Teen Volunteerism 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’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program Application for Fall 2023 is open!

Bound Brook Branch In-Person Volunteering begins on October 1, 2023.

Application deadline: none; applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all opportunities are filled.

Click here to apply.

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

The volunteer application for Bridgewater Library is currently open. 

In person volunteering at the Bridgewater Library begins October 1, and ends June 1, 2024. Opportunities are available for students entering 9-12 grade.

Volunteer Opportunities at Bridgewater Library this fall are:

  • Program Assistant
  • Shelf Reading Volunteer

Training will be provided for all accepted volunteers.

Click here to apply.

Bridgewater Library will also be holding Teen Volunteer Nights every other Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning September 12th.  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 Bridgewater branch:
Beth Bouwman | ebouwman@sclibnj.org

Bridgewater Library offers STAR (Supported Teen Alternate Route Program) for volunteers with disabilities who require additional support to volunteer. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please email Jungwon DeVone at jdevone@sclibnj.org or call (908) 458-8415 x1162.

THE HILLSBOROUGH LIBRARY TEEN VOLUNTEER APPLICATION IS CLOSED.

This fall, in person volunteering at the Hillsborough Library begins October 2, and ends May 4, 2024.

Opportunities are available for students entering 7-12 grade.

Volunteer Opportunities at Hillsborough Library this fall are:

  • Program Assistant
  • Adopt-a-Shelf
  • Homework Help Center
  • Teen Volunteer Sessions

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Hillsborough branch:

Julie Ucelli | jucelli@sclibnj.org

Manville Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Fall 2023 is closed.

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins on October 1, 2023 and ends on June 1, 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

Montgomery Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Fall 2023 is open!

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins on October 1, 2023 and ends on June 1, 2024.

The Montgomery Library’s 2023-2024 School Year teen volunteer program is open to students in grades 6-12. While applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, 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 will be required to complete training and take a shelf-reading test prior to volunteering. This position requires attention to detail and an ability to work independently. Volunteers should commit to a steady schedule of a 1 hour shift per week with a maximum of 2 shifts per week. Adopt-a-Shelf will be held in seasonal sessions (Fall: Oct 2 – Dec 16; Winter: Jan 8 – Mar 16; Spring: Mar 25 – June 1.) Space is limited to 26 volunteers per session.

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. The desired volunteer qualities for each task varies but overall this position requires volunteers to follow instructions from staff and execute tasks as directed. Dates/times vary and opportunities may occur approximately 3-10 times per month. Volunteers register for opportunities and are scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Click here to apply.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Montgomery branch:

Diane Valentine | montgomery@sclibnj.org

North Plainfield Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Fall 2023 is open!

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins on October 1, 2023 and ends on June 1, 2024.

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

Volunteer opportunities at North Plainfield are:

  • Program Prep
    • Assists in prepping supplies for programs which can include using a diecut machine, sorting and counting out supplies, and creating examples of crafts.
  • Program Assistant
    • Assists with setup, break down, and in-program support.
  • 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 Fall 2023 is open!

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins on October 1, 2023 and ends on June 1, 2024.

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

Click here to apply.

Contact information for inquiries regarding the teen volunteer program at Peapack and Gladstone branch:
Amanda D’Amato | adamato@sclibnj.org

Somerville Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Fall 2023 is open!

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins on October 1, 2023 and ends on June 1, 2024.

To be a volunteer, you must be in 9th to 12th grade during the 2023-24 School Year.

Opportunities at Somerville Library are:

  • General Volunteers:
    • Help with general tasks for the library such as decorating, craft preparation, and program assistance.
    • Date and time TBD, one hour per week.
  • Adopt-A-Shelf:
    • Organize and clean a shelf in the library.
    • Up to 4 hours per week.

Click here to apply

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Somerville branch:
Mary Cole | mcole@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 Fall 2023 is now open!

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins on October 1, 2023 and ends on June 1, 2024.

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

Opportunities at Warren Library are:

  • Adopt-a-Shelf (Grades 6-12)
    • Read call numbers on books to make sure they are in the correct order. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is detail-oriented. Volunteers will come in one hour, once a week to straighten the shelf or area that has been assigned to them.
  • Book Club Leader (Grades 9-12)
    • Read an assigned book and lead a book club for middle schoolers.
  • Chess Master (Grades 6-12)
    • Lead chess programs and tournaments. You will need to be familiar with the game of chess in order to qualify for this position.
  • Dungeon Master (Grades 6-12)
    • Help lead a game of Dungeons & Dragons by being a Dungeon Master. You will need to be familiar with Dungeons & Dragons in order to qualify for this position.
  • Program Helper (Grades 6-12)
    • Help the librarian set up and clean up for programs, as well as help the librarian and participants with activities throughout the program.
  • Teen Leadership Committee (Grades 7-12)
    • Learn how to plan, organize, and present a children’s program. Be willing to commit to this opportunity once a month from September – March because the program you create will be held in early March/April.
  • Volunteer Night (Grades 6-12)
    • Work with the librarian to prep for upcoming activities at the library.

Fall Session runs from September 4, 2023 – December 8, 2023.

  • Application Deadline for the Fall Session is October 1, 2023

Spring Session runs from January 8, 2024 – May 17, 2024.

  • Application Deadline for the Spring Session is February 1, 2024

Click here to apply.

Contact information for inquiries regarding volunteering at Warren Township branch:
Hannah Bauer | hbauer@sclibnj.org

Watchung Library’s In-Person Teen Volunteer Program for Fall 2023 is now open!

The In-Person Teen Volunteer Program begins on October 1, 2023 and ends on June 1, 2024.

To be a volunteer, you must be in 9th to 12th grade during the 2023-24 School Year.

Opportunities at Watchung Library this school year are:

  • General Volunteering
    • Teen volunteers will shelf read call numbers on items in the collection and organize them in the correct order. Teen volunteers will be assigned behind the scenes tasks (i.e. disinfecting toys) on an as needed basis. Special volunteer assignments will be emailed to all volunteers.
  • Teen Volunteer Volunteer Nights (Grades 6-12)
    • Tuesdays, September 19, October 17, November 28, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 19, April 16, May 14 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Click here to apply.

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

Have additional questions? Email volunteer@sclibnj.org.