2017 Southern Festival of Books Volunteer Sign-Up
Thank you for your interest in helping make the Festival possible! Please review the various options for volunteer positions and indicate your interest and availability. Be sure to click 'SUBMIT' at the bottom of the page, and we will be in touch with you closer to Festival time with your shift(s) and information. If you are interested in multiple shifts, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Festival hours:
Friday, October 13th, Noon - 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 14th, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 15th, Noon - 5:00 pm

And of course, we welcome help before the Festival. Opportunities to set up or send posters are listed below.

Many of you have joined us before, and we would be excited to have you join us again. And if you haven't, please join us today! Make new friends. Read new books. And thank you for your willingness to come out and help. See you on the Plaza!

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Hosting Author Sessions
Hosts are vital to the Festival. As a host, you will introduce the author at his/her session, moderate Q & A, keep time, and escort the author to/from the session.
Hands on Help
This position is ideal for someone who appreciates behind-the-scenes work. Responsibilities: Assist exhibitors load/unload and be on-call for staff during crucial set-up and tear-down times. This shift will likely involve light lifting. Check all that apply.
Assisting at the Youth Stage
On Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, the schedule is packed with activities and author readings for our young readers. This is a great position for someone who enjoys children. Responsibilities: Assist the youth stage coordinator with things like decorating, helping children with crafts, or helping maintain flow of author performances. Shift time is approximately 3 hours. Check all that apply.
Assisting with sessions at the Library
We will have most of our sessions in the Downtown Public Library this year. During Festival hours, there is need for general assistance for the public there. Responsibilities: Assist Festival guests with directions to the library rooms and with reading the schedule. Report to staff any technical issues or needs that might arise. Shift time is approximately 3 hours. Check all that apply.
Running Errands
With the Festival being spread out, there is need to provide general assistance to vendors, staff, and our guests. Responsibilities: Assist staff with general needs and report to staff any technical issues or needs that might arise. Shift time is approximately 3 hours. Check all that apply.
Selling Merchandise and providing information
This activity is great for an enthusiastic, people-person. Responsibilities: Assist Festival goers in finding the desired merchandise including t-shirt sizes and styles. Keep all merchandise straightened, organized, and visually appealing throughout the shift. Because merchandise is sold in the Festival headquarters tent, people will approach you with Festival questions ranging from general site questions to specific scheduling questions. Staff members will always be on-hand to help. Cash register experience is great, but not required. Shift time is approximately 3 hours. Check all that apply.
Facilitating Author Signings
This activity is great for a first-time volunteer or someone who is efficient and enjoys working in both slow- and fast-paced environments, as author signings come in waves. Responsibilities: Every author comes to sign books after his or her session for at least 30 minutes in the Author Signing Colonnade. Volunteers ensure that each author has found his or her assigned table and that they have working pens with which to sign. You will also be responsible for politely cutting off authors' signing lines after 30 minutes if the author wishes. There are more than 200 authors on the Festival program throughout the weekend and usually 10-15 authors signing simultaneously all hours of the Festival. Shift time is approximately 3 hours. Check all that apply.
Driving Golf Cart Shuttle
To help some of our guests get from the Plaza to the Library, we need your help in taking a shift driving a gold cart shuttle. It is a short ride on a street with no traffic. Note: You must be 18 years old or older. Shift time is approximately 3 hours. Check all that apply
Monitoring Author Hospitality Room
This position is ideal for a people- and detail-oriented person. You will be asked to maintain a list that contains names of people who are allowed access to the hospitality room. You will be asked to be polite as well as assertive and firm to turn people away if their names are not the list. Responsibilities: Monitoring access to the room, replenishing refreshments and notifying staff of issues, having general knowledge of festival activities, and maintaining the room's appearance. Shift time is approximately 3 hours. Check all that apply.
Working in the Beer Garden
This position is ideal for an enthusiastic, people-person. Responsibilities: Serve beer, keep products visually appealing, and have knowledge of the products. Cash register experience is great, but not required. Note: You must be 21 years old or older. Shift time is approximately 3 hours. Check all that apply.
Distributing posters in your area
This activity is perfect for someone who wants to be involved in promoting the Festival in his or her area. A few months before the Festival we will mail posters to you to distribute or you may pick them up at our office. Responsibilities: Find community-minded businesses, community centers, schools, etc. that will allow you to place Festival posters in their windows or on their walls. Our goal is to promote the Festival throughout the Mid-South region. The time commitment varies depending on involvement.
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