Teen Volunteers

Booking with a Buddy

Mondays and/or Wednesdays, one hour slots between 11:00 am - 8:30 pm

Now in its 20th summer, Booking with a Buddy pairs young readers (entering first, second, and third grade in the fall) with teen Big Buddies. You will read with and to your Little Buddy as well as play a reading-based group game near the end of each weekly one-hour session. Big Buddies will commit to one or two time slots each week and will work with the same kid(s) throughout the program. Big Buddies must commit to attend at least four of their five weekly sessions between June 26 and July 26. Opportunities to fill in as a substitute Big Buddy will also be available for interested volunteers. This fun interactive program offers a great opportunity for teens looking to get valuable one-on-one experience mentoring and working with younger kids. Accepted volunteers will receive a questionnaire with specific questions about your background, preferences, and time slot availability.

Peace Ambassadors

Mondays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Peace Ambassadors will explore the strategies of restorative justice through participating in and facilitating peace circles, as well as learning about community building and conflict resolution. Each session will meet for two hours to allow for discussion, a full peace circle, and skill building. Each Peace Ambassador will have the opportunity to facilitate or co-facilitate a circle.

Comic Book Creators

Tuesdays 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

In this volunteer group, you will use your artistic skills to write, illustrate, and design a fun, accessible comic book about privacy, consent, information, and knowledge with a group of fellow artists. We will be joined by professional comic book artists who will lend their expertise and advice to our endeavor. Volunteers in this group should be interested in drawing and writing.

Assistant Librarians

Tuesdays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this volunteer group you will help librarians on projects to help maintain and promote the library's collection. From keeping the collections up-to-date to sharing your favorites, be ready to learn some of the many things our librarians do each day at the library.

Gardeners

Tuesdays 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In this volunteer group, you will learn to grow edible plants such as berries, greens, and herbs. In addition to weekly weeding and upkeep of the garden, you will also help build small structures to support the growth of annual plants for years to come. Volunteers in this group should be prepared to get dirty.

Technology Help for Seniors

Wednesdays 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In this volunteer group, you will help senior citizens with their technology questions, such as posting to Facebook or sending a photo to a friend via Messenger. We'll also play computer games and have interesting conversations. Things you do every day seem like magic to seniors who are eager to learn about Facebook, shopping, and email. Volunteers in this group should be patient and comfortable talking to older adults.

Little Free Library Builders

Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In this volunteer group, you will learn to build your own Little Free Library—a small structure that houses free books for the public. In addition to learning how to build the libraries, you will also learn how to decorate and stock the library wherever it is installed. This volunteer group will often meet outside so volunteers in this group should not be afraid to use tools and get a little dirty.

Assistants for Preschool Nature Play

Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this volunteer group, you will be working directly with our youngest patrons and their caregivers. You will show them that nature is all around us and that it is easy to interact with it. Weekly activities will include but not be limited to identifying plants and insects with educational aides, playing in a water table and sand table, and facilitating other simple activities. You will also help set up and clean up. Volunteers in this group must be comfortable getting dirty and picking up bugs.

Actors for Theater Performance

Thursdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this volunteer group, you will be part of a teen acting ensemble that will perform The Sledding Hill, a play about censorship, death, and ghosts, adapted from the book of the same name by the great YA author, Chris Crutcher. Performances will take place in the library's professional-caliber auditorium and are open to the general public. Volunteers in this group should be interested in acting and be comfortable performing in front of an audience. Volunteers must also be available for multiple rehearsals during the first two weeks of August.

Tech/Design Crew for Theater Performance

Thursdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this volunteer group, you will play an instrumental role in the library’s production of The Sledding Hill. You will learn the basics of designing/constructing the costumes, make-up, scenery, props, and lighting to make this production successful. Performances will take place in the library’s auditorium and will be open to the general public. Volunteers in this group must be available for multiple rehearsals and performances during the first two weeks of August.

Youth Gaming Leaders

Mondays-Fridays 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this volunteer group, you will lead tabletop gaming sessions on strategy games like chess, Settlers of Catan Junior, and Ticket to Ride for elementary-age youth in the library during the weekday. You will be assigned to one or two time slots per week. Volunteers who sign up for this group should enjoy tabletop gaming and be capable of teaching and coaching younger children to play.

Drop-In Tech Help

Saturdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Provide drop-in technology assistance for library patrons and learn to teach short one-on-one sessions on a number of introductory technology topics. We provide the tech tools and training to help you get started. Volunteers should be comfortable conversing with adults.