Book Room Supervisor

Organization Details
Organization Name: Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library Inc
Address: 251 Donald St
Winnipeg MB  R3C 3P5
Organizational Description: The Friends of the Public Library is a charitable organization that believes in the value of literacy and learning. Our dedicated volunteers have contributed over $278,000 to support all twenty branches of the Winnipeg Public Library in their service to the community.

The Friends Fall Book Sale is a Winnipeg institution. Bibliophiles from all over the city wait patiently for this annual event, and when the doors open, the Grant Park High School gym is flooded by enthusiastic shoppers who gleefully scoop up armloads of books!

Last year, the Book Sale brought in over $26,000 in revenue; it's the single largest event that the Friends run every year, and is one of the funding sources for the Writer-in-Residence program, Spring Break Family programming, the Family Literacy Playgrounds now in many branches, and other projects and programs.

The scope of this project means that it requires year-round volunteer leadership and participation, and with that in mind three new positions have been created. Chair of Book Sale Committee, Book Room Supervisor and Book Sale Event Manager. Since we understand that everyone is already busy, we have structured the positions to accommodate reasonable time commitments with maximum flexibility.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Supervise the preparation of materials for the Friends' book sales and for ongoing book cart sales at the Best of Friends Gift Shop.


1. Provide leadership to the book room team of experienced, enthusiastic volunteers, delegating tasks as appropriate.
2. Monitor book sale inventory for quality, variety and quantity.
3. Set up schedules for book room team and supervise the training of new volunteers.
4. Ensure a positive and safe working environment in the book room.
5. Maintain regular communication with the Book Sale Chair.
6. Work with the Book Sale Committee to confirm venue and design job descriptions for the annual sale.
6. Attend the sale, monitoring activity and supporting volunteers.
Skills Required: -Ability to lead and encourage volunteers
-Interest and familiarity with books
-Strong organizational skills
-Effective communication skills
Skills Gained/Related Careers:
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
Flexible according to time of the year, but generally 6 - 8 hours a week.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Online:
Closing Date: Sep 30, 2020