You can be a part of the Julia's Café & Books team and make a difference in your community! Below are the current open volunteer positions in the Julia's book department. Each position has its own specific requirements, but overall, we ask for a regular and long-term commitment after the initial 3-4 week "getting-to-know-you" period.
Our bookstore, as part of Julia's Café, is home to 5,000 gently used books. It takes a lot of volunteers to make the bookstore successful, and we wouldn't be able to do it without our volunteers who specialize in one particular part of the process. Our cleaners make sure the books on the shelves have the "like new" quality our customers have come to expect and ensure that all books are properly priced.
- Identify sellable books from books that need to be recycled
- Identify different categories/genres of books
- Clean stickers and other "gunk" off sellable books, check publication dates, remove bookmarks, flatten bent pages, and check for highlighting/underlining
- Price books according to established pricing structure
- Learn exceptions to pricing rules and keep up-to-date on special changes
- Place books in their appropriate boxes to go on the shelves
- Serve as the final quality-check person making sure each book meets our standards
Our Sorting Experts learn how to separate the "jewels from the junk," and recycle our books that aren't fit to go on the shelves. Only books in very good condition are sold in Julia's Café & Books.
- Determine if books should go onto the next stage or be recycled based on condition and age
- Determine if books are fiction, non-fiction, written by a popular author, rare books, children's books or mass market paperbacks
- Determine the category of certain non-fiction books
- Keep up to date on all Julia's quality guidelines
- Keep sorting area neat and safe from tripping hazards
Our Scanning Expert operates a scanning computer program, which determines whether or not the books should go to our brick & mortar storefront or our online storefront.
- If books are going to the brick & mortar side, determine if the books should go to the next stage in the process or be recycled
- Put all children's books in the children's book area bin
- Put all mass market books in the mass market area bin
- Identify rare books from "older" books by checking dates