Virtual Teen Volunteering – Summer 2022

The Summer 2022 Virtual Teen Volunteering application is open through June 30, 2022.

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Summer Teen Volunteering runs from June 13-August 27*, 2022.

*Updated 6/20/2022

Prerequisite

All volunteer book reviewers must fill out a 2022 Summer Teen Volunteer Application. 

Grade Requirements

Available for volunteers entering grades 6-12.

Description

Read an appropriately challenging book, then write an original review based on the format below. Book reviews must be submitted as one of the two file types: Microsoft Word (.docx) or OpenDocument Format (.odt) (both are download options in Google Docs). Please name the file you are submitting with the following naming convention: Review_Title_Author Last Name_Your First Name Last Name
(Example: Review_The Hobbit_Tolkein_JaneSmith).

Reviews should be written by the volunteer and will not earn credit if any portion of the review is plagiarized from another source. 

Review Format

Follow these guidelines when writing a book review. Submissions should run between five and nine sentences in length. These questions should act as a guide. 

  • What happens in the book? Provide a brief summary of the story. (no spoilers, please!) | 3-4 sentences
  • Did you like the book? Why or why not? What does the author do well? Where do they come up short? | 1-3 sentences
  • Would you recommend this book? Who might enjoy it? (for example: adrenaline junkies, sci-fi geeks, Harry Potter fans, etc.) | 1-2 sentences

Sample Review

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit,” or “There and Back Again,” Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives a quiet life, is asked by a wizard named Gandalf to go on a quest with 13 dwarves who want to reclaim their treasure stolen by a dragon named Smaug. As they journey, their quest is filled with many obstacles and deadly creatures. As the quest continues, Bilbo discovers a strange golden ring with special powers that may determine the fate of Middle Earth. I loved the book because it is so adventurous and Tolkien writes adventure scenes very well. For example, I never knew if Bilbo would ever escape the goblin tunnels. I would recommend “The Hobbit” for readers who like fantasy stories that have a variety of imaginary creatures like dragons, giant spiders, orcs, and more.

Time Earned

Volunteers will receive one* (1) hours of volunteer credit when their local branch’s Teen Volunteer Coordinator approves their review(s). Volunteers must submit a timesheet for each review written in order to earn service credit. Volunteers can earn credit for up to one book review per week. Volunteers may submit one (1) Book Review OR one (1) ZINE piece per week, up to ten (10) submissions total for the duration of the Summer 2022 session (June 13-August 20).

Book reviews that have any part that is plagiarized will not be accepted. If plagiarized review is submitted, volunteer will be asked to rewrite the review if they want to receive credit. In addition, they will earn one of the consequences below:

  • First submission of a book review with plagiarism: Will receive a warning.
  • Second submission of a book review with plagiarism: Suspension from being a Book Reviewer for the remaining volunteer period (example: If during school year, for the rest of the school year). Volunteer can still participate in The Gallery Zine opportunities.

* Updated 6/20/2022

Prerequisite

The Gallery Zine Contributors must fill out a 2022 Summer Teen Volunteer Application. 

Grade Requirements

Available for volunteers entering grades 6-12.

Description

The Gallery Zine Contributors put their artistic abilities to work by submitting content for inclusion in the SCLSNJ’s The Gallery Zine. A zine is a small, noncommercial publication created by self-selecting groups with shared interests. It typically contains writing and artwork. 

Contributors are welcome to work in all media to create engaging sculptures, paintings, graphics, prints, photographs, drawings, sculptures, collages, textiles, and more, but must send us a simple image file. Contributor’s writing can take the form of poetry, short stories, and/or flash fiction, but should not be longer than one page. Fanfiction is welcome, but please abstain from sending us nonfiction, essays, or opinion pieces. Written pieces can not exceed one page in 12 point font.

Schedule

Submissions for the The Gallery Zine are due weekly, but the Zine itself will be published later in 2022. Volunteers must submit to the time sheet by 11:59 p.m. the Thursday of each week in order to get credit for that week.

Training

Training is at the discretion of the library branch’s teen volunteer coordinators. 

Time Earned

Volunteers will receive one hour of volunteer credit per piece. Submissions are limited to up to one piece per week, with photograph submissions limited to once per month. Volunteers may submit one (1) Book Review OR one (1) ZINE piece per week, up to ten (10) submissions total for the duration of the Summer 2022 session (June 13-August 20).

Volunteers must submit their contributions (e.g. photograph, document etc.) on the digital time sheet. Service time is awarded to appropriately completed submissions by local branches’ Teen Volunteer Coordinators.

Please name the file you are submitting with the following naming convention: Zine_Month Day_First Name Last Name (Example: Zine_April1_JaneSmith).

If submitting a writing piece (short story, poem, etc.), it must be submitted as one of the two file types: Microsoft Word (.docx) or OpenDocument Format (.odt) (both are download options in Google Docs).

Fiction, poetry or art that have any part that is plagiarized will not be accepted. If a plagiarized zine contribution is submitted, volunteer will be asked to resubmit their art or writing if they want to receive credit. In addition, they will earn one of the consequences below:

  • First submission of a zine contribution with plagiarism: Will receive a warning.
  • Second submission of a zine contribution with plagiarism: Suspension from being a The Gallery Zine Contributor for the remaining volunteer period (example: If during school year, for the rest of the school year). Volunteer can still participate in Book Reviewer opportunities.

If you have any questions, fill out this form (this is NOT the application) and a teen volunteer coordinator will email you back.