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 8,000 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. When filling out the application, please note the position applying for. If there are no current openings, applications will be kept on file for a year from the date of the application.  For more information e-mail: volunteer@estesvalleylibrary.org or call: 970 586 8116 x838.

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Volunteer Spotlight – John Krueger

We bring our Volunteer Spotlight series to its finale with a well-deserved focus on our Board of Trustees President, John Krueger. John has worked tirelessly for 6 years as a member of the governing Board of Trustees and has served as both Treasurer and Board President. For his dedicated leadership, John was honored in 2020 by the Colorado Association of Libraries as the state’s Outstanding Library Trustee of the Year.

Originally from Independence, Missouri, John says he was not a particularly good student, except in the area of Math. He went on to major in Applied Mathematics at the University of Missouri with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He was able to use his math and engineering in a 36-year career in oil and gas exploration. This work took him to many areas of the world including Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Austria, England, Uzbekistan and even to some remote areas of Turkmenistan where his most memorable experiences included riding on a shepherd’s donkey and eating a meal cooked in the ground while sitting on blankets. John and his family got the travel bug and took vacations to many of these locations and other places which included the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and New Zealand. Their travel was not only to overseas destinations, but also within the US where they visited many US national parks, Acadia National Park being one of their favorites.. 

John and his wife Marlene retired to Estes Park in 2005, although they had started vacationing in Estes in 1979. Marlene’s grandfather owned the Brookside Cabins in the 1950s and 60s so there was a strong connection to the area. In his free time, John plays competitive bridge at which he became a Life Master a few years after moving to Estes Park. He is also part of the Monday Men’s Golf League and loves to read, especially native American focused authors and mystery authors. 

John has had a robust volunteer experience since moving to Estes that has included Crossroads and the Library Foundation which he helped merge with the Library Friends organization in 2014. Of the Library, John says: “I find that our Library staff make a significant contribution in many ways to our community both in providing great reading opportunities but also the programming services that bring folks together over numerous topics that help educate and inform us all… I’m proud to be part of the Library.” And the Library is proud to have such a dedicated and experienced Board President. John has been a steady and passionate advocate for public libraries and their tremendous potential.  Thank you John for your many years of service to the Library and our Estes Park community!