The Teen Department offers several volunteer opportunities for students in grades 6-12.
Reading Buddies: a reading enrichment program. Big Buddies are students in grades 6-12 who become a mentor to a younger child(Little Buddy), meeting once a week to read together and play reading-related games. Little Buddies are students in grades K-3. Buddies meet once a week during the 8-10 week session. We offer Reading Buddies during the school year during the Fall, Winter and Spring. The next session of Reading Buddies will take place starting the week of January 26, 2015. Applications to participate are available here and are due by January 16.
Shelving: the shelves in the Teen Department are all maintained by teen volunteer shelvers. If you like organizing this is a great task for you (it’s also a great way to find books you may want to read!) We try to keep a schedule with one shelver each day of the week. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and filled when there are vacancies.
Teen Tech Support: In collaboration with the Madison Senior Center and Madison Youth and Family Services we offer tech support for senior citizens with a teen volunteer. During the school year we meet the 4th Monday of the month(except there is no December session & the May session meets the Monday before Memorial Day) at the Senior Center and during the summer we meet weekly. Teen volunteer should be able to provide help on topics such as: email, smart phones, Facebook, downloading pictures and tablets & e-readers. Click here for an application.
From time to time there are other opportunities for volunteering such as helping the Friends of the Library with their annual book sale. Please be in touch with the Teen Librarian to get your name on a list of people who are interested in helping out with various projects.