Teen Volunteering

Looking for a way to give back to the library?  Need service hours? Want to learn about the inner workings of the library? Apply for a volunteer position!  Fill out an online application or stop by the library for a paper form. 

To join our team of volunteers you should:

  • Be least 13 years of age.
  • Be available to volunteer at least 1–3 hours a week for at least 2–3 months. (Short-term opportunities are available — See below.)
  • Have the ability to work alone or with others (other volunteers and staff).

Teen volunteers are encouraged to join our Teen Action Group (TAG).  More information here

Volunteer Guidelines

Prospective volunteers must fill out an application form.  Applicants will be contacted for a brief, casual interview.  Once approved, the volunteer coordinators will conduct applicants for position assignments and scheduling.  

What you can expect from the Library:

  • Library staff will work with you to resolve problems with scheduling of assigned tasks.
  • Library staff will assist with library patrons.  
  • Library staff will communicate in a timely fashion if there is a change to your schedule.
  • Library staff will provide documentation of community service hours upon request. 

What’s expected of you:

Your volunteer position is like a job.  It’s essential that you are on time, courteous, and invested in your position.  Do your absolute best to follow the guidelines and give your best effort to assigned tasks.  Remember, you are representing your library!  

As volunteer, you agree to the following guidelines:

  • Arrive at your assigned time and notify staff when you are here.
  • Keep track of your schedule.
  • Communicate with staff if you are unable to make your scheduled shift.  Notify staff one day prior to absence or as soon as possible.  
  • Perform assigned duties in a pleasant manner, being courteous and respectful of staff and patrons.
  • Keep cell phone on silent/vibrate and do not make or receive any calls that are not emergencies.  Notify staff if you need to take an emergency call.
  • Wear appropriate attire. Dress as you would for a job. You may need to bend over, reach up, or lift to perform certain tasks. No bare feet, bathing suits, exposed midriffs, excessively short shorts or skirts, clothing with offensive or threatening messages, revealing attire, etc.  
  • Communicate if there is a problem with scheduling or your assigned duties.
  • Direct patrons in need of help to library staff.  Volunteers are NOT to assist patrons on their own.
  • Volunteers may NOT access patrons’ accounts or personal information.  This includes (but is not limited to) library card applications, printed bills or late notices, holds, purchase requests, interlibrary loans, etc.
  • Volunteers may NOT go behind the circulation counter to use computers or phones or enter the staff break room 
  • Volunteers may only access the workroom if authorized by a staff member. 

At the discretion of the library, you may be asked to stop volunteering if you fail to follow these guidelines or have repeated call-outs or no-shows.  

Volunteer Positions

The library offers a variety of volunteer positions to meet a range of needs.  When applying, you may select more than one position.  Position availability is subject to change. 

Circulation Volunteer

Responsibilities:

  • Check in games
  • Pair application cards
  • File discs and shelf DVDs
  • Check DVD drawers and sleeves for accuracy

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to bend, stoop, and reach

Craft Preparation Volunteer

Responsibilities:

  • Assembling Take and Make Kits
  • Cutting, gluing, hole punching, tying, stapling, etc.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to perform repetitive movement tasks with hands

Organization Volunteer

Responsibilities:

  • Sorting supplies such as LEGOs craft materials, books, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Moving boxes

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift and carry items up to 10 pounds
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and reach

Shelf Care Volunteer

Responsibilities:

  • Shelving books
  • Filing books in correct order
  • Dusting shelves
  • Shifting books
  • Facing books

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift and carry items up to 10 pounds
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and reach

Teen Action Group (TAG)

Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Participate in TAG sponsored events.

Visit our TAG page for more information.

Teen Book Reviewer

Responsibilities:

  • Read Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) or other books 
  • Write a short book review or make a book talk video
  • Communicate with librarians about the book

Event Support

The library is involved in several large community events each year.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Maker Day (March)
  • Green Fest (April)
  • Free Comic Book Day (early May)
  • Book Fest (October)

Each event has different requirements. Event volunteering is a good fit for people who can’t commit to regular shifts but still want to be involved.