Teen Volunteerism at SCLSNJ

Explore volunteer programs at your local branch; in-person and virtual opportunities vary by location.

Applications for Zine Editor and Designer positions will be posted in November.

For the 2021-22 school year, the Bound Brook Library Teen Volunteer Program will be split into two options: In-Person and Virtual.

Prospective volunteers interested in BOTH options must apply to EACH program separately.

Please be aware that volunteer service credit hours will not be combined across in-person and virtual programs.

IN-PERSON VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click here to access the Printable Paper Application for IN-PERSON Volunteering at Bound Brook Library

Paquete de voluntariado adolescente en persona de la biblioteca de Bound Brook

IN-PERSON volunteer opportunities:

  • Teen Advisory Board (entering grades 6-12) – The Teen Advisory Board (or TAB) is a group designed to give teens a voice in the library. The group gives teens the opportunity to offer suggestions for books, movies, video games, and programming. Community service hours are awarded for attending regular monthly meetings. Please note: You do not have to apply to be a volunteer to attend meetings.
  • Program Assistant (entering grades 9-12) – Program assistants help library staff prepare materials and space for library events and programs. This could include setting up for fun projects like life sized game boards and escape rooms, organizing supplies and materials for different programs, and even assisting in running the program/event itself. This position is great for anyone who is detail oriented, organized, and would like to practice project management skills.
  • Adopt a Shelf / Shelving Assistant (entering grades 9-12) – In this position, volunteers will help the library with its collection of library materials. They will shelf read call numbers on library materials like books and DVDs to make sure they are in the correct order, and shelve library materials in their proper places  This is a great opportunity for anyone who is detail-oriented.
  • Craft Assistant  (entering grades 6-12) – Craft Assistants help library staff create creative and fun crafts for kids and their families. In this position you would be helping to organize materials, put together instructions for kids, and even help brainstorm new ideas for future crafts. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is organized and loves anything arts and crafts related.
  • Display Assistant/ Space Design Assistance (entering grades 6-12)-  In this position, volunteers help library staff maintain a welcoming environment in the Teen Space. Volunteers will help create fun and unique wall and shelf displays. Volunteers will also get a chance to contribute to the present and future layout of the Teen Space by sharing their views and opinions. This is a great position for anyone with an eye for art and design.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click here to access the Digital Application for VIRTUAL Volunteering with Bound Brook Library

Solicitud de voluntariado adolescente- SOLO VIRTUAL en español

VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities:

  • Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.
  • Book Reviews – Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • Zine – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Bound Brook Library:
Rosie Mendoza | rmendoza@sclibnj.org

Applications for the In-Person Bridgewater Library Teen Volunteer Program will be available beginning December 6, 2021.

The Bridgewater Library Teen Volunteer Program is all virtual at this time.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click here to access the Digital Application for VIRTUAL Volunteering with Bridgewater Library (space is limited)

VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities:

Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Bridgewater Library:
Katie Salerno | ksalerno@sclibnj.org

For the 2021-22 school year, the Hillsborough Library Teen Volunteer Program will be split into two options: In-Person and Virtual.

Prospective volunteers interested in BOTH options must apply to EACH program separately.

Please be aware that volunteer service credit hours will not be combined across in-person and virtual programs.

IN-PERSON VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Downloadable Paper Application for IN-PERSON Volunteering at Hillsborough Library

Click to access the Digital Application for IN-PERSON Volunteering at Hillsborough Library

IN-PERSON volunteer opportunities:

  • Kindness Club  (grades 6-12) – Connect with other teens and earn community service hours by promoting positivity and kindness in the community. This group meets the first Friday of the month at 4:30 pm. 
  • Program Assistant (grades 8-12) – Assist with the running and prep of various children’s programs.
  • Adopt a Shelf (grades 8-12) – Fall cycle: October 11- December 11, 2021. Winter Cycle: January 3 – March 5. 2022. Spring cycle: March 21- May 21, 2022. In this seasonal position, volunteers will help the library with its collection of library materials. They will shelf read call numbers on library materials like books and DVDs to make sure they are in the correct order. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is detail-oriented. Volunteers will be scheduled for weekly shifts based on their availability.
  • Reading Buddies (grades 8-12) – Teen volunteers will be partnered with a child (K-4) to allow the child to practice their reading skills by reading out loud to the volunteer.
  • Teen Leadership Committee (grades 9-12) – Connect with other teens and earn community service hours by helping to plan and organize upcoming children’s programs, assisting with ongoing Youth Services Department projects and getting leadership opportunities. This group meets the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 am.
  • Homework Help  (grades 9-12) – Assist students in grades 3-12 with their homework including math, science, history and english.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Digital Application for VIRTUAL Volunteering with Hillsborough Library

VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities:

  • Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.
  • Book Reviews – Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • Zine – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Hillsborough Library:
Allison Ryan | aryan@sclibnj.org

For the 2021-22 school year, the Manville Teen Volunteer Program will be split into two options: In-Person and Virtual.

Prospective volunteers interested in BOTH options must apply to EACH program separately.

Please be aware that volunteer service credit hours will not be combined across in-person and virtual programs.

IN-PERSON VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Digital Application for IN-PERSON Volunteering at Manville Library

IN-PERSON volunteer opportunities vary.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Digital Application for VIRTUAL Volunteering with Manville Library

VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities:

  • Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.
  • Book Reviews – Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • Zine – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Manville Library:
Jen Fitzgerald | jfitzgerald@sclibnj.org

For the 2021-22 school year, the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Teen Volunteer Program is virtual.

Click to access the Digital Application for VIRTUAL Volunteering with Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities:

  • Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.
  • Book Reviews   Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • Zine – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding VIRTUAL volunteering:
Diane Valentine | maryjacobs@sclibnj.org

For the 2021-22 school year, the North Plainfield Library Teen Volunteer Program will offer both in person and virtual volunteer opportunities.

Click to access the Digital Application for Volunteering with the North Plainfield Library

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Cleaning Assistant (in person) – Wiping down toddler books, toys, and surfaces.
  • First Look Book Reviews (in person) – Complete book reviews of ARCs for collection development purposes.
  • Materials Processing (in person) –  Blacking out barcodes, removing covers, and boxing weeded materials.
  • Misplaced Materials Check (in person) – Checking music, dvd, and game cases for corresponding materials.
  • Readers Advisory (in person) – Create reading lists for the teen resource guide.
  • Shelf Reading & Cleaning (in person) – Ensuring titles are in correct shelf order, belong at this branch, edging books, and dusting/cleaning shelves.
  • Special collection maintenance (in person) – Confirming library storytime and book kits are not missing pieces. Checking playaways and launchpads batteries.
  • Program Assistant (in person) – Assist with setup, break down, and in-program support.
  • Display Assistant (in person) – Design, create, setup, and breakdown displays.
  • Make A Difference (virtual) – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.
  • Book Reviews (virtual) – Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • Zine (virtual) – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at North Plainfield Library:
Jodi Silverman | jsilverman@sclibnj.org

For the 2021-22 school year, Peapack-Gladstone Library’s Teen Volunteer Program will be hybrid (a mix of in-person and virtual opportunities).

HYBRID VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Printable Paper Application for Peapack-Gladstone Library’s Teen Volunteer Program

Click to access the Digital Application for Peapack-Gladstone Library’s Teen Volunteer Program

HYBRID volunteer opportunities:

  • IN PERSON: Reading Buddies – Read picture books to young readers and help them complete a small craft. Please note: You do not have to apply to be a volunteer to attend Reading Buddy programs. However, by checking this box, you will be informed when there are Reading Buddy opportunities throughout the year.
  • IN PERSON: Adopt a Shelf / Shelving Assistant – In this position, volunteers will help the library with its collection of library materials. They will shelf read call numbers on library materials like books and DVDs to make sure they are in the correct order, and shelve library materials in their proper places. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is detail-oriented.
  • IN PERSON: Craft Assistant – In this position, volunteers will assist with setup and break down of supplies at a craft program, or prepping for craft projects before the craft program is to take place.
  • IN PERSON: Teen Advisory Board – The Teen Advisory Board (or TAB) is a group designed to give teens a voice in the library. The group gives teens the opportunity to offer suggestions for books, movies, video games, and programming. Community service hours are awarded for those who make monthly contributions towards TAB discussions. Please note: You do not have to apply to be a volunteer to take part in the Teen Advisory Board. However, by filling out this form, you will be added to our TAB email list.
  • VIRTUAL: Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.
  • VIRTUAL: Book Reviews – Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • VIRTUAL: Teen ZINE – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding the teen volunteer program at Peapack-Gladstone Library:
Melissa John | mjohn@sclibnj.org

For the 2021-22 school year, the Somerville Library Teen Volunteer Program will be split into two options: In-Person and Virtual.

Prospective volunteers interested in BOTH options must apply to EACH program separately.

Please be aware that volunteer service credit hours will not be combined across in-person and virtual programs.

IN-PERSON VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Digital Application for IN-PERSON Volunteering at Somerville Library

IN-PERSON volunteer opportunities:

  • Teen Advisory Board
  • General Volunteer
  • Shelf Checker
  • Craft Prep Assistant

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Digital Application for VIRTUAL Volunteering with Somerville Library

VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities:

  • Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering. Projects that do good for others.
  • Book Reviews – Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • Zine – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Somerville Library:
Vincent Limbo | vlimbo@sclibnj.org

For the 2021-22 school year, the Warren Township Library Teen Volunteer Program will be split into two options: In-Person and Virtual.

The In-Person application window is now closed.

VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities:

  • Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.
  • Book Reviews – Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • Zine – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding VIRTUAL volunteering:
Email volunteer@sclibnj.org

For the 2021-22 school year, the Watchung Library Teen Volunteer Program will be split into two options: In-Person and Virtual.

Prospective volunteers interested in BOTH options must apply to EACH program separately.

Please be aware that volunteer service credit hours will not be combined across in-person and virtual programs.

IN-PERSON VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Digital Application for IN-PERSON Volunteering at Watchung Library

IN-PERSON volunteer opportunities vary.

Contact information for inquiries regarding in-person volunteering at Watchung Library:
Lynn Mazur | lmazur@sclibnj.org

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Click to access the Digital Application for VIRTUAL Volunteering

VIRTUAL volunteer opportunities:

  • Make A Difference – The essence of volunteering: projects that do good for others.
  • Book Reviews – Brief, quality reviews of teen books.
  • Zine – Submissions of art and literary works for publication in the SCLSNJ Teen Zine.

Contact information for inquiries regarding VIRTUAL volunteering:
Email volunteer@sclibnj.org