Volunteer Opportunities for Teens
Teens may contribute their energy and talents in several different ways at Brownell Library.
- Become a member of our Teen/Tween Advisory Group (TAG): Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to share their time and skills to make the library a better place! This will include helping with short-term projects and crafts, contributing ideas for future programs, weighing in on library decisions, and helping plan and run bigger events. TAG members are sometimes also recruited for helping at library events, both alone or with friends, and are role models for kids participating in these programs. Meetings will be held on the second Friday of every month, and we will be serving PIZZA! Join us and bring a friend!
- Support our summer programs: Teens in grades 6-12 are a vital part of providing our Summer Programs. You can find more details about opportunities in the Teen Summer Program released in June.
- Offer a one-time event or program: Teens in grades 6-12 may offer a one-time program or kit for the library, focusing on a topic they are particularly interested in. They may work individually or coordinate with another organization like the Senior Center or Teen Center. Brownell youth staff are happy to collaborate and provide logistical support, such as help with advertising or planning. Past examples include a balloon rocket kit and STEAM programs.
- Become an ongoing volunteer: Teens in grades 9-12 may volunteer to help our librarians with behind-the-scenes tasks such as shelf reading, shelving books, taking inventory of book lists, decorating bulletin boards, and various other jobs. Ongoing teen volunteers are asked to make a six-month commitment to come every week for a two hour shift. An application and background check are required. If accepted, librarians will provide training.
- Become a teen trustee: Regular teen volunteers in grades 11 and 12 may be asked to become teen representatives on our Board of Trustees. This is an excellent opportunity to see how a community board works and weigh in at a high level on matters impacting the library.
All community service is valuable for personal fulfillment and may also count toward school credit and college or job applications. Talk to a youth librarian about what option is best for you.
Learn more about our other Teen Services.