Teen Volunteering at SCLSNJ

Explore volunteer programs at your local branch; in-person opportunities vary by location. Learn more about and apply for virtual opportunities here: https://sclsnj.org/about/volunteer/virtual-teen-volunteering/

Bound Brook branch is not currently open. 

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Bound Brook branch:
Laura Curry | lcurry@sclibnj.org

The Bridgewater Library Teen Summer Volunteer program has reached max capacity and we are no longer accepting applications. 

Alternative Volunteer Opportunities for Teens at the Bridgewater Library:

Bridgewater also holds Teen Volunteer Night every other Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 beginning July 2. Attendees only need to register via the calendar and do not need to fill out a volunteer application. This opportunity is open for students entering grades 7-12.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Bridgewater branch:
Beth Bouwman | ebouwman@sclibnj.org

The Hillsborough Library’s 2024 summer volunteer program has reached max capacity and we are no longer accepting applications.

This summer, in person volunteering at the Hillsborough Library runs June 24 until August 17.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Hillsborough branch:

Julie Ucelli | jucelli@sclibnj.org

Manville Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Summer 2024. The Teen Volunteer Program is at capacity for summer 2024. 

To be a volunteer, you must be in 6th to 12th grade.

Manville Library Volunteers will work as General Volunteers.

  • General Volunteering
    • Volunteers can expect a variety of tasks like cleaning toys and furniture, preparing craft materials, assisting with programs, helping set-up displays and decorations, and more.

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

The Montgomery Library’s 2024 summer volunteer program has reached max capacity and we are no longer accepting applications.
If you would like to be added to the Montgomery Library’s teen contact list to receive updates regarding programs, future volunteer opportunities, and community/local information, please contact Youth Services Department Supervisor, Diane Valentine, at montgomery@sclibnj.org
To view volunteer opportunities at other SCLSNJ branches, visit:
https://sclsnj.org/about/volunteer/teen-volunteerism-by-branch/To apply for virtual volunteer opportunities with SCLSNJ, visit:
https://sclsnj.org/about/volunteer/virtual-teen-volunteering/

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins on June 10, 2024 and ends on August 31, 2024.

The Montgomery Library’s 2024 Summer teen volunteer program is open to students entering grades 6-12. Summer applications will close on June 1 (or sooner if capacity is reached.) Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program as space is limited and dates/times of opportunities vary.

Volunteer opportunities at Montgomery are:

Adopt-a-Shelf

Volunteers will be responsible for shelf-reading and organizing an assigned portion of the collection. Tasks could also include refreshing displays, organizing book carts, and dusting shelves. Applicants that are new to this role (or have not volunteered in this position within the past year) will be required to complete training and take a shelf-reading test prior to volunteering.

General Volunteering

Volunteers can expect a variety of tasks including but not limited to: cleaning toys, preparing craft materials, assisting with programs, completing office work, moving furniture, and setting up displays and decorations.

Summer Reading Challenge Helper

Volunteers will explain the Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) to patrons, register families for the online program, record progress for readers of all ages, and distribute prizes. Applicants will be required to complete training prior to volunteering.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Montgomery branch: Diane Valentine | montgomery@sclibnj.org

North Plainfield Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Summer 2024

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program is open year round.

To be a volunteer, you must be in 8th to 12th grade during the 2024-2025 school year.

Volunteer opportunities at North Plainfield are:

  • Program Assistant
    • Assists with setup, break down, and in-program support.
  • Program Assistant: Spin the Wheel Wednesdays (Summer Only)
    • Assists with running the spin the wheel program. Only on Wednesdays.
  • Shelf Reading/ Materials Processing/ Cleaning Assistant
    • Ensures titles are in correct shelf order, belong to this branch, edging books, and dusting/cleaning shelves. Blacking out barcodes, removing covers, removing stickers, and boxing weeded materials. Wiping down toddler books, toys, and surfaces.

Click here to apply.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at North Plainfield branch:
Julia Meier | jmeier@sclibnj.org

Peapack-Gladstone Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Summer 2024 is open!

To be a volunteer, you must be in 6th to 12th grade during the 2024-2024 School Year.

  • Collection Maintenance 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 ensure shelves are tidy. In addition, they can help box weeded items or shift library materials as needed.
  • Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer – Help kids and teens sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, log their reading, and help distribute prizes.
  • Program Assistant – On an as needed basis, you will be coming in to help set up, break down, and provide in-person program support for our staff. Program support examples include: helping take pictures of the program and helping with crafting.
  • Craft Assistant – Help the library staff by cutting out various components of the monthly youth take-home craft. You will be sorting and bagging these in to-go brown bags for youth patrons to take home. Also will be helping with other craft items for programs, displays, etc.

PROGRAMS:

  • Teen Advisory Board: First Friday of the month 4-5 p.m. Teens gather together to suggest programs, new books, movies, and video games. Community service hours are awarded for attendance.
  • Teen Volunteer Drop-in: Varied evenings and Saturdays Make a difference by volunteering at the library. Volunteer tasks will vary.
  • Teen Volunteers at Community Day: Saturday, June 1, 2:30-7:30 p.m. Join the Peapack & Gladstone Library staff in connecting with the community by leading games and activities at the Library tent during the local event: Community Day. Register to attend and Library Staff will follow up with you to determine your volunteer schedule and assignment.

Click here to apply.

Contact information for inquiries regarding the teen volunteer program at Peapack and Gladstone branch:
Nicole Pascoe | npascoe@sclibnj.org

Somerville Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Summer 2024 is full. 

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins June 1 and ends August 1, 2024.

To be a volunteer, you must be entering grades 6th to 12th during the 2024-25 School Year.

Opportunities at Somerville Library are:

General Volunteering: you must be entering grades 9-12

  • Volunteers can expect a variety of tasks like cleaning toys and furniture, preparing craft materials, assisting with programs, helping set up displays and decorations, Summer Reading activities and more. The desired volunteer qualities for each task vary but overall this position requires volunteers to follow instructions from staff and execute tasks as directed. Dates/times vary.

Adopt-a-Shelf: you must be entering grades 9-12

  • Volunteers will be responsible for shelf-reading and organizing an assigned portion of the collection. Tasks could also include refreshing displays, organizing book carts, and dusting shelves. Applicants who are new to this role will be required to complete training and take a shelf-reading test before volunteering. This position requires attention to detail and an ability to work independently. Dates/times vary.

Reading Buddies: you must be entering grades 6-12

  • This is a weekly program where you will be paired with a child in grades K-5, who will read to you and you to them, to increase their love of reading. monthly program beginning in April.

Somerville Library will also be holding Teen Leadership Committee meetings on the 1st and 4th Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m. beginning May 2. For students entering 7th – 12th grade, this program does not require an application. Find more information at https://sclsnj.libnet.info/events

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Somerville branch:
Mabelle Riquelme | mriquelme@sclibnj.org
and Somerville@sclibnj.org

*You should address your email to both email addresses for the most timely reply.

Warren Township Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Summer 2024 :

To be a volunteer, you must be in 6th to 12th grade during the 2023-24 School Year.

Application Deadline for the Summer Session closed on June 14, 2024.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Warren Township branch:

Hannah Bauer | hbauer@sclibnj.org

Watchung Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Summer 2024

To be a volunteer, you must be in 9th to 12th grade during the 2024-25 school year.

Opportunities at Watchung Library (Valley Furniture, 20 Stirling Road) this summer are:

  • Behind the Scenes Volunteer (10 shifts) Tuesdays, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (1 volunteer per shift)
  • Program Volunteer Opportunities (22 shifts)
    • STEAM – Airplane Glider, Tuesday, June 18, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (2 volunteers)
    • STEAM – Ice Cream Making, Tuesday, July 23, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (2 volunteers)
    • STEAM – Pizza Pie Fraction Party, Tuesday, August 20, 4:00 -5:30 pm (2 volunteers)
    • Paint and Snack – Galaxy Sky, Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm (2 volunteers)
    • Paint and Snack – Flowers, Tuesday, August 6, 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm (2 volunteers)
    • Nintendo Switch for Teens, Thursday, August 1, 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm (1 volunteer, MUST know how to operate a Nintendo Switch)
    • Nintendo Switch for Tweens, Thursday, August 15, 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm (1 volunteer, MUST know how to operate a Nintendo Switch)
Please note: Behind the Scenes and Program Volunteer Opportunities are only for volunteers who submit an application. Registration links will be emailed out to applicants. Registration is required.

Click here to apply (This link opens in a new tab).

Teen Volunteer Afternoon: Letters for a Cause (72 shifts) is open to students entering 6th – 12th grade in the 2024-25 school year and takes place on Thursdays, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, 4:30pm to 5:30pm (12 volunteers per program)

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

Have additional questions? Email volunteer@sclibnj.org.