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Outreach and Volunteers

Buncombe County Public Libraries offer a number of volunteer and outreach opportunities to the citizens of Buncombe County. Take part in any of the following programs...

Preschool Outreach Program (POP)

POP, a free service of the Buncombe County Public Library, takes the resources of the library to children in daycare, who cannot come to library storytimes.  With the help of a growing corps of volunteers, over one thousand of the preschoolers in Buncombe County have an important opportunity for joy and learning though books.

Aside from giving a wonderful gift to the children — the joy of books and reading -- this job is just plain fun. Our volunteers frequently make comments like:  “I look forward to going.”  “I love to make them laugh.”  “What a trip!”

Volunteering for POP requires attendance at a training workshop. These are held several times a year. Volunteers make a commitment of two visits a month to an assigned daycare center, usually near their home. Story times last about 20-30 minutes, The library provides kits with books and puppets; the training includes everything from children’s literature to getting those wiggles out. No experience is necessary -- just a sense of fun, love and respect for children and an appreciation of the value of reading in their lives.

For information on volunteering for story time, call the Preschool Outreach Program Office at 250-4729 or email

For information on volunteering in the POP office download the application (PDF).

Friends of the Library Volunteers

Other library volunteers are typically recruited through Friends of the Library organizations. Volunteers offer valuable behind-the-scenes work on special projects, such as preparations for book sales, providing refreshments for author receptions, offering transportation for guest speakers, etc. Get involved with your local Friends group and volunteer!  You can contact your local Friends group at any library or by emailing