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TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Are you interested in earning community service hours at the library this summer?
Here's how to volunteer with us from June - August 2023:
JOIN OUR TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)!
TAB meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 3:00pm-4:30pm.
You can earn up to 2.5 hours by participating and completing an extra take-home activity.
Interested? Check out our "Teen Advisory Boards" section down below for more info.

UPCOMING TAB MEETINGS:


~ Wednesday, June 7th: Register here.

~ Wednesday, July 5th: At this special summertime TAB meeting we'll be making kindness bookmarks to give out to the members of our community. Registration opens on Tuesday, May 30th, at 7:00pm.

~ Wednesday, August 2nd: Help us plan a Stranger Things-themed escape room! Registration opens on Tuesday, May 30th, at 7:00pm.

Open to grades 6-12. Registration for our summer TAB meetings is first-come, first-served.
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JOIN OUR SWASHBUCKLING CREW FOR THIS
YEAR'S SUMMER READING KICKOFF CARNIVAL!
This year we're kicking off Summer Reading with a HUGE pirate-themed carnival! We'll have food trucks, activities, performances, and more. Want to join the fun? Keep reading!

We need teen volunteers to help set up, run, and breakdown various activity stations during the carnival on Saturday, June 17th!


Interested teens are required to attend the volunteer training session on Saturday, June 10th from 10:30am-12:30pm. Registration for this training opens on Tuesday, May 30th, at 7:00pm.

Spots for this volunteer opportunity are first-come, first-served and open to incoming 9th-12th grade students only. To participate, teens must be able to attend the training session and commit to a 10:00am-3:00pm shift on the day of the carnival.

Questions about this volunteer opportunity? Give us a call at (203) 239-5803, or email us at teen@northhavenlibrary.net before you register.
PROVIDE TECH HELP AT THE
NORTH HAVEN SENIOR CENTER!
Put those tech skills to good use this summer! Attend a Teen Tech training session to learn how to provide tech help. Once you're trained, we'll put you in contact with the North Haven Senior Center
where you can start helping the adults in our community with their tech and personal devices.


UPCOMING TEEN TECH TRAININGS:
~ Thursday, June 29th, 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Community Room
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Saturday, July 15th, 10:30am-12:30pm in the Community Room

Registration for both trainings opens on Tuesday, May 30th, at 7:00pm.

Open to grades 9-12. Registration for each training is first-come, first-served.
HELP US MAKE RICE SOCKS FOR BABY KITTENS!
We've teamed up with The Animal Haven to bring you a fun and exciting summer volunteer opportunity.
Join us on
Friday, July 21st, from 1:00pm-4:00pm in the Community Room as we decorate and stuff rice socks to help baby kittens at the shelter. 

Registration opens on Tuesday, May 30th, at 7:00pm. 

Open to grades 6-12. Registration is first-come, first served.
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Teen Advisory Boards
What's Teen Advisory Board?

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a monthly program that gives teens the opportunity to share their ideas, help plan library programs, and gain team-building experience, in exchange for community service hours. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 3:00pm - 4:30pm in the Community Room. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome!

How do I sign up for a TAB meeting?

Register for each TAB meeting through the library's event calendar.

Next meeting: Wednesday, June 7th, at 3:00pm

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Teen Tech
What's Teen Tech?

Our Teen Tech program gives 9th-12th grade students the opportunity to help not-so tech-savvy adults with their personal devices, social media, library apps (including Libby and Hoopla), and other tech-related topics. 

Tech help events at the Library will be held periodically throughout the year, but will be offered regularly at the North Haven Senior Center starting in Summer 2023

How do I sign up to be a Teen Tech?

Sign up for a training session through the library's event calendar.

Upcoming training sessions:

- Thursday, June 29th, at 5:30pm in the Community Room

- Saturday, July 15th, at 10:30am in the Community Room

Registration for both upcoming Teen Tech trainings open on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023, at 7:00pm.

What's Teen Team?

North Haven Library's Teen Team provides sophomores, 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. 

How much of a time commitment is joining the Teen Team?

Accepted teens are required to attend a brief training session and must commit to one semester long volunteer period with 1-2 hour shifts per week, in-person, at the library. The library's volunteer semesters run from October to December (fall), February to April (spring), and June to August (summer). Teen Team does not run during the summer semester.

How do I apply for the Teen Team?

Applications are currently closed and will reopen for the fall semester on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023, at 7:00pm.

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Teen Team
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Volunteer from Anywhere!
I can volunteer from home?

Yes! Our virtual volunteer activities provide passive opportunities for 6th-12th grade teens to help the library and earn volunteer hours during the school year. You do not need to be in the library to participate in this program, however, you're absolutely welcome to use library spaces if you choose to do so. 

How does this work?

There are 8 static activities available at all times, with an additional 2 activities that change from

month-to-month. With each activity you submit, you will earn one hour of community service.

 

The rules:

  • You can complete up to 6 of the 10 activitites per month for a total of 6 hours. (Remember, you can also participate in other volunteer programs.)

  • No more than 2 of the same activities can be completed per month. We encourage you to try something new. :)

How do I sign up? 

If you haven't earned community service hours with us before, email Emily, our Teen Librarian, at etomlin@northhavenlibrary.net to schedule a brief, in-person meeting. We'd like to meet you and grab your information so we can accurately document your volunteer hours when you start earning them.

If you have already volunteered at the library and you're sure we have your info, feel free to start submitting virtual volunteer activities via the appropriate links below.

Please note that our Virtual Volunteer Program runs from September through May. Activity responses are not collected during the summer.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

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Submit a Book Review

Have you read a fantastic book lately? Share it with us!

Fill out this form to submit a book review. We'd love to hear your thoughts about the story and whether or not you'd recommend it.

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Submit a Podcast Review

Are you an avid podcast listener? 

Tell us about your favorites!

Fill out this form to submit a podcast review. Share your thoughts about a single episode or an entire show. We're always looking for new podcasts to recommend.

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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 photo 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 writing poems? 

Contribute to our teen poetry collection. 

Submit at least 2 original poems via the form below. Keep an eye out in Teen Haven for a book of teen poems. You never know when one of yours will be featured in the collection.

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Share a Recipe for a Food you Love to Eat/Make

Are you skilled in the culinary arts? Maybe you make your own bagels in your free time? 

Share a recipe that you love to make or love to eat. Be sure to give all the details necessary for a newcomer to be able to create your concoction.

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Watch a Webinar
and Tell us About it

Have you watched any insightful webinars for school or leisure? 

Do you love listening to or

watching a new TedTalk? 

Watch a webinar of your choice (or pick one from the websites on the submission form) and tell us what

you learned and how you

felt while watching it.

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Write a Kind Note to the
Friends of the North Haven Library

The Friends of the North Haven Library is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to library services, fundraising, and fostering the relationship between our library and the community.

Did you know that a lot of the Library's programs and events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library? Take a second to thank them for all of their hard work and sponsorship.

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Here are just a few things The Friends have provided us. Feel free to reference any of these in your thank you note. 

  • Teen Summer Reading 2022 Gift Card Prizes

  • Museum Passes

  • Picnic & Performance Concert Series

  • The bookstore in the Lobby

  • The TVs in the Lobby and Children's Room

  • The new projector in the Community Room

  • and MUCH more. 

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Bonus Activity #1
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th. Help us curate a list of young adult books by Latinx authors that feature Latinx characters. 

Browse our catalog at nh.catalog.lionlibraries.org 

or research booklists available on the web.

Submit 3 titles with Latinx representation

and give us a brief synopsis of each. 

The books you submit will be featured throughout the year to help us boost Latinx representation within our community.

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Bonus Activity #2
Instagram Content Proposal

Did you know that the Teen Department has its own Instagram account? Look us up @nhmlteen.

For this activity, share three content ideas for our Instagram page. Do you want to see a post with book recommendations for fans of Stranger Things?

Or maybe you want us to make a video talking all about our upcoming programs?

 

Let us know by submitting your ideas

through the form below.

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! While we did not offer summer volunteering in 2022, teens are encouraged to volunteer at the library during summer 2023. Check back in June 2023 for more information about our summer volunteer opportunities. 

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 October to December (fall), February to April (spring), and June 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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