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Volunteering at the Estes Valley Library

Volunteers are valuable partners in the Library’s Mission to bring people, ideas and opportunities together for our community.  The library proudly hosts one of the most well-established and successful volunteer programs in the Estes Valley. Library volunteers contribute more than 7,000 hours of valuable service annually.

Working under the supervision of staff, volunteers can be found in all departments of the library. Some volunteers work in regular positions and others give their time to special programs or short-term projects.


Available volunteer postings are announced here. If there are no current openings, applications will be kept on file for a year from the date of the application.

Current Volunteer Postings:


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For more information e-mail: or call: 970 586 8116 x838.

Volunteer Spotlight:  Kaye Orten

Meet the inspirational Kaye Orten! Kaye has been a Library Trustee for 6 years. She also volunteers annually at the Friends & Foundation book sales and offers one-on-one college planning sessions with High School students. Kaye says she appreciates that the Library is a center for the community and offers a component of lifelong learning that keeps people engaged.

Kaye was born and raised in Denver and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where she obtained two degrees. She started visiting Estes Park when she was 5 when her parents brought her on camping trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. Kaye and her husband eventually retired to Estes in 2009.

Kaye also loves to travel. She says: “The place that most impacted me was St. Petersburg in 1974 where I was doing Russian and Slavic studies as part of my undergraduate degree.  In 2013 I was able to go back and see how much the country had changed.”

Kaye’s talents extend to languages (French, Russian, German and a little Italian), cooking and music. Kaye plays the flute, piano, guitar and now, thanks to the Library’s ukulele programs, is now learning the ukulele.

When asked what inspires her, Kaye says: “People inspire me. I’d like to think that some of the people I’ve known over the years would say that I inspired them or challenged them to think about things in a different way. At the end of the day, that is the legacy we leave behind.”

You have certainly been an inspiration to us! Thank you, Kaye!


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