Teen Volunteers

Thank you for choosing us as your volunteer location! Please read on to find out how you can help.



Volunteers must be in 7th-12th Grade.

Note: No court-required hours may be obtained through the teen volunteer program.

Regular Daily Shifts:

Teen volunteers perform tasks such as cleaning book covers, straightening shelves, cleaning and straightening toys, re-stocking displays, and removing outdated labels from books. Other activities may include event set-up/tear-down, event assistance, or other tasks should they arise.

Volunteers may sign up for 1 shift maximum per week. Each shift is 2 hours long.

Volunteers may sign up for shifts one month at a time by stopping by the Youth Information Desk.

Shifts are at the following times:

  • Monday-Thursday 3:30-5:30, 6:30-8:30
  • Friday 3:30-5:30
  • Saturday 9:30-11:30, 2:30-4:30
  • Sunday 2:30-4:30

Signing up:

To sign up for teen volunteer shifts, please come to the library and stop by the Youth Information Desk downstairs. Due to the volume of traffic at the Youth Information Desk, we are unable to sign volunteers up for shifts over the phone.

Schedule For Shift Sign-up:

To give more people a chance to volunteer and to help make sure volunteers remember to come in for their shifts, we only allow shifts to be signed up for one month at a time.

*January 23rd: Sign up begins for February shifts

*February 20th: Sign up begins for March shifts

*March 20th: Sign up begins for April shifts

No Teen Volunteer shifts are available in May as the library prepares for Summer Reading. There will be a mandatory training session in May for teens interested in volunteering during Summer Reading. Date TBD (it will be posted here and on the library’s online event calendar.)

If You Need to Cancel a Shift

If you sign up for a shift and later realize that you are unable to make it, please call the Youth Information Desk at 269/585-8740 so that we may offer that shift to another volunteer.

If you miss shifts you have signed up for and we are unable to get a hold of you, we may give your future shifts to other volunteers to make sure we’re able to get the help we need.

Looking For More? Join Teen Advisory Group!

Do you need service hours? Do you like pizza? Do you want to help make the library great? Join the Teen Advisory Group! Talk books, plan activities, make crafts, and give the library a piece of your mind—while enjoying a delicious piece of pizza! The fall TAG meeting schedule is below:

*Tuesday, January 10th 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

*Tuesday, February 14th 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

*Tuesday, March 14th 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

*Tuesday, April 11th 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Questions? Please email opennebaker@portagelibrary.info or call 269/585-8740.

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