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Volunteer Opportunities

We are grateful to our hard-working teen volunteers, who help with everything from shelf maintenance, to bookstore help, to working with children and patrons and more. As teen volunteers, you help make our library run smoothly and fulfill our mission to the community.

If you would like to volunteer to work at the New Providence Memorial Library, we are always accepting new volunteers in grades 7-12. We give letters certifying service hours for all teens who complete volunteer duties.

Take a look at our list of Volunteer Jobs and Descriptions to see where you might like to volunteer. Then print out our Volunteer Application (requires signatures of both teen and parent/guardian) and bring it by the library to start volunteering. We look forward to seeing you here!

Teen Volunteer Jobs & Descriptions

1.  AfterWords Bookstore Volunteer (Independent, make your own hours): Categorize donations to our bookstore by age level and genre. Place new donations in appropriate shelves in the back closet. Fill holes in displays in bookstore. General upkeep.

2.  Children’s Room Cleanup (Independent, make your own hours):  Help clean up in the Children’s room and Coddington room. Wipe down tables, wash baby toys, organize games, puzzles and puppets, tidy book displays.

3.  Covering Paperbacks:  Meticulous work for very careful hands. Use rulers and guides to cut mylar adhesive to new paperback books. Trim and secure all cataloging information so books can be scanned.

4. Craft Assistance:  Cut out paper crafts, stencil designs, print copies, etc. based on needs of Children’s Librarian and staff.

5.  Girls Who Code Assistant:  Help adult teachers and 3-5th grade students in the Girls Who Code curriculum. Two Sunday afternoons per month for one hour each session.

6. Museum Docent:  Give tours of the Salt Box Museum in town. Help maintain the museum. Work with the NP Historical Society to help publicize and teach about New Providence’s history.

7. Peer Tutoring:  Offer free tutoring services based on subject areas of strength. You give  your availability and what subjects & grades you can tutor. We’ll publicize tutoring days here at the library.

8. Reading Buddies:  Read to young children and let them practice reading aloud to you. Help children through reading materials and share your favorites from when you were younger.

9. Shelf Reading (Independent, make your own hours):  30-min shifts of assigned areas in the library. You will “read” the spines on the shelves in your section to ensure all are in correct alphabetical or dewey order, moving books as needed.

10. Shelf Shifting (Independent, make your own hours):  Library shelves get too tight to fit new or returned books, and must be shifted to make room. Keep books in order, and shift books up, down and over as needed, leaving space on ends.

11. Shelving Books (Independent, make your own hours):  Sort through returned books and return them to the right shelves in the right alphabetical and dewey order in adult, YA and children’s sections.

12. Teen Teach Tech:  Offer free technical help and guidance to anyone who needs it on laptops, tablets, or smartphones. Give availability & we will publicize to patrons in need.

Print out Teen Volunteer Application HERE.

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