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Virtual Teen Volunteering

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Virtual Teen Volunteering

 Teen Volunteering Opportunities will remain virtual for the fall.

Click on any of the opportunities below to learn more about each one. Click the orange button to apply.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (no deadline). SCLSNJ Teen volunteer opportunities are open to teens who live, work or attend school in one of our member municipalities. Click here for a list of our member municipalities.

Prerequisite
All volunteer Book Reviewers must fill out a 2020-2021 School Year Teen Volunteer Application and register for a free Beanstack account (if you do not already have one). 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 2020-2021 School Year 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 monthly basis. Good deeds may include (but are not limited to):  letter writing, mask making, care packages, outdoor cleanup, and random acts of kindness. Volunteers may choose the task of the month, alternative option 1, or alternative option 2. They must choose one of the three tasks for the month, but should not combine. The Teen Volunteer Coordinator will email the task options each month.

Schedule
Library staff will email volunteers at the beginning of the month with an assignment; volunteers have that month to complete the task. Your are not required to do every assignment every month, 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. Volunteers can submit up to four times a month.

Prerequisite
QuaranTEEN Zine Contributors must fill out a 2020-2021 School Year Teen Volunteer Application. 

Grade Requirements
Available for volunteers entering grades 6-12.

Description
QuaranTEEN Zine Contributors put their artistic abilities to work by submitting content for inclusion in the SCLSNJ’s QuaranTEEN 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, 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.

Schedule
The QuaranTEEN Zine will be updated every month, so volunteers must submit to the timesheet by 11:59 p.m. of the last day of the month in order to get credit for that month.

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 four pieces per month. 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 for School Year Teen Volunteering Application

If you have any questions, fill out this form (this is NOT the application) and a Teen Volunteer Coordinator will email you back.

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