Teen Volunteer Program

In the summer of 2009, the Library received several phone calls from area teenagers asking to complete community service hours at the Library. Some of the local school districts had implemented a policy that required students to obtain a set number of volunteer hours in order to graduate. At that time, we didn’t have anything to offer in way of assistance. In response to this specific community need, the idea of a “teen volunteer program” was conceived.

Any area student, from any local school, between the ages of 12 and 18 is eligible to participate. Volunteer sessions are approximately one to two hours in length. As of this writing, the Library’s summer reading program is the source for obtaining these hours. Depending on fall and winter children’s programs, it may be possible to add additional opportunities in the future.

Volunteer responsibilities may include helping the children’s librarian with craft stations, handing out coloring sheets, registering children and misc. duties as assigned. The capabilities of each volunteer are individually accessed and tasks are assigned accordingly. Most of our children’s programming is held at the Crossroads Branch. Therefore, this is the location of most service hours.

Each teen is closely supervised and his or her time is documented on a timesheet. The student can use this timesheet to show completion of service and receive credit for time served at the Library. In order to be considered for service, the student or parent needs to stop by one of our three area locations and pick up an application form. This two-page form asks for details such as contact information, prior volunteer history and the signature of a parent or legal guardian. It includes a section which the teen signs and agrees to the following:

To adhere to all Guernsey County Library policies and procedures
To arrive on time and check in with staff upon arrival
To call the supervisor if unable to report at the prearranged time or day
To dress appropriately
To report volunteer hours on the timesheet

You can see that in addition to fulfilling a graduation requirement, the student will learn some valuable lessons that he or she will be able to use throughout life in the modern workforce. To obtain more information about this exciting program, please contact one of our three local library branches.

Happy Reading!