COVID 19, or the Coronavirus

The City of Baytown facilities and offices are open for business. Due to COVID-19 some departments may still be operating in a modified fashion. Please contact the department you plan to conduct business with directly if you have specific questions as to modification to services or location.

We continue to follow CDC guidelines for the safety of our employees and citizens and will keep you updated via social media and other communication channels

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Teen Volunteers

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Our teen volunteers are integral to planning for and putting on our programming and events, but because we are not hosting programs for the near future, our in-person volunteering program is currently on hiatus. Despite all the changes to our programming right now, we’re doing our best to offer the same kinds of opportunities as before.

We have four new distance volunteering options for digital content creators. These positions will be open to teens age 13-18 and will cover a variety of options from writing blog posts about books, movies, and comics, to reading new teen publications and writing reviews for our official library Goodreads teen bookshelf. These new positions will give up to 6 hour credits a month, will require bimonthly meetings to touch base with the teen librarian, and will be open-ended, so teens in good standing can continue volunteering for as long as they would like.

We understand distance volunteering may not be for everyone, so we will keep you all updated to any changes in our in-person volunteering program. When the program does reopen, we will notify patrons through a post on our social media, our webpage, and flyers at the front desk. 

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I want to volunteer, but I don’t read a lot. Is that okay?

Totally! Although a lot of our digital content creators focus on reading and writing reviews, there are a number of options for those who don’t read regularly. Our Goodreads reviewer may focus on comics books, manga, and graphic novels, and our blog writer may review podcasts, movies, etc. The most important thing is to be passionate about the position you apply for and the content you create. If those ideas don’t sound appealing, keep checking our social media and website for the in-person volunteering to reopen. 

If I apply, do I have to volunteer?

Because of how we are formatting our new online volunteer program, we will assume anyone who submits an application through email is willing and able to hold their volunteer position. 


How long does the program last?

This new volunteering program is on-going, which means you could do it for three months or three years, as long as you remain in good standing by submitting work on time and communicating with the volunteer coordinator. 


What if the program isn’t working out for me?

We understand that taking on extra work can be stressful, so just reach out to talk to us. We may be able to give you a one month break or transfer you to a different volunteering position if you are interested. 


What happens if I don’t submit my work?

A lot of people are working together to help make content for Sterling Municipal Library. The first time you don’t submit your work in a timely manner, the volunteer coordinator will reach out to give you an extension. If the problem continues, the position will end and we will not consider any new applications for 6 months. 


What about in-person volunteering?

Right now the library is not holding their normal, in-person volunteering program. We may restart the program with limited volunteers in the future if we can ensure City and library safety policies are being met.