The Library of Virginia returns to the State Fair! Volunteers Needed


The Library of Virginia will be promoting our state-wide presence at the Virginia State Fair at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, September 29 through October 8, 2017. We will have a booth in the Farm Bureau Building, which is where all the indoor Fair vendors are located. Last year, nearly 250,000 people visited the Fair! This is a great opportunity to meet new people and promote resources available through public libraries and with the support of the Library of Virginia.

We will need some help! We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing VLA members and public librarians to share the booth and promote library services to Virginians at the Fair!

If you are interested, e-mail Mary Clark [email protected]  or Donna Pletcher [email protected]  by Wednesday August 23, 2017.

Below are some of the expectations for the volunteers:

  • You will be expected to be knowledgeable about the resources available to residents either freely or with an LVA library registration (there will be a cheat sheet)
  • Public librarians and VLA members will also be able to engage with visitors about their library services; people come from all over Virginia for the Fair
  • You will be expected to actively engage people passing the booth
  • You will be expected to help people register for a LVA library card on a tablet at our booth
  • Ability to use social media greatly appreciated, but not necessary
  • Stamina and patience will help, too
  • We hope to staff the booth with one VLA /public library staff member and one Library of Virginia staff member during each shift – there are a total of 20 shifts during the 10 days of the Fair
  • Shifts will be 9:45 AM to 4 PM, and 3:45 PM to 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and 3:45 PM to 10 PM Friday and Saturday.  The doors to the Farm Bureau building open to the public at 10 AM.
  • Booths must be staffed at all times for the duration of the Fair
  • You will receive one ticket to the Fair that will be good the day of your shift. Parking is free

The Library of Virginia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Virginia Library Association at the 2017 Virginia State Fair!