Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Verona Public Library!
We understand that some students must contribute a required amount of community service hours each year. Please keep in mind that there are limited opportunities and we are not able to accommodate everyone. We encourage all students to plan ahead and start service as early as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the library’s teen volunteer program?
As part of our service to teens, Verona Public Library provides the opportunity to earn community service hours through volunteer work. Contributing volunteer work is beneficial for teens, the surrounding community, and, of course, the library itself! Teen volunteers help the library accomplish many needed tasks and engage in successful library programming.
Who is eligible to volunteer at the library?
The volunteer program is open to all students in Verona, NJ and surrounding towns who are in grades 8 to 12.
What kinds of things will I do as a teen volunteer?
You may be asked to prepare crafts and create samples for children’s programs; set up for library events, help out during the program, and clean up afterwards; pull books from the shelves from a list or by other criteria; help tidy the library space; help younger kids with reading skills; read and review books for the library’s blog and social media; and so much more!
What qualities does the library want in a teen volunteer?
Creativity! Are you handy with a pair of scissors? Are you a glue stick pro? Can you wield a staple gun? There are a lot of crafts at the library, so this is perfect if you love making stuff.
Organization! Libraries are all about organization, so this means constant upkeep of things that get out of order. So if you get a sense of satisfaction when things are neat and tidy, this won’t even seem like work!
Attention to detail! While we don’t expect perfection, we would rather a task be done carefully and slowly than a rushed job completed in a hurry.
Love of learning! We might ask you to do something you’ve never done before, which is a great way to learn new skills! We also want you to ask us if you don’t understand the task or instructions.
Tech savvy! If your cell phone never leaves your hand (except when you’re volunteering at the library!) and your tablet is your best friend, you’d be a great fit!
Love of the library! We hope that you want to help out at the library because you enjoy using the library yourself. We love sharing the library with you and we’re happy that you want to share your talents with us!
What behavior does the library expect from a teen volunteer?
Dependability. We expect you to show up on time and stay for your entire shift. If you can’t make it, we expect that you or your parent/guardian will let us know in advance.
Respect. We expect you to be respectful of library patrons, staff members, and other volunteers. Your behavior while volunteering reflects upon the library.
Focus. We expect you to keep socializing to a minimum. You will not use your cell phone, unless there is an emergency.
Neatness. We expect you to clean up after yourself and put back any items or tools you’ve used during your shift. If you don’t remember where something goes, please ask someone. Library staff should not have to clean up after you when you leave.
Communication. We expect you to tell us if you don’t understand instructions for a task, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing a certain task. Give us the chance to clarify the task, or the opportunity to give you a different task you are better suited for. Most importantly, we want you to speak up for yourself!
How do I get started volunteering at the library?
You get started volunteering at the library by filling out the application form. After submitting the application, you will be an active volunteer for the current school year.
How do I sign up for volunteer shifts?
When we receive your application, we will add your email address to the library’s teen newsletter. In that newsletter, you will receive access to the monthly volunteer signup sheet.
How do I keep track of my hours?
There is a Google Form to log your hours. You will get the link to the form in the library’s teen newsletter.
What is the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)?
The Teen Advisory Board is a group of dedicated and passionate teens in grades 8 to 12 who are excited about contributing ideas to the library. The Teen Advisory Board meets once a month on the second Tuesday at 6:00pm. (Check the library’s event calendar for specific meeting dates.) All you need to do to become a member is show up! All attendees earn 1 hour of community service.
What if I have a question you didn’t answer?
That’s what we’re here for! Please direct any questions about teen volunteering to Miss Jenna at email@example.com
Ready to become a Teen Volunteer?
If volunteering at the library sounds right for you, fill out the application by clicking the button below! You will need to have your parent or guardian present to go over your application with you and sign it. After submitting your application, you will become an active volunteer for the current school year – and it will be your responsibility to keep up with available volunteer opportunities.