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 – Marilyn Irwin

Meet the wonderful Marilyn Irwin, volunteer with the Library Friends & Foundation.

You might meet Marilyn on Thursdays at Cliffhanger Used Books where she works as Manager of the Day. 

Marilyn is originally from Iowa. While her parents did not encourage outdoor adventures, Marilyn often visited her grandparents who lived in a small town where she had many opportunities to explore the great outdoors. This love of the outdoors grew into a love of the mountains on a vacation to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1979. At Rocky, Marilyn discovered hiking and the thrill of being up high. After buying a house in Estes in 1987, she moved here permanently in 2001. Marilyn has a son, Ben, and a 3-year old granddaughter, Ramona. 

With a BS and an MS in Education, Marilyn taught elementary grades for 33 years, no small feat! Then in 1990, she started working during the summers as a park ranger in Rocky, discovering that she loved offering educational programs in visitor centers and in the field. Her speciality was first-person narrative programs, acting the part of someone else and telling of their adventures in the Park. She added other duties to this, which included helping prepare for the Park centennial celebrations in 2015. She retired last year after 29 years, calling her Park experience: “the best job I ever had”. 

Marilyn has traveled to all 50 states and also to Germany, where she worked during her college years. 

Of her volunteer role at Cliffhanger, Marilyn says: “This position fills several interests that I have: books, old things and working with other volunteers. It feels good to give something back to the town and the people of Estes Park.”

Thank you Marilyn! We are privileged to have you on the team!