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People-counting tips: We do not count visitors who come in for classes/events and immediately leave. Visitors only get counted if they come in early or stay after to use the center (chatting with hosts counts). Visitors do not include delivery people unless they stop to chat/ask about writing or The Muse. You CAN count hosts/volunteers/staff.

Library Checkout Procedure:


Check that the client is a member. To do so, see if they are listed on THIS PAGE. All members are automatically added when they sign up.


If they are not a member, refer them to our Giving and Membership page to sign up as a member. Non-members can not check out books from the library. But they are more than welcome to read them within the building.


Log into Libib using the Host email (hint:Gatsby) and Host password.

(This information should be posted physically on the computer if you don't know it offhand.)


Once on Libib, click Lending. Type in the item they would like to borrow under Lending Item and their name under Patron. Then click Checkout. 

If the member's name does not show up under Patron, click the Patrons tab and see if they are in the list of members there. If they are not, they have not been added to the Libib system. You can add them to the system by clicking Add Patron. 

Have them fill out the form, leaving Tags and Patron ID blank. Click Add Patron.

Then return to Lending and try again.

September 2023 Volunteer Calendar

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Optional To-Do's!

Hosting? Bored? Want to stay busy? Here's some random tasks you could help with!

Clean the whiteboards! Pick the dirtiest whiteboard you can find and give it a good wipe. You can use wet wipes or paper towels and whiteboard cleaner. (All cleaning supplies are by the bathrooms.)

Tighten screws on chairs so they're not so wobbly. (You can find tools by the bathrooms, behind the curtained area.)

Refill sodas in the fridge. (Extra soda is always under the kitchen bench.) (If we are out of any soda, shoot Sam a text at 757-807-0383.)

Refill coffee or tea pods. (You can find extras in the labelled kitchen cabinets.)

Wipe the kitchen counter. Writers tend to leave coffee drips in their path. Try to wipe them up so they don't stain.

Find cool stuff! Search the internet for writing-related articles, graphics, jokes, quotes, or interviews. We can use these for our social media! Send your findings to Sam via the Host Landing Page or 



  • ⭐ Engage with our social media accounts! (Any and all engagement helps us get our names out there!)
    • Twitter - Visit our Twitter account at  and engage with our account. Follow, like posts, retweet, comment, share, or tag us in writing/reading related posts.
    • Instagram - Visit our Insta account at  and engage with our account. Follow, like posts, repost, comment, share, or tag us in writing related posts.
    • Tiktok - Visit our Tiktok account at  and engage with our account. Follow, watch our videos, like posts, repost, comment, share, or tag us in writing related posts.
  • ⭐ Find cool content for The Muse to post to social media. This can include
  • ⭐ Search The Muse Writers Center on Google and leave a five-star review! While you're there, go ahead and like some of the other reviews ❤️
  • ⭐ Take pictures for The Muse's social media --guests, hosts, classes, the center, cool things. (Email pictures to (or text them if you have my number!))
  • Put QR codes on the back of Muse stickers/merchandise. (QR codes are located in the front desk drawers.)
  • Empty trash bins and leave trash bags by the back door. Staff will take them to the dumpsters.

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