The Teen Department offers several volunteer opportunities for students in grades 6-12.
Shelving Aides: 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! Shelving Aides may also help with projects around the Teen Department, including shelf reading and displays. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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 volunteers should be able to provide help on topics such as: email, smart phones, Facebook, downloading pictures and tablets & e-readers.Teens interested in volunteering should fill out the Teen Tech Support Application
Reading Buddies: Reading Buddies is a program that allows young children to develop their literacy skills by reading and playing games with a teen volunteer. Teen volunteers meet weekly with their Little Buddy for 45 minute to 1 hour sessions. During that time, the pair may read children’s books, color, play literacy games, and more. Teen volunteers should be available for a weekly commitment and have an interest in working with children. The winter Reading Buddies session ends April 1, 2016. The spring session begins on May 1st, however applications are due by April 22. Teens interested in the program should fill out the Big Buddy Application.
Junior E-Navigators: The Junior E-Navigators is a group of teens that are interested in helping the library with technology projects. In addition to working with Teen Tech Support, the Junior E-Navigators is currently working on building a mobile makerspace. If you are a teen that is interested in computers, robotics, coding, and other forms of maker technology, then this is the group for you! No applications are required, however you can register on our calendar.
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, Jessa Franco, to get your name on a list of people who are interested in helping out with various projects.