Teen Volunteers

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Teen Volunteers Information

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General Information

The Pasadena Public Library accepts volunteers ages 13-17.

Online Teen Volunteer Application

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Central Library:

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2019. The application period will reopen on August 1, 2019.

We accept applications for general library and events help volunteers. Any additional roles or opportunities are shared sporadically via the monthly volunteer opportunities email, which teen volunteers are automatically subscribed to when we receive your application.

We accept applications for Book Reviewers, Homework Helpers, Teen Advisory Board, Teen Zine, and Innovation Lab. Spots fill up and become vacant regularly, so if there is not an open spot at the moment you apply, your application will be kept on file and when roles become available, an announcement will be posted in the monthly volunteer opportunities email.

For high school seniors looking to apply for Book Reviewers, Homework Helpers, Teen Advisory Board, Teen Zine, or Innovation Lab, you must apply before February.

To apply, (1) Turn in your application at the Central Library, Children's Desk, and (2) If you do not receive an email or phone call within two weeks, please contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Email is preferable. All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only.

Please note: It may take up to three weeks to receive a reply regarding your application.

Allendale Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

Hastings Branch:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers and general help. To apply: Turn in your application at Hastings Branch Library, Attn: Librarian. For info:  (626) 744-7262

Hill Avenue Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

Lamanda Park Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

La Pintoresca Branch:  Accepting applicants for LEGO Club, Homework Helpers and general help. To apply:  Turn in your application at La Pintoresca Branch Library, Attn:  Rosa Cesaretti.  For info: (626) 744-7268 or email rcesaretti@cityofpasadena.net

Linda Vista Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

San Rafael Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

Santa Catalina Branch: Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

Villa Parke Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

Book Reviewers

For teen volunteers who love to read and have good writing skills. Earn 2 hours for each approved review. Reviews will be credited with the reviewers’ full name and grade. They will be published in our Teen Zine and on our Teens Blog. Review guidelines and how to get started at:  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/book-reviewers/

Homework Helpers

Central, Hastings Branch, and La Pintoresca Branch are seeking after school homework helpers.

La Pintoresca Branch requirements: (1) Ages 12-17 years of age, (2) enjoys working with children, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-5 with math, language arts, and reading, (4) reliable and patient, (5) shifts are Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30 ~ schedule negotiable with volunteer supervisor.

Hastings Branch requirements:  (1) Ages 15-18, (2) commit to at least one weekly shift for twelve weeks, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-5, (4) reliable and good with kids, (5) shifts are Monday and/or Wednesday from 3:30-5:30.

Central Library requirements: (1) Ages 15-18, (2) commit to at least one weekly shift for twelve weeks, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-8, (4) very reliable and good with kids, (5) recommendation letter signed by a supervising adult (such as a teacher, coach, tutor, employer, or club advisor), (6) shifts are Tuesday-Thursday from 4-6pm

Teen Advisory Board

Looking to be more involved in your community? You might be a good fit for the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). This is perfect for those seeking to gain leadership and work experience. Meetings take place at Central Library. Please apply by submitting a volunteer application.

What does TAB do?

  • Implement change in our community and library
  • Promote library services
  • Advocate for teen and youth services

What is TAB currently up to? (updated 5/2017)

  • Sustain and implement the Teen Mental Health Initiative
  • Facilitate the monthly YA Book Club
  • Facilitate the monthly Teen Writers Meetup
  • Design the annual Murder Mystery and Summer Reading programs
  • Recommend events and programs—and whenever possible, execute ideas
  • Lead key events
  • Select books for the library
  • Contribute to the library Teens Blog and Teen Zine
  • Maintain the online reading lists and online resources
  • Advise the library staff on any teen-related issues and programs
  • Establish and design new teen-related initiatives and projects

Required:

  • At least 1 mandatory monthly meeting ~ meetings are currently on the third Monday evening of each month at 6pm, 90 minutes
  • Participation in online discussions, committee work, and pre-meeting assignments
  • Year round commitment
  • Possible additional individual project/responsibility
  • Wants to be a leader or gain skills to become a good leader
  • Cares about our library and the wellness of teens in our community
  • Excellent communication skills and highly dedicated
  • Ability to work well independently and with the rest of TAB
  • TAB Participation Rules listed at the bottom of this page

TAB members are selected and tasks assigned on the discretion of the TAB supervisor. Members invited to the official roster are based on a variety of observations–demonstrated dedication, skills, behavior, and abilities stated above.

Learn more about TAB: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/teen-advisory-board/

To review past TAB agendas:  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/tag/teen-advisory-board/

Design, write, edit, assemble the Pasadena Public Library Teen Zine. Please indicate whether you have strengths in: writing (you’ll be asked to write event recaps, compiling annotated lists, or sometimes opinion pieces), editing stories or articles, graphic design (preferably intermediate or advanced skills in MS Word or MS Publisher). I am seeking teens to write event recaps and take photos, however this can only be done if volunteers attend events at the library. I am especially seeking teens to attend teen events at our branch libraries and write about them.

  • Shifts for writing and editing are year round. This can be done independently.
  • Shifts for designing and assembling the zine are as needed, but will probably be Mon, Wed, OR Fri 4-6pm OR a Tue after 6pm or Thu after 5pm. Usually we work for about 2-3 months at a time, then take a 2-3 month break.

If interested, please indicated your usual availability during the school year and strengths/what you want to work with.

View past issues of the Teen Zine

General Library & Events Help Volunteer applicants are accepted year-round at Central Library. These volunteers participate on an as-needed basis. Volunteers can choose their own shifts and sign up with the supervising librarian. If the spot is filled, the librarian will let the volunteer know when they sign up, but this rarely happens.

Examples of what these roles look like are below.


To volunteer for any shifts, you must be signed up as a teen volunteer for Pasadena Public Library, and sign up for shifts with the supervising librarian.

**Stay tuned to your emails.  These are updated monthly.**

Event help and special projects volunteer opportunities are below. As always, you must sign up for a shift if you’re interested. And please read the descriptions carefully.

SEEKING ARTISTIC VOLUNTEERS FOR PAINTING PROJECTS

  • To paint book covers on the back of chairs
  • To create some display items for our display cases
  • Must be crafty and clean, neat painter (we’ll be using acrylics)
  • Flexible hours, but it must be generally during times I’m in the library; please send your summer availability if interested
  • Please see attached image titled “book chairs” for examples

SEEKING CRAFTY VOLUNTEERS FOR PROJECTS

  • To make flannel board pieces for kids’ storytimes
  • Must have great dexterity—like having good scissors skills
  • Flexible hours, but it must be generally during times I’m in the library; please send your summer availability if interested
  • Please see attached image titled “ghosts flannel board” for examples

 


  • Dec 1st, 9am-1pm @ Central. Minds in Motion Teen Art Show: setup, cleanup art show, and serve refreshments. In Studio on 4th. Check in with Ms. Jane.
  • Dec 3rd, 4-6pm @ Central. Special Project: inventory check, online catalog checks, pull books from shelves
  • Dec 3rd, 6-7pm @ Central. YA Book Club: read Dread Nation by Justina Ireland before attending the book club, and be prepared to discuss the book. (3 hours awarded if you read the book and participate in the discussion) In Teen Central.
  • Dec 4th, 6:30-8pm @ Central. Special Project: inventory check, online catalog checks, pull books from shelves
  • Dec 5th, 4-5:30pm @ Central. Youth Network: come give your opinions, join the discussion with other teens about youth issues in Pasadena. In Studio on 4th
  • Dec 7th, 2:30-4pm @ Central. Book Sale:  set up. In Friends book shop. If they do not need help this day, we’ll assign another project. Coffee Patio. Check in with Friends of the Library volunteers.
  • Dec 8th, 11am-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up. In Friends book shop. If they do not need help this day, we’ll assign another project. In Coffee Patio. Check in with Friends of the Library volunteers.
  • Dec 10th, 4-6pm @ Central. Special Project: inventory check, online catalog checks, pull books from shelves
  • Dec 11th, 6:30-8pm @ Central. Special Project: inventory check, online catalog checks, pull books from shelves
  • Dec 13th, 4-6pm @ Central. Special Project: inventory check, online catalog checks, pull books from shelves
  • Dec 21st, 4-6pm @ Central. Game Days: play video games or board games; interact with other teens. In Teen Central.
  • Dec 27th, 4:30-8pm @ Central. Winter Wonderland: teen winter event with crafts, movies, & pizza. In Studio on 4th

Innovation Lab Monitor

Pasadena Public Library is seeking teen and adult volunteers to help monitor equipment, troubleshoot, and assist patrons with software and hardware in our new Innovation Lab at Central Library. Innovation Lab will include 3D printers, computers, sewing machine, and other similar equipment. We will provide training, but knowledge of technology such as 3D printers or computer software is highly preferred.

  • 14+ years of age
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to provide positive customer service to a diverse population
  • Weekly commitment to at least one 2-4 hour weekly shift for a minimum of twelve weeks
  • Familiarity with 3D printers is preferred

Lab Hours : Tuesday and Thursday 4-8pm; Saturday and Monday 1-5pm

For more information, please email Jane Gov: jgov@cityofpasadena.net

LEGO® Club

La Pintoresca Branch Library is seeking volunteers to help with kids LEGO® Club.

Requirements:

  1. Ages 14 -17
  2. Must have experience with LEGOs®
  3. Enjoys working with children
  4. Schedule is flexible during summer to prepare LEGOs®
  5. Will need to be available one Monday per month

For more information, please call La Pintoresca Branch at (626) 744-7268.

Teens' Blog

  • Teen Advisory Board — August 2019

    Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 8/17/19 Present: Aminda, Carolyn, Genevieve, Julia, Liam, Taleen Focus of August meeting: recruitment, fall programs, murder mystery Assignment: N/A Handouts: flyers for: (1) Pasadena Loves YA, (2) teen craft, (3) game day, (4) draft flyer of murder mystery, and (5) TAB info from

  • The Voice in My Head — Teen Review

    Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 The Voice in My Head By Dana L. Davis Dana L. Davis’s The Voice in My Head tells the story of Indigo Phillips, a girl who’s always been known as “Violet’s twin sister”. Violet is everything she’s not: popular, pretty, and sweet-tempered. But when Violet suddenly becomes

  • Brightly Burning — Teen Review

    Review by Jasmine Sov, 13 Brightly Burning Edited by Alexa Donne Alexa Donne’s reimagined future space version of the popular classic Jane Eyre, Brightly Burning, follows the story of Stella Ainsley, a teenage orphan living in poverty and working an engineering job aboard the Stalwart. But when she relocates to the

  • Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America — Teen Review

    Review by Nina Dinan, 15 Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America Edited by Ibi Zoboi This collection of short stories examines the many dimensions of African American experiences through the eyes of multiple young protagonists. Different writers give voice to each story, and their plot lines are

  • Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living — Teen Review

    Review by Nina Dinan, 15 Always Smile: Carley Allison’s Secrets for Laughing, Loving and Living by Alice Kuipers In early 2013, Carley Allison, a Canadian figure skater and singer-songwriter, was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer in her trachea. Instead of being dismayed by the diagnosis, she chose to use her experience