For teen volunteer questions, please contact Teen Services Librarian, Christany Edwards, at 714-375-5110 or [email protected].
Summer Reading Volunteers
Teens ages 13 to 17 interested in assisting the Youth Services Department with our annual Summer Reading Challenge may apply to assist with registering new participants of all ages on Beanstack, help participants collect and redeem their summer reading prizes, and answer questions about summer reading at the prize & registration tables.
To apply, please fill out the online Teen Summer Reading Volunteer Application and email it to Christany, the Teen Services Librarian. Please note the Summer Reading Staff application is separate from the year-round Teen Volunteer Application!
In-Person Volunteer Opportunities
Teen volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 may apply using this link for the following opportunities:
- Activity Aide – assist our Youth Services Department staff with the preparation, measuring, packaging, labeling, running, and/or setup/teardown of youth activities and programs. Depending on individual activity needs, this may involve working directly with kids of all ages. Hours earned are variable, on an as-needed basis.
- Makerspace Coach – the Makerspace is a creative community workspace where people can learn and experiment with art, crafts, and new media, using technology and tools from sewing machines to 3D printers and more! Join our Makerspace Coordinator and his team of adult coaches to learn the ins-and-outs of our Makerspace equipment, assist visitors with their own equipment use, and share your technical expertise with 3D printing, TinkerCAD, laser engraving, Cricut machines, and sewing. No experience necessary - just a willingness to learn! Hours earned are variable, on an as-needed basis during open Makerspace hours.
- Teen Action Group – the Teen Action Group (or TAG) is a dedicated team of teen volunteers who collectively develop projects to work on throughout the year based on their passions and interests, and provide opportunities for teens in our community to grow their skills with the help of the Huntington Beach Public Library. TAG staff are responsible for sharing their ideas on how to make the library – and the library’s online spaces – better for teens in our community, and earn service credit for attending monthly meetings to share their thoughts, making decisions in developing programs, creating surveys for their fellow teens, and taking initiative to run their own library programs with the support of the Teen Librarian. This opportunity is perfect if you are interested in gaining leadership experience, planning programs & activities for teens and/or children, and giving your energy to a community or social project that matters to you. TAG members earn service credit for attending monthly meetings and contributing their energy and ideas to the group's current projects.
- Teen Tech – provide one-on-one assistance to adult and teen library visitors in the Central Library computer lab on a variety of computer questions, including: logging in; basic computer and Internet use; e-mail; word processing; and using the printer or scanners. Applicants will be trained in basic customer service skills and general computer knowledge by our adult Computer Coaches. Hours earned are variable, on an as-needed basis during open Computer Lab hours.
- Volunteer Page – a page’s job in the library is to straighten shelves, return books to their rightful places, and assist library patrons with locating items when asked. Interested volunteers will need to pass a test of their alphabetization and Dewey Decimal knowledge in order to be considered for this opportunity.
Online Volunteer Opportunities
Teen volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 may apply using this link for the following online opportunities:
- HBPL Teens Blogger – join the staff of the HBPL Teens Blog and submit reviews on the books, games, movies, & TV shows you love, share DIY tutorials, or write articles on an element of teen life or pop culture that interests you. Bloggers earn one hour of service credit for each review or article approved for submission. To learn more about this opportunity, check out our blog's FAQ page.
If these opportunities sound interesting to you, please fill out an online volunteer application and email it to Christany, our Teen Librarian, at [email protected].
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