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Virtual Teen Volunteering

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Virtual Teen Volunteering2020-06-03T20:56:49-04:00

Virtual Teen Volunteering

This summer, all teen volunteering will be virtual for those entering grades 6-12. Click on the name of the opportunities below to learn more.

Prerequisite

All volunteer Book Reviewers must fill out a Summer 2020 Teen Volunteer Application and register for a free Summer Reading Challenge Beanstack account. Teen Volunteer Coordinators will rely on Beanstack to review submissions and award volunteer hours.

Grade Requirements

Available for volunteers entering grades 6-12

Description

Read an appropriately challenging book, then write a review based on the format below. Volunteers will post a completed review to Beanstack and, if they would like, the library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog). 

Review Format

Please follow these guidelines when writing a book review. Submissions should run between three and seven sentences in length. These questions should act as a guide, but volunteers do not need to answer all of them. 

  • What happens in the book? Provide a brief summary. (no spoilers, please!) | 1-2 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, goes on a quest in Middle Earth. Bilbo and a group of dwarves are on a mission to find and acquire treasure that a dragon named Smaug guards. I loved the book because it is so adventurous and Tolkein 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.

Training: Submission Tutorials

Time Earned

Volunteers will receive two hours of volunteer credit when their local library branch’s Teen Volunteer Coordinator approves their review(s) on Beanstack. Volunteers can earn an extra thirty minutes of credit if they also add their review to the OPAC. Volunteers can earn credit for up to five book reviews per week.

Prerequisite

Make a Difference Contributors must fill out a Summer 2020 Teen Volunteer Application.

Grade Requirements

Available for volunteers entering grades 6-12

Description

Make a Difference volunteers do good deeds in their communities. They earn service hours on a weekly basis. Good deeds may include (but are not limited to):  letter writing, mask making, care packages, outdoor cleanup, and random acts of kindness.  

Schedule

Library staff will email volunteers at the beginning of the week with an assignment; volunteers have that week to complete the task. Your are not required to do every assignment every week, but will only get hours for the ones you do.

Training

Training for specific assignments is available on an as-needed basis.

Time Earned

Service time earned varies by assignment. Volunteers must submit evidence of completion (e.g. a photograph, signed note, etc.) on the digital timesheet. Service time is awarded to appropriately completed submissions by local branches’ Teen Volunteer Coordinators.

Prerequisite

QuarenTEEN Zine Contributors must fill out a Summer 2020 Teen Volunteer Application. 

Grade Requirements

Available for volunteers entering grades 6-12

Description

QuarenTEEN Zine Contributors put their artistic abilities to work by submitting content for inclusion in the SCLSNJ’s QuarenTEEN 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 writing can take the form of poetry, short stories, and/or flash fiction. Fanfiction is welcome, but please abstain from sending us nonfiction, essays, or opinion pieces. Written pieces can not exceed one page.

Schedule

The Summer QuarenTEEN Zine will be updated every Friday.

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

Click Here to Apply!

If you have any questions, please fill out this form and a Teen Volunteer Coordinator will email you back.

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