TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
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.
The North Haven Memorial Library offers two Teen Advisory Boards:
Middle School TAB - open to grades 6th-8th
High School TAB - open to grades 9th-12th
Each TAB meets once per month. Check our event calendar for dates and times.
How do I sign up for a TAB meeting?
You can register for a TAB meeting through the library's event calendar.
Registration is preferred, though drop-ins are welcome and we encourage you to bring a friend.
More teens = more ideas + more fun!
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.
Interested teens are required to attend a brief training session before they can provide tech help. Training sessions are held on the first Wednesday of each month, starting in October.
How do I sign up to be a Teen Tech?
You can sign up for a training session through the library's event calendar. After you attend your training, contact Emily, our Teen Librarian, to sign up for tech help.
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 a 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).
How do I apply for the Teen Team?
Applications are now open. Apply here.
Interviews will be conducted as applications are submitted. Applicants not initially chosen will be added to a waitlist and contacted if spots become available.
Volunteer from Anywhere!
I can volunteer from home?
Yes! Our virtual volunteer activities provide ongoing, passive opportunities for 6th-12th grade teens to help the library and earn volunteer hours. 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.
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, contact Emily, our Teen Librarian, 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.
VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com,
or call the library at 203.239.5803.