Teen Volunteers

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Summer Reading volunteer opportunities are open to middle school and high school students ages 13-18. Summer volunteers must be at least 13.

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

Regular Daily Shifts:

Summer Volunteers work at the library’s Summer Reading Table. They help people sign up for Summer Reading, record their hours, and hand out prizes. This requires a lot of interaction with people of all ages. Summer Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with children, other teenagers, and adults.

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 9:00 AM-Noon, Noon-3:00 PM, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM-Noon, Noon-3:00 PM, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM-Noon, Noon-3:00 PM, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Sunday: The library is closed on Sundays during Summer Reading.

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 during the summer months, we are unable to sign volunteers up for shifts over the phone.

Summer 2016 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.

*May 17th: Sign up for June shifts begins during the 7:00 PM Information Meeting

*June 20th: Sign up for July shifts begins

*July 18th: Sign up for August shifts begins

*Summer Reading volunteer shifts end on August 17th, the final day of Summer Reading

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 ahold 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, June 14th 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

*Tuesday, July 12th 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

*Tuesday, August 9th 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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

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