What are the qualifications to be a library volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old
Must be reliable
Willing to work as a team
Agree to fulfill 24 service hours (that's like 3 hours a week for 2 months! So easy!)
Be flexible (not the contortionist kind of flexible, the mental kind)
Adhere to library rules
Be courteous to customers, staff and other volunteers
Reasons to Volunteer
Our Top Ten Reasons To Become A Teen Volunteer:
Volunteering at your local library is a great way to meet new people. Many moons ago, before Facebook, people used to have a lot of fun just hanging out and doing things together. You can help reinvigorate this tradition!
Volunteering can open up a whole new world of experiences. New friends also mean new experiences and gaining an understanding of other cultures, generations, and viewpoints.
Many people feel a sense of accomplishment and pride derived through helping others. The world isn't going to change itself. People have to get involved, and the library is a great place to start.
Fulfill school requirements. Honors societies, sports programs, and other clubs or organizations often require some form of volunteerism. At the library, you can get your volunteer credits by planning, organizing, and participating in events for teens. No other group can promise you that!
When the time comes to fill out those old college applications, having a section that lists volunteer activities could be what distinguishes your application from all of the others!
Where else can you get volunteer experience while dressing as a zombie?
You could be a ROLE MODEL for the younger generation. If anyone ever told you that you couldn't be a force for positivity here's your chance to prove them wrong!
Sometimes there's free chocolate.
Successfully completing a volunteer term can lead to an actual job within the library.
Volunteering is an opportunity to have lots of fun.
How to Volunteer
Volunteering is as easy as 1,2,3. . .
Be sure you have some form of picture ID. School IDs or any picture IDs (Fiesta Texas passes, etc.) will work.
Obtain the the Volunteer Application by visiting your local branch.
Fill out all the forms and turn them in to your closest branch.
Usually after about a few weeks, someone will contact you about getting started at your branch.