TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

All teen volunteer opportunities will begin in September 2022.

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What's a Teen Advisory Board?

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a monthly program that allows teens the opportunity to share their ideas, help plan library programs, and gain team-building experience, in exchange for community service hours. 

Our library currently offers two Teen Advisory Boards, including one for middle school students (grades 6-8) and one for high school students (grades 9-12).

For each meeting you attend, you will earn one hour of community service. Teens who attend the meeting will have the opportunity to earn an additional hour by completing a take-home activity. 

How often do TABs meet?

Each TAB meets once per month, unless otherwise specified. All dates and times are listed on the library's event calendar. 

Middle School TAB and High School TAB will each meet twice in September 2022 to accommodate busy back-to-school schedules. 

How do I sign up for a TAB meeting?

Registration for each TAB opens on the 1st of each month, at 3:00 pm. You can register through the library's event calendar.

Registration is recommended, though we encourage you to bring a friend. More teens = more ideas + more fun!

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What's Teen Tech?

Our Teen Tech program gives high school students the opportunity to help not-so tech-savvy adults with their persona devices, social media, library apps (including Libby and Hoopla), as well as other tech-related topics. 

Each Teen Tech event will be two hours long. Participating teens will earn two hours of community service time for each Teen Tech event they attend. 

How often do Teen Techs meet?

Teen Tech events are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, starting October 2022.

Interested teens must attend a brief training session prior to signing up for their first Teen Tech event. 

Training sessions are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:30 pm. 

How do I sign up to be a Teen Tech?

Teens can register for a training session starting September 28th, 2022, at 3:00 pm. Once registration opens, it will be available ongoing. You're welcome to register any time after this date, but please note that training sessions are only held on the first Wednesday of each month. 

After you've attended a training session, you're welcome to sign-up for any Teen Tech event(s) you want to attend.

There is a cap of 8 teens per Teen Tech event. 

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What's Teen Team?

North Haven Library's Teen Team provides local juniors and seniors the opportunity to contribute to library-wide projects, facilitate teen programs, and gain leadership experience, in exchange for community service hours. 

Teen Team volunteers will work on a library-related project of interest, or create a unique library program, in addition to helping our Teen Department with general library work. Our goal is to give teens meaningful, resume-building experiences that will benefit them now and in the future. 

Interested teens will participate in an interview with our Teen Librarian before being accepted into the program.

How much of a time commitment the Teen Team?

Accepted teens will attend a brief training session and must commit to a 2-month volunteer period with 1-2 hour shifts per week in-person at the library.

How do I apply for the Teen Team?

Applications open Thursday, September 1st, 2022, at 3:00 pm and are available here. 

Interviews will be conducted as applications are submitted. Applicants not initially chosen will be added to a waitlist and contacted when spots become available. 

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Volunteer from Anywhere!
I can volunteer from home?

Yes! Our virtual volunteer activities provide ongoing, passive opportunities for teens to help the library and earn volunteer hours from anywhere. Teens do not need to be in the library to participate in this program, however, they're absolutely welcome to use library spaces if they so choose. 

How does this work?

There will be 8 static activities available at all times, with an additional 2 activities that will change from month-to-month. With each activity they submit, teens will earn one hour of community service time. Teens may complete up to 6 activities per month, for a total of 6 hours. 

No more than two of the same activities can be completed per month. Try something new!

How do I sign up? 

Before submitting your first activity, please complete a volunteer profile so we can properly document your hours. 

If you have already completed a volunteer profile in-person at the library, no sign up is needed. Just get get started!

Once you have completed a volunteer profile, you can submit each activity through the buttons down below. 

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Submit a Book Review

Have you read any fantastic books lately? Share them with us!

Fill out this form to submit a review.

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Submit a Podcast Review

Are you an avid podcast listener? 

Tell us about your favorites!

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Propose a New Program/Event for Teens

Do you have an awesome idea for a library program? Let us know!

Fill out this form with as much detail as you can about your program idea. Don't be afraid to get creative. 

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Submit Original Photos Featuring the Library

Do you love taking pictures?

Help us create a teen poetry album!

 

Do you love one of our book displays? Capture it! Are the flowers in bloom in the Reading Garden? Show us!

Submit at least 3 photos that feature the North Haven Library in some way.

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Submit Original Poetry

Do you love taking pictures?

Help us create a teen poetry album!

Submit at least 3 photos that feature the North Haven Library in some way. Do you love one of our book displays? Capture it!

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Share a Recipe for a Food you Love to Eat/Make
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Watch a Webinar and Tell us About it
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Write a Kind Note to the
Friends of the North Haven Library
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Bonus Activity #1
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Bonus Activity #2

Did you know?

Volunteers can request letters of recommendation from our Teen Librarian.

These letters can be attached to college applications and resumes. 

Why volunteer at the library?

Exciting change is happening for teens at the North Haven Memorial Library and we'd love for you to be part of it!

As a volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to our growing Teen Department, our library, and our entire community, all while earning the volunteer hours you may need for school or a different organization. 

Questions about volunteering? 

For questions regarding our volunteer programs, or to request more information, please contact Emily Tomlin, our Teen Librarian, at etomlin@northhavenlibrary.net,

or call the library at 203.239.5803.

Download our Volunteer Brochure PDF

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES