-free goodies, gluten-free goodies, artisan breads, rolls, and pies).
  • like working with people. Work a 2-hour shift during the sale and meet hundreds of fellow book lovers.
  • Are not afraid of manual labor. Box up all the left-over books.



Annual “Just Desserts”

Dessert Auction

We need volunteers who…

  • are outgoing and know an artistic baker who is both technical and creative. Recruit the best bakers in Curry County to create a fabulous looking/tasting desserts for the auction… “curb-appeal” is critical (desserts sell for $150-$600 each)
  • will hang flyers
  • are creative and artistic. Create backdrop a for all the desserts, and arrange them attractively
  • are organized and know lots of people. Keep track of dollar amount of bids for each dessert, and who made the winning bids
  • are good with math and can make change without getting flustered. Take payments (cash/checks/credit cards) for desserts.




Party in the Park

Normally, the first Saturday after the 4th of July, noon – 3:30 p.m., in Buffington Park

A free community-wide event for children, with a different theme each year (i.e., Pirates, Super Heroes, Dragons & Unicorns).

We need volunteers who…

  • are organized and/or creative. Act as liaison between the Party in the Park committee and the Friends organization. The “committee” decides the theme for the event
  • are creative and/or theatrical. Design the Friends’ booth decorations, games/activities, and volunteer costumes
  • have muscle. Set up canopies/booths in Buffington Park and tear them down
  • enjoy working with grade-school age kids and help with the activity…we usually have a five-station obstacle course


Annual month-long

Silent Auction

The entire month of September, at the library

We need volunteers who…

  • are outgoing, fearless and/or know lots of folks and business owners. Recruit new or like-new items or services for the auction
  • will hang flyers at local businesses to publicize the event
  • are impulse shoppers! Eliminate all guilt, self-loathing, and regret associated with impulse purchases. Donate those new or like-new items to the Silent Auction…and it’s tax-deductible!
  • have an artistic flair. Help display all the auction items & bid sheets attractively and appealingly
  • have muscle. Help set up and tear down the auction



Holiday Better Books & Bake Sale

The Friday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), and Saturday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), the weekend before Thanksgiving

The Friends sell new or like-new books, published within past five years, donated by the generous library-supporters in the community.


We need volunteers who…

  • have muscle, to help set up the Friends’ booth , and tear everything down after the sale closes.
  • who like working with people (and can make change), to act as cashiers during the sale.