Teen Volunteers

Teen Volunteers

Are you interested in becoming a Teen Volunteer at Summit Free Public Library? You’ve come to the right place! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed around our Teen Volunteer Program, so that you can complete more tasks from the comfort of your own home if you choose to do so. For more information, click on the links below.

Please click this link to sign up to be a Teen Volunteer at Summit Free Public Library.

Who can be a Teen Volunteer?

The library’s teen volunteer program is open to students in Grades 7 thru 12th grade. Students in sixth grade can begin to volunteer at the library in January of their sixth grade year; exceptions can be made if a sixth grade needs community service credit for religious obligations such as CCD and Hebrew School. Teens age out of the Teen Volunteer program after they graduate high school.

Please click this link to sign up to be a Teen Volunteer at Summit Free Public Library.

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What will you do as a Teen Volunteer?

Here are just some of the ways that you can help the library:

  • Book Buddies: Read with a younger child on the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 pm on zoom.
  • The ARC project: Take home Advanced Reader Copies of books, read them, and let us know whether or not we should purchase them for the collection.
  • CATSS Critics: Check out a Juvenile Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, or Adult Fiction Book from the Summit Free Public Library. Read the book, and either write a review about the book, or film yourself doing a booktalk video
  • Craft Helper: Create take home craft kits for kids, cut out shapes from patterns and assemble them into bags
  • Adopt a Bulletin Board: Choose a bulletin board in the children’s department, and design it around a theme, with the librarians’ guidance.
  • Virtual program assistance: Assist with virtual programs presented by the library staff
  • Kahoot Creator: Create a Kahoot trivia quiz using the library’s Kahoot account
  • CATSS Clips Create a video to introduce a craft or a storytime for the library.
  • Data Entry: editing lists, creating book lists, entering information into a document

Please click this link to sign up to be a Teen Volunteer at Summit Free Public Library.

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What qualities does the library want in a Teen Volunteer?

If any of the jobs above seem interesting, then your time as a volunteer at the library won’t even seem like work!

  • Creativity! Are you handy with a pair of scissors? Are you a glue stick pro? Can you wield a staple gun? There are a lot of crafts at the library, so this job is perfect if you love making stuff.
  • Organization! Libraries are all about organization and this means constant upkeep of things that get out of order. So if you get a sense of satisfaction when things are orderly, this is the right place for you!.
  • Attention to detail! While we don’t expect perfection, we would rather a task be done carefully than a rushed job completed in a hurry.
  • Learning! We might ask you to do something you’ve never done before, which is a great way for you to learn new skills!.
  • Tech savvy! If your cell phone never leaves your hand and your tablet is your best friend, you’d be a great fit for Teen Tech Help!.
  • Love of the library! We hope that you want to help out at the library because you enjoy using the library yourself. We love sharing the library with you and we’re happy that you want to share your talents with us!.

Please click this link to sign up to be a Teen Volunteer at Summit Free Public Library.

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What behavior does the library expect from a Teen Volunteer?

  • Dependability. We expect you to show up on time and stay for your entire shift. If you can’t make it, we expect that you or your parent will let us know.
  • Respect. We expect you to be respectful of library patrons, staff members, and other volunteers. Your behavior while volunteering reflects upon the library.
  • Focus. We expect you to keep socializing to a minimum. You will not use your cell phone, unless there is an emergency.
  • Neatness. We expect you to clean up after yourself and put back any items or tools you’ve used during your shift. Library staff should not have to clean up after you when you leave.
  • Communication. We expect you to tell us if you don’t understand instructions for a task you are given, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing a certain task. Give us the chance to clarify the task, or the opportunity to give you a different task you are better suited for. Most importantly, we want you to speak up for yourself!

Please click this link to sign up to be a Teen Volunteer at Summit Free Public Library.

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Here are the complete list of rules you have to follow

  • You will be respectful of library patrons, staff, and other volunteers. Your behavior while volunteering reflects upon the library.
  • You will show up and sign in only on days you’re scheduled. If you show up when you’re not scheduled, there is no guarantee you will receive work and you may be sent home.
  • It is your responsibility to arrive on time for your scheduled shift. If you cannot show up to your shift, you will cancel your shift online or let the library know so your shift can be reassigned.
  • You will sign in our Teen Volunteer binder at the beginning of each shift. You will use one timesheet to record all of your volunteer hours until you run out of space on the page.
  • f you have another form for the library staff member to sign, please leave it with your timesheet at the beginning of your shift and take it with you when you leave.
  • You will do the work that is asked of you in order to receive full credit for your hours. If you are confused or have any questions, ask the staff member who assigned you the work to clarify the task.
  • You will not use your cell phone during your shift unless there is an emergency.
  • You will focus on your assignment and keep socializing to a minimum.
  • You will not walk away from work you are assigned without alerting a library staff member. If you walk away without letting anyone know, you will not receive full credit for your hours.
  • You will make sure you clean up and put away what you used while volunteering. Do not leave a mess for library staff to clean up.

Please click this link to sign up to be a Teen Volunteer at Summit Free Public Library.

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