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Volunteer at the Library

Volunteers are always welcomed at our library.  It’s a great way to become involved in the community.  Please fill out the volunteer application and bring it to Main or your local branch next time you visit.  The staff will have a few questions to find the right placement for you and training will be arranged.

Volunteer Luncheon 2012 Volunteer Application

Volunteer Contract

See Pictures of our Volunteers!  

What Do Volunteers Do?

Volunteers perform a variety of duties, but the most important, recurring ones are the physical processing of new materials to be shelf-ready, re-shelving returned materials and shelf maintenance.  These are vital jobs for the library.  Volunteers keep the system going!

Volunteers are also used to assist library staff in programs and sometimes special and seasonal projects come up. Special skills or interests are of keen interest to us- we will find a match of your talent and interest to benefit the library.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Volunteer?

There are no age restrictions, per se, but some jobs are not suitable for children and the library will work with each volunteer  to make the assignment meet the age, ability, and interest of the library. Because so many students contact the library for short term community service projects at times we have to resort to waiting lists.  For minors, a parent or guardian’s signature is required.  For younger children, parental involvement may also be necessary.

 Do I Need a Regular Schedule?

Most volunteers have a set schedule, but it’s not required.  We do appreciate it if you notify us of changes to your schedule, as it really helps library staff to know when someone can be expected, but there’s just about always something to do, so even if you’ve just got 30 minutes to come in, please do!

Do I Need Special Skills To Volunteer?

Just a positive attitude and a willingness to help!  For most volunteer jobs, you’ll use the alphabet and numbers.  Shelving does require the strength to push a book cart, and the ability to reach up and bend down.  Training is provided to familiarize you any job you’re asked to complete.

Can I Complete Court-Ordered Community Service at the Library?

Yes, arrangements can be made to help you fulfill your court-ordered service.  These requests are handled specifically at the Main Library, 732 671-3700 x311 [Administration Office]. 

How Do I Get Started?

Fill out an application!

Library to Publishers: When it comes to eBooks, there’s NOT eNOUGH!

Ever wonder why many of your favorite authors aren’t available in an eBook format at MTPL? The answer might surprise you. Six publishers carry the majority of popular authors and all of their policies concerning selling eBooks to libraries are different. Many publishers currently do not sell eBooks to libraries because they’re worried people will be more willing to click to borrow than click to buy. It’s an important issue because it hinders the Library’s ability to provide equal access to materials.

eBooks can be circulated in the same way as traditional books. They are no more likely to deter people from purchasing what they enjoy reading than printed reading materials have for generations.

Join our letter-writing campaign to find a form letter you can send to your favorite author. Knowledge is power. Defend your right to access eBooks through your public library.

Issues that impede MTPL’s ability to provide good customer service:

  • Publishers not making eBooks available in Kindle and ePub format
  • Publishers not making eAudiobooks available in mp3 format
  • Publishers not producing all of the titles in a series
  • The inability to purchase eBooks and eAudiobooks to supplement the book club collection. The District purchases what it can, but many titles are not available.

Policies of major publishers:

MacMillan Publishing does not sell to the library community. Some of its authors are Keith Ablow, Barbara Ehrenheit, Steve Hamilton, Orson Scott Card, the Hungry Girls series, and Tatiana de Rosnay.

Hachette Book Group sells limited eBooks to the library community. Some that are not available include James Patterson, Don Winslow, and Pseudonymous Bosch. There are four eBooks in the top ten of the Library’s holds that were initially sold to MTPL by Hachette for which we can no longer get more copies. They are The Dangerous Days of Daniel X and Don’t Blink by James Patterson, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, and The Reversal by Michael Connelly. All of these titles are now hidden from the patrons to prevent future holds.

Simon and Schuster does not sell to the library community. Some of their authors include Jodi Picoult, Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Stephen King, Mark R. Levin, Jeffery Deaver, Brad Thor, and Glenn Beck. The new Steve Jobs biography is also one of its titles.

Penguin Group formerly sold to the library community. It has some authors for which it has never sold eBooks. Last November, Penguin decided to stop selling new titles to libraries, but agreed to continue selling copies of titles libraries already owned. It revised that decision in early February and gave libraries across the country until the end of the day to order titles before it would stop selling to libraries altogether. Many authors have books under the Penguin imprint which includes John Green, Harlan Coben, Lee Child, J.R. Ward, Anne Lamott, Clive Cussler, Kathryn Stockett, Robert B. Parker, Stephen King, W.E.B. Griffin, Catherine Coulter, Jodi Picoult, Nevada Barr, Patricia Cornwell, Charlaine Harris and Julie Garwood.

Random House recently tripled the prices for its eBook titles. Some cookbooks are $85 each now and a collection of the Dean Koontz “Frankenstein” stories is $119. Random House authors include John Grisham, Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, Stephen Hawking, Margaret Atwood, Danielle Steel, Jeff Lindsay, E L James, Suze Orman, Linda Howard, Kay Hooper, James Ellroy, Amitav Ghosh, Karen Robards, and John Gleick.

HarperCollins Publishers began licensing use of each eBook copy for a maximum of 26 loans in March of 2011. Authors include Meg Cabot, Sara Shepard, Tim Tebow, Diane Mott Davidson, S.J. Watson, Lauren Oliver, C.S. Lewis, and L.J. Smith. The books are affordable and this model has not caused any problems.


Brilliance Audio ceased selling to the library community upon its purchase by Amazon in 2007. The Library retains the titles that it purchased previous to the ban. The eAudiobooks include titles by Nora Roberts / J.D. Robb, Harlan Coben, Stuart Woods, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Heather Graham.

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