Teens must be ages 14-18 to volunteer with the library.
Volunteering with the library looks a little bit different these days. All of our teen volunteering is done virtually because of Covid-19 safety measures. We hope to make in-person volunteering available soon, but in the meantime, these are the virtual volunteering options available for teens:
If you love to read, this is the job for you! We need volunteers to read books in our YA (Young Adult) collection, or YA Advanced Reader copies sent by publishers (these are books sent to librarians before they are published). The reviews will be posted to our social media accounts, shared with the Teen Club Online site, and possibly placed inside the books. Books must be chosen from a list of YA new releases, which a librarian will give you. If a reviewer wants to read and review a book outside of the YA collection, the desired book must be discussed with and approved by the Adult Services Department. Each book review will count as 3 hours of volunteer time.
Information Literacy Volunteering
Information Literacy Volunteering is an opportunity for teens to fulfill their required volunteer hours by reading about and discussing topics centered around librarianship and information literacy. A librarian will assign short reading selections and materials. Volunteers will have 2 weeks to read, reflect, and answer a few discussion questions. At the end of the 2 weeks, volunteers will meet virtually with a librarian and discuss the assigned material. These meetings will be held via Zoom and will not last longer than 30 minutes. Teens can complete as many of these assignments as they need to fulfill their volunteering requirements, with the understanding that only one assignment and discussion with a librarian may be completed every 2 weeks. Each assignment and discussion counts for 3 hours of volunteer time.
If you would like to volunteer for either of these options, please email Molly at mprice[at]arlibrary[dot]org with the subject line "Teen Volunteering," or call 336.846.2056.