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    The Pasadena Public Library accepts volunteers in grades 7-12.

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    Central Library:  Accepting applicants for Teen Zine Team, Teen Advisory Board, Book Reviewers, and Event Help and Projects

    To apply, (1) Turn in your application at the Central Library, Children's Desk, and (2) If you do not receive an email or phone call within seven days, please contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Email is preferable. All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only. 

    Allendale Branch:  For info, contact Ruzanna Margaryan at (626) 744-7260.

    Hastings Branch:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. To apply: Turn in your application at Hastings Branch Library, Attn: Tara Smith. For info:  (626) 744-7262 or email tarasmith@cityofpasadena.net 

    Hill Avenue Branch:  Seeking volunteer to help with the Seed Library. Requirements: legible handwriting, work independently, crafts, other tasks as assigned. To apply: To apply: Turn in your application at Hill Avenue Branch Library, Attn: Jean Penn. For info:  (626) 744-7264.

    Lamanda Park Branch:  Limited opportunities.  Contact Cherie Johnston at (626) 744-7266

    La Pintoresca Branch:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. To apply:  Turn in your application at La Pintoresca Branch Library, Attn:  Rosa Cesaretti.  For info: (626) 744-7268 or email rcesaretti@cityofpasadena.net

    Linda Vista Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

    San Rafael Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

    Santa Catalina Branch:  Limited opportunities. To apply: Turn in your application at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, Attn:  Tanya Franchini.  For info call (626) 744-7272.

    Villa Parke Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

     

    Opportunities

    Book Reviewer

    Apply to be a Teen Book Reviewer! Earn two hours of volunteer time for each 150-200 word review you submit. If selected, your reviews will be published on our blog and website.  Books must be shelved in our Young Adult or Junior High sections and be in stock at our libraries--unless it's an advanced review.  Review guidelines at: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/book-reviewers/ 

     Homework Helpers

    Central, Hastings Branch, and La Pintoresca Branch are seeking after school homework helpers. 

    La Pintoresca Branch requirements: (1) Ages 12-17 years of age, (2) enjoys working with children, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-5 with math, language arts, and reading, (4) reliable and patient, (5) shifts are Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30 ~ schedule negotiable with volunteer supervisor.

    Hastings Branch requirements:  (1) Ages 15-18, (2) commit to at least one weekly shift for twelve weeks, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-5, (4) reliable and good with kids, (5) shifts are Monday or Wednesday from 3:30-5:30.

    Central Library requirements: (1) Ages 15-18, (2) commit to at least one weekly shift for twelve weeks, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-8, (4) very reliable and good with kids, (5) recommendation letter signed by a supervising adult (such as a teacher, coach, tutor, employer, or club advisor), (6) shifts are Tuesday-Thursday from 4-6pm, January-April 2016. THIS ROLE HAS BEEN FILLED.

     

    Teen Advisory Board

    Looking to be more involved in your community? Apply to be on the Teen Advisory Board! TAB members are expected to help plan and assist with special programs, recommend books to purchase, assist in promotions, book lists, and lots, lots more. Make your opinions count! This is perfect for those seeking to gain leadership and work experience. Meetings take place at Central Library. For more info, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Keep up with TAB news; read about previous meetings and agendas here.

    Requirements for members are:    

    • Teen in grades 7-12 
    • Highly dedicated 
    • Monthly meetings (mandatory) + events & additional meetings (as teens’ availability permits)  
    • Enthusiastic about the community and library  
    • Ability to work independently  
    • Ability to train other teens efficiently & accurately as needed 
    • Excellent communication skills 

    TAB members are selected and tasks assigned on the discretion of the TAB supervisor.  Each member will undergo a few trials before being invited to the official roster; trials are arbitrary, but is based on a variety of observations--demonstrated dedication, skills, behavior, and abilities stated above. 

    Teen Zine Team

    For those interested in writing, graphic design, collaging, mixed media art, or journalism, we're seeking teens to help create our next issue of the Teen Zine, a bi-annual publication that features writing, photos, book lists, and articles by or about teens at the library.  This team will design the layouts, select the covers, graphics, and may contribute to content.  To apply, send an email to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net and turn in an application to Central LibraryView our Fall 2015 issue!

    Event Help

    **Stay tuned to your emails.  These are updated monthly.**

      

    April 2016  

    Fri. Apr 8, 2:30-4pm @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Sat. Apr 9, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    Mon. Apr 11, 6-7pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club: read the book Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert before attending this event, participate in book club. Volunteers will earn 3 hours for reading the book and attending book club. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)

    Tue. Apr 12, 6:30-7:30pm @ Central. Navigating Majors and Careers: This is an informational/educational event. Volunteers will earn hours by attending this presentation.

    Sun. Apr 17, 2-4pm @ Central. Welcome to Night Vale Listening Party:  This is a participatory event, though you may be asked to contribute a comment or two about your opinions about the podcast. WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. We’ll be listening to two episodes per month while we snack. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)

    Sat. Apr 30, 1:30-5:30pm @ Central. Design is Everywhere, Art Workshop:  Help setup & clean up, but this is primary a participatory event; please do not attend if you do not have interest in product design.  Have you ever wanted to tweak something—improve your backpack, your cell phone, your water bottle? Attend this free hands-on workshop to learn about Product Design. If you look around, design is everywhere. Famous designers like Charles & Ray Eames (the "Eames chair") and Jonathan Ive (the iPhone and Macbook) have used design to change the way we live. In this workshop, you will explore problem-solving and learn how to be a "design thinker" through hands-on activities used by design consultancies. Taught by professional designer and strategist Jenn Kuca, whose clients include PepsiCo, Starbucks, LG, Bentley, Microsoft, and Keurig. The speaker and staff are from ArtCenter College of Design; scholarships to teen design classes will be discussed.

     

    May 2016  

    Fri. May 13, 2:30-4pm @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Sat. May 14, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    Sun. May 15, 1-5pm @ Central. Survival 101: Critical Skills to Land That First Job: You can either help by volunteering to set up, clean up, and check people in, or you can attend as a participant. Please indicate which. The seminar is intended for teens & young adults ages 16-24. Description: This seminar will include workshops and assistance on resume writing, interview skills, mock interviews, cover letters, job applications, social media and email etiquette. Learn the terminology and what employers are looking for. Leave the seminar feeling educated and prepared to apply and interview for that first job! Bring a draft of your resume, cover letters, or job applications you need help with. Back up your files on a flash drive or email them to yourself.

    Mon. May 16, 6-7pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club: read the book Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman before attending this event, participate in book club. Volunteers will earn 3 hours for reading the book and attending book club. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)

    Wed. May 18, 6-8pm @ Central. Open Mic Night: setup, cleanup, check in performers. Join us for an open mic night! Teens & middle grade schoolers will showcase various forms of art including poems, spoken word, rap, stomp performances, and artwork. Everyone is invited! Middle & High Schoolers: Bring your favorite self-written poems to share.

    Sun. May 22, 2-4pm @ Central. Welcome to Night Vale Listening Party:  This is a participatory event, though you may be asked to contribute a comment or two about your opinions about the podcast. WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. We’ll be listening to two episodes per month while we snack. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)

     


    For volunteer opportunities outside the Library contact the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley.

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