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2014 Teen Volunteers

Thank you for considering us as your volunteer location! We appreciate your willingness to help make the library a strong part of the community. Your assistance is invaluable!

Winter/ Spring 2014 Volunteer Opportunities

Regular Daily Shifts:

Volunteers sign up for 1 shift maximum per week. Within each month, 2 of these shifts may be weekend shifts. Each shift is 2 hours long. Typically, 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as cleaning book covers, straightening shelves, cleaning and straightening toys, re-stocking displays, and removing outdated labels from books.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.

Shifts are as follows:

  • 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


Volunteers must be 12-18 years of age and must be attending either middle school or high school. Note: No court-required hours may be obtained through the teen volunteer program.

Signing up:

We strongly recommend that you come in to the library to sign up for your shifts. If you are unable to come in to the library to schedule your times, please leave a message at 269/329-4542 ×603 and a scheduler will return your call.

Winter/Spring 2014 Schedule for Shift Sign-Up

The next month’s shifts will be available 2 weeks prior to the start of the month. See the dates for 2014 below.

*January 13: Sign up for February Shifts

*February 10: Sign up for March Shifts

*March 10: Sign up for April Shifts

*No shifts available for May. Summer Volunteer Info Meeting is May 15 from 7pm-8pm.

Looking For More? Teen Advisory Group

Teen Advisory Group is a team of dedicated teen volunteers who plan youth events, help with book selection and displays, and support the library in other more involved ways than the regular weekly shift volunteers. The monthly meetings are used to plan events and projects, and to train teens for different long-term tasks. Our meeting schedule is below.

Thursday, January 9, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday,February 13, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday, March 13, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday, April 10, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday, May 8, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Questions? Please email us at opennebaker@portagelibrary.info or call 269/329-4542 ×603.


We do not continue our regular volunteers shifts during the summer. Instead, teens ages 13-18 have the option of volunteering to assist with our Summer Reading Program table. Every summer, the Portage District Library hosts a Summer Reading Program for all ages. Over 2000 people participate in this program, and a portion of the program is run in the library by area teens. Teen volunteers help people of all ages sign up and enter progress via an online form, hand out prizes and praise, and complete other tasks such as program preparation and clerical duties.

Our Teen Summer Volunteer Information Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 pm. It is not required that you attend this meeting, but it is the first chance you would have to sign up for shifts. Call the Youth Information Desk (269)329-4542 ext. 603, for more information.

If you have any questions, please email teen volunteer coordinator Olivia Pennebaker at opennebaker@portagelibrary.info.