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

    Click here to review our locations and hours. 

    Central Library:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers, Teen Zine Team, Teen Advisory Board, Book Reviewers, and Event Help and Projects.  Please apply using procedures below.

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

    Hastings Branch:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. Please see guidelines below.

    Hill Avenue Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

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

    La Pintoresca Branch:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. Please apply using procedures below.

    Linda Vista Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

    San Rafael Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

    Santa Catalina Branch:  For info, contact Tanya Franchini at (626) 744-7272

    Villa Parke Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

     

    Get started:  at Central Library

    1. Decide which opportunities you would like to participate in (see list below). Be sure to indicate this in your inquiry and/or application.

    2. Download an application 

    3. Fill out the application (both pages) and have a parent/guardian sign it

    4. Turn in your application at the Central Library, Children's Desk

    5. Contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or jgov@cityofpasadena.net to schedule your shifts. Please have your calendar ready.

    6. Once your application is received, you will be added to the volunteer distribution list.

    Please contact Jane Gov, Youth Services Librarian at (626) 744-4246, jgov@cityofpasadena.net for more information about teen volunteer opportunities at the Central Library.

    Service Groups, please contact Jane Gov.

    All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only. 

     

     Get started:  at La Pintoresca Branch Library

    1. Download an application 

    2. Fill out the application (both pages) and have a parent/guardian sign it

    3. Contact Rosa Cesaretti at (626) 744-7268 or rcesaretti@cityofpasadena.net to inquire. Please have your calendar ready.

     

    Get started:  at Hastings Branch Library

    1. Download an application 

    2. Fill out the application (both pages) and have a parent/guardian sign it

    3. Contact Tara Smith at (626) 744-7262 or tsmith@cityofpasadena.net to inquire. Please have your calendar ready.

     

    Ongoing Opportunities

    Homework Helpers

    Central, Hastings Branch, and La Pintoresca Branch are seeking after school homework helpers.  All Homework Helpers must be 15 years old or older, commit to at least one weekly shift for 3 months, and attend mandatory orientation and training

    For Central and Hastings homework helpers, you will also need a recommendation letter; this could be a letter from another supervising adult (such as a teacher, coach, tutor, employer, or club advisor).

    Hours are:

    • Central:  Tue, Wed, Thu: 4-6
    • Hastings:  Mon, Wed: 3:30-5
    • La Pintoresca:  Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 3-5:30

    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 (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 Library.  View our Fall 2014 issue!

    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.  Please no reviews for books that are from school assigned reading. Review guidelines at: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2015/reviewers/ 

    Library Helper

    Seeking a “regular” weekly volunteer shift? Teen volunteers will be assigned a variety of tasks such as searching for books, alphabetizing, organizing items, data entry, mending books, and crafts. Please indicate that you would like to work a regular weekly shift when you turn in your application.  For long-term volunteers only (at least 3 months).  Maximum assignment is 2 hours per week.   Fall and Spring semesters only. 

    Event Help and Projects

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

     

    Feb. 2015 

    Wed. Feb 4, 6:30-8:30 @ Central. Lucha Libros (family event): We need volunteers for registration, prizes, set up, and clean up. Please indicate whether or not you speak Spanish (not required, but helpful).

    *FULL* Sat. Feb 7, 2:30-6pm @ Central. Draw in 3D:  teens will learn how to use the 3D printing pens; volunteers will be expected to help set up, clean up, and participate

    Wed. Feb 11, 4-6pm @ Central. Shrinky Dinks (kids event): help kids with shrinky dinks; clean up

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

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

    Sat. Feb 14, 4-6pm @ Central. Draw in 3D:  teens will learn how to use the 3D printing pens; volunteers will be expected to help set up, clean up, and participate

    Sat. Feb 21, 4-5:30 @ Central. Teen Advisory Board:  meeting, TAB members only 

    Sun. Feb 22, 2-4pm @ Central. Pathways to Medical School:  Learn about the application process for medical school. The speaker is a student from USC Keck Medical School.

    *FULL* Sat. Feb 28, 1:30-4:30pm @ Central. Frozen Sing Along (kids event): help set up, clean up, greet patrons, take pictures

     

    Mar. 2015 

    Wed. Mar 4, 6:30-8:30 @ Central. Lucha Libros (family event): We need volunteers for registration, prizes, set up, and clean up. Please indicate whether or not you speak Spanish (not required, but helpful).

    Tue. Mar 10, 4-6 @ Central. Youth Master Plan:  come give your opinions about teen issues/services in our community

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

    Sat. Mar 14, 9:30-11:30am @ Central. Author Salina Yoon (kids event): set up, clean up, assist with book signing lines, serving cake, crafts, and storytime

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

    *FULL* Mon. Mar 16, 3:30-6 @ Central. Stop Motion Animation:  Help set up, organize and gather supplies; help participants with stop motion animation videos on ipads

    Tue. Mar 17, 3:30-6:30 @ Central. Family Makerspace:  Help set up, clean up, supervise tables, help kids with crafts. Those familiar with Rainbow Looms, 3D Printing pens, or LittleBits would be great, but not required.

    Sat. Mar 21, 4-5:30 @ Central. Teen Advisory Board:  meeting, TAB members only 

    Thu. Mar 26, 6-7:30 @ Central. Poetry Night: Volunteers to help set up, welcome guests, and sign in teen poets.

     

    Apr. 2015 

    Wed. Apr 1, 6:30-8:30 pm @ Central. Lucha Libros (family event): We need volunteers for registration, prizes, set up, and clean up. Please indicate whether or not you speak Spanish (not required, but helpful).

    Mon. Apr 6, 6-8 pm @ Central. Game Night:  Play games. Learn a new one or help explain it to others (teens or adults).  Game selection: Pandemic, Forbidden Island, Castle Panic, Gloom card game, Yahtzee, Dominion, Risk, and more. 

    Fri. Apr 10, 2:30-4 @ Central. Book Sale: set up

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

    Mon. Apr 13, 4-6:30pm @ Central. Painted Book Boxes:  set up, clean up, organize supplies, in the meantime, volunteers can paint your own book shaped box as well

    Tue. Apr 14, 3:45-5:45 @ Day One (near Central Library). Youth Master Plan:  come give your opinions about teen issues/services in our community; sign in at Central, then we can all walk to Day One together

    Sat. Apr 18, 4-5:30 @ Central. Teen Advisory Board:  meeting, TAB members only 

     

    May 2015 

    Sat. May 2, 1:30-4:30 @ Central. Free Comic Book Day (kids event):  help kids with crafts, make buttons

    Sat. May 2, 4-5:30pm @ Central. Pathways to Medical School:  Learn about the application process for medical school. The speaker is a student from USC Keck Medical School.

    Wed. May 6, 6:30-8:30 @ Central. Lucha Libros (family event): We need volunteers for registration, prizes, set up, and clean up. Please indicate whether or not you speak Spanish (not required, but helpful).

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

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

    Mon. May 11, 4-6:30pm @ Central. Hot Knife Sculpturing:  set up, clean up, organize supplies, assist participants

    Thu. May 14, 6-7:30 @ Central. Poetry Night: Volunteers to help set up, welcome guests, and sign in teen poets.

    Sat. May 16, 4-5:30 @ Central. Teen Advisory Board:  meeting, TAB members only 

    Sat. May 23, 11am - 5pm @ Central. Pasadena Loves YA (book festival):  set up, clean up, direct traffic, greet patrons, manage book signing lines, watch panels & review; shifts can be 2 + hours; most volunteers will serve 1-2 hours on a task and then be asked to watch author panels and answer a simple survey or write a short recap

     


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