Volunteer - Positions

Author Registration and Escorts

Volunteers are needed to assist in the Author Hospitality Rooms in the Louisiana State Capitol and the State Library of Louisiana, and to escort authors to panel discussions, to the book signing tent, and throughout the festival footprint.

Why it’s a great position

  • The opportunity to meet and interact with featured Book Festival authors and presenters
  • The chance to see multiple areas of the festival

Responsibilities

  • Assist with author check-in and hospitality
  • Escort multiple authors to program locations as assigned. Programs are located in the State Capitol, the State Library, the State Museum, the Welcome Center, and in tents on neighboring streets
  • Escort multiple authors from program locations to other areas, including the author signing area, or anywhere else they may need to go on festival grounds
  • Assignments for participating authors will be included with their listings in the “Featured Participants” section of the LBF Program, but you will also be directed to assignments by the Author Escort Coordinator

Details for consideration

  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Requires walking/standing
  • Requires a good sense of direction

 

Barnes & Noble Book Signing Tent

Volunteers are needed to assist authors in the book signing tent. Books by every featured author are available for purchase will be signed following author presentations. Authors are scheduled to sign their books approximately 15 minutes following their presentation. 

Why it’s a great position

  • The opportunity to meet and interact with featured Book Festival authors and presenters
  • The opportunity to interact with the book-loving attendees
  • The pleasure of hanging out in a pop-up bookstore!

Responsibilities

  • Help maintain traffic flow in the book sale and signing area
  • Greet guests and authors and make sure they can find their table
  • Assist in opening books to title page for author to sign
  • Prepare and manage author-signing areas (pens, chairs, correct signage)
  • Keep the crowd controlled
  • Watch entrance and exit areas of the tent

Details for consideration

  • Position in outdoor tent
  • Requires standing

 

Children's Activity Tent

The Children’s Activity Tent offers children's book-related activities, photo opportunities, costumed storybook characters, writing enrichment projects, and various arts and crafts.

Why it’s a great position

  • The opportunity to instill a love of books and reading with the festivals youngest attendees  
  • The chance to interact with festival attendees

Responsibilities

  • Assisting in preparing supplies for crafts
  • Distributing craft materials to children
  • Assisting children with crafts
  • Keeping area clean and organized
  • Assisting with face painting (supplies will be provided)

Details for consideration

  • Position in outdoor tent
  • Requires work with children

 

Concessions

Volunteers are needed to assist in selling refreshments to Louisiana Book Festival attendees.

Why it’s a great position

  • The opportunity to interact with book-loving attendees and exhibitors
  • The chance to help raise a little money for the Book Festival

Responsibilities

  • Selling coffee, water, and soft drinks
  • Handling money
  • Manage supplies

Details for consideration

  • May require some standing, bending, and light lifting
  • Position in outdoor tent

 

Cooking Demonstration Tent

Volunteers are needed in the Cooking Demonstration Tent, where local and national cookbook authors and chefs demonstrate their skills.

Why it’s a great position

  • The opportunity to meet and interact with featured Book Festival chefs and cookbook authors
  • The chance to watch and attend Book Festival cooking demonstrations
  • Volunteers will also have the opportunity to taste and distribute samples of what the chef prepares!

Responsibilities

  • Welcome audience and remind them to turn off cell phones and pagers
  • Assist Chef as needed for each demonstration
  • Assist with deliveries from cookbook authors to the festival site
  • Keep area clean and organized
  • Clean up after each demonstration
  • Take attendance at each demonstration

Details for consideration

  • May require some standing, bending, and light lifting
  • Position in outdoor tent

 

Festival Information and Merchandise

Volunteers are needed to man the 2+ Information Booths at the festival. Louisiana Book Festival T-shirts, mugs and book bags will be available for purchase at some information booth locations.

Why it’s a great position

  • The opportunity to interact with and assist book-loving attendees
  • The chance to help raise a little money for the Book Festival
  • Serving as the go-to source for helpful info at the festival

Responsibilities

  • Assist festival guests by providing directions, distributing maps and programs and answering who-what-when-where questions Handling money
  • Manage supplies
  • Sell merchandise
  • Report emergency situations
  • Manage lost and found

Details for consideration

  • May require some standing, bending, and light lifting
  • Position in outdoor tent

 

Golf Cart Transportation

Volunteers are needed to drive golf carts throughout festival grounds to aid in various festival transportation needs.
Why it’s a great position

  • The opportunity to interact with and assist book-loving attendees, authors and presenters
  • Buzz around festival grounds in a golf cart!

Responsibilities

  • Maintain shuttle service between Capitol Stop and Barnes and Noble Tent Stop
  • Transport physically impaired
  • Deliver operational supplies (ice, programs, evaluation forms, etc.) as directed
  • Assist janitorial services with trash pickup
  • Drive golf carts and act as a general Festival “go-fer”

 Details for consideration

  • Volunteers must be 18+ and have a valid driver’s license
  • Position take place outdoors

 

Program Assistants

*Position formerly called Room Monitors*
Volunteers are needed to supervise the rooms and locations where festival programming is taking place at that State Capitol, Children’s Author & Storytelling Tent, State Museum, and Welcome Center.

Why it’s a great position

  • The chance to watch and attend Book Festival programming
  • The opportunity to meet and interact with featured Book Festival authors and presenters

Responsibilities

  • Welcome guests
  • Take attendance at each program
  • Give authors and presenters “time checks”
  • Monitor late entrances, exits, door and hall noises
  • You may be asked to introduce a featured author (introductions will be provided)

Details for consideration

  • Position may take place indoors or in outdoor tent
  • Public speaking may be required

 

Teen HQ

Volunteers are needed at the festival’s teen headquarters, a space for teens featuring readings and book talks by young adult authors and a variety of book-related games, crafts and activities.

Why it’s a great position

  • The chance to watch and attend Book Festival programming
  • The opportunity to meet and interact with featured Book Festival authors and presenters

Responsibilities

  • Keep craft tables organized
  • Help with craft assembly
  • Monitor supply levels
  • Direct raffle winners to the Teen HQ Coordinator
  • Pass out an answer sheet pertaining to individual trivia games to each participant

Details for consideration

  • Position takes place indoors
Volunteer

Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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