Virtual Teen Volunteering – Summer 2022

The 2022-2023 Virtual Teen Volunteering application is now available.

Click here to apply.

Program Dates: The school year virtual volunteer program will begin on Monday, October 3, 2022 and end on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Application deadline: None. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Opportunity: Book Reviewer

Prerequisite

All volunteer book reviewers must fill out a 22-23 School Year 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 twenty (20) reviews total for the school year program. 

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 9/12/2022

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