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TEEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Upcoming Volunteer Events

May 2024

  • Summer Volunteering Registration Opens - Tuesday, May 28th, 7pm

Registration for our June, July, and August volunteer opportunities opens the Tuesday evening after Memorial Day at 7:00pm. You can register for each event through our online event calendar. Summer events tend to fill fast! We recommend registering ASAP to secure your spot.

  • Let's Decorate the Teen Department! - Thursday, May 30th, 5:15pm

Help us decorate the teen area to match our summer reading theme: Enchanted Forest. Registration required. Register here.

June 2024

  • **Summer Reading Fest** - Saturday, June 15th, 10:30am

Join the team for our 2024 Summer Reading Fest! We're looking for 50 teen volunteers (grades 9-12) to help us run activity stations, crafts, games, and more. Interested teens are required to attend a training session the week before on Saturday, June 8th, from 10:30-12:30pm. Register here.

  • Teen Tech Training - Friday, June 21st, 10:30am & Thursday, June 27th, 5:30pm

Are you an incoming 9th-12th grade student interested in earning community service hours this summer?

Use your skills to provide tech help at the North Haven Senior Center. Attend one of our two training sessions to learn the ropes and find out more information regarding this program. 

This summer's tech help events will be held from 9am-12pm at the Senior Center on the following Tuesdays:

July 9, July 23, August 6, and August 20. Attendance at a training session is required prior to providing tech help.

If you have already attended a training session and are interested in signing up for tech help, please email Emily at etomlin@northhavenlibrary.net

Register for Friday's session OR Register for Thursday's session.

July 2024

  • Summer Cleaning - Friday, July 19th, 2:30pm

Help library staff deep clean our tables, chairs, and shared spaces. We'll play music and have snacks. If the weather is nice, we'll hose tables off on the front lawn. Students entering grades 9-12 are invited to participate. Register here.

August 2024

  • Teen BYO (Bring Your Own) Book Club - Friday, August 2nd, 3:00pm

Teen readers unite! Bring a book you've read recently (or one of your favorites) to share with your peers. Talk to our Teen Librarian about your favorite genres, authors, and what else you'd like to see reflected in our teen collections. Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to participate. Volunteer hours will be awarded to those who want them. Register here.

  • Back-to-School Decorating in Teen Haven - Thursday, August 15th, 5:30pm

Let's flip the teen area and get it ready for a new school year. We'll remove our summer decorations, put up new resources, change our our displays, and more. Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to participate. Register here.

  • Freshman Year Survival Guide - Monday, August 19th, 4:00pm

Do you wish you could start high school over with the wisdom you have now? The first day of school is coming up fast, so let's help incoming freshman adjust to a new school by making a Freshman Year Survival Guide! We'll brainstorm tips for 9th graders, must-have supplies, dos and don'ts, and words of encouragement. Ideas will be put into an awesome zine. Students entering grades 10-12 are invited to participate. Register here.

*More volunteer opportunities will be added as we prep for summer.*
Visit our event calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Recurring Volunteer Programs

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Join our Teen Advisory Board (TAB)!

Do you have ideas for cool library events? Want to help us expand our teen services? TAB members work together to make change happen in our library and our community.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 3-4pm. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to participate!

Apply for our Teen Team!

Teen Team gives 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students the opportunity to contribute to library-wide projects, facilitate teen programs, and gain leadership experience.

These teens will commit to a semester-long volunteer period, completing 1-1.5 hour shifts per week at the library.

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Become a Teen Tech! *Summer only*

Are you a technology guru? Want to share your knowledge with the community? Teen Techs are high school students who work one-on-one with adults, helping them with their devices.

Tech help opportunities are offered throughout the

summer at the North Haven Senior Center. 

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Volunteer from anywhere!

Want more ways to volunteer? Our virtual volunteer opportunities can be completed at the library, from home, on the bus, or from anywhere else you chose. 

Each month you'll have the opportunity to complete a variety of activities in exchange for service hours.

Teen Volunteering FAQs

Who can participate in the library's teen volunteer programs?

To participate in our teen volunteer programs, you need to be either a resident of North Haven OR a student at a North Haven Public School. If you meet this criteria, be sure to check each program's grade requirements to see which of our programs you can participate in.

 

Can I participate in more than one volunteer program?

Absolutely! There is no limit to the number of volunteer programs you can participate in, but remember to check each program's grade requirements to see if you are eligible. 

I need to earn community service hours for school, can I do that at the library?

Of course! If you are a North Haven Public School student or resident of North Haven, you can absolutely volunteer at the library and put those hours toward your school's service requirements. 

Can I volunteer at the library over the summer? 

Yes! We have quite a few ways teens can earn volunteer hours throughout the summer.

Visit our event calendar to find upcoming volunteer events and learn how to register.

What is a volunteer semester?

A volunteer semester is what the library calls its volunteer periods. Breaking the year down into semesters helps us keep track of community service hours and which programs we offer. It also helps when scheduling our Teen Team and Teen Tech volunteers. 

The library's volunteer semesters run from September to December (fall), January to April (spring),

and May to August (summer).

Did you know?

Established 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.

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