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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 Summer Program VolunteersTeen Zine Team, Teen Advisory Board, Book Reviewers, and Event Help and Projects

    To apply, (1) Download an application, (2) Turn in your application at the Central Library, Children's Desk, and (3) If you do not receive an email or phone call within a week, please contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or jgov@cityofpasadena.net.  All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only. 

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

    Hastings Branch:  Accepting applicants for Summer Program Volunteers (1) Download an application, (2) Turn in your application at Hastings Branch Library, Attn: Tara Smith. For info:  (626) 744-7262 or email tarasmith@cityofpasadena.net 

    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 Summer Program Volunteers. (1) Download an application, (2) 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:  Accepting applicants for Summer Program Volunteers.  (1) Download an application, (2) 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.

     

    Ongoing Opportunities

    Summer Program Volunteers

    Sign kids up for the Summer Reading Challenge and award prizes.  Other tasks assigned as needed, such as general clerical duties, crafts, and prepping for events.

     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. FALL, WINTER, AND SPRING ONLY.

    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).

    HOMEWORK HELPERS ARE ON BREAK THIS SUMMER.

    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 Spring 2015 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.**

    June 2015 

    Fri. June 12, 2:30-4 @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Sat. June 13, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    Sat. June 13, 1-5pm @ Central. Read to the Rhythm Kick Off:  set up, clean up, help families with crafts, play "Just Dance" (on the Wii)

    Mon. June 15, 5:45-8:15pm @ Central. Game Night:  set up, clean up, play board games with others

    Tue. June 16, 3:30-5pm @ Santa Catalina Branch. Just Dance: clean up, play Just Dance (on the Wii) with others, take photos

    Wed. June 17, 4:30-6:30pm @ Central. No-sew Blankets: set up, clean up, make a no-sew blanket to donate to charity

    Mon. June 22, 2:30-5pm @ Central. KPop Dance: set up, participate, you might be asked to take a short survey about the event

    Wed. June 24, 3-6pm @ Central. Kids Art Salon: set up, clean up, help kids with artwork/crafts

    Wed. June 24, 5:30-8pm @ Central. YA Author Visit and Writing Workshop: set up, participate in writing and help with author signing lines; prefer volunteers who enjoy writing or are fans of the authors

     

    July 2015 

    Wed. July 1, 3-6pm @ Central. Kids Art Salon: set up, clean up, help kids with artwork/crafts

    Wed. July 1, 7-8:30pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club:  participate in book club, take notes, read the book Bruiser by Neal Shusterman before arriving. Volunteers will earn 3 hours for reading the book and attending book club.

    Mon. July 6, 9:30-12 @ Central. Play@PPL (baby program):  clean up

    Tue. July 7, 3-5:30pm @ Santa Catalina Branch. Screening of Pitch Perfect: set up, clean up, help serve refreshments

    Wed. July 8, 5:30-8:30pm @ Central. Doctor Who Night: set up, clean up, crafts, take photos

    Thu. July 9, 3-4:30pm @ Hill Avenue Branch: Digital Photography: bring your own smart phone, tablet, or ipod touch and learn what makes a great captured moment. Please share your photos afterward.

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

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

    Sat. July 11, 2:30-5pm @ Central. YA Author Visit and Writing Workshop: set up, participate in writing and help with author signing lines; prefer volunteers who enjoy writing or are fans of the authors

    Sun. July 12, 1:30-4pm @ Central. Art of the Zine: make a zine, take photos, clean up. Recommended for all TAB, Zine Team, and anyone interested in art or design.

    Mon. July 13, 5:45-8:15pm @ Central. Game Night:  set up, clean up, play board games with others

    Wed. July 15, 2:30-5pm @ Lamanda Park Branch. Steampunk Jewelry: set up, clean up, make some jewelry, take photos and share them

    Thu. July 16, 2:30-5:30pm @ Villa Parke Branch. Beginning Knitting: set up, clean up, knit!, take photos and share them

    Sat. July 18, 4-5:30pm @ Central. Kawaii Doll Making:  clean up, take photos, make a plush doll

    Mon. July 20, 2:30-5:30pm @ Central. T-shirt Painting: set up, clean up, take photos, help print out designs, assist others, screen a t-shirt of your own

    Tue. July 21, 3:30-5pm @ Santa Catalina Branch. Kawaii Doll Making:  clean up, take photos, make a plush doll

    Wed. July 22, 10-2:30pm @ Central. Monopoly Tournament: set up, clean up, participate in the tournament

    Thu. July 23, 2:30-6pm @ Allendale Branch. Acrylic Painting: set up, clean up, paint, take photos

    Sat. July 25, 2:30-5:30pm @ Central. Sword Fighting: set up, clean up, participate, you might be asked to take a short survey about the event

    Wed. July 29, 7-8:30pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club:  participate in book club, take notes, read the book I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson before arriving. Volunteers will earn 3 hours for reading the book and attending book club.

     

    August 2015 

    Mon. Aug 3, 9:30-12 @ Central. Play@PPL (baby program):  clean up

    Fri. Aug 7, 2:30-4 @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Sat. Aug 8, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    Sat. Aug 8, 2-6pm @ Central. Harry Potter End of Summer Bash: set up, clean up, manage crowds, help with crafts, trivia, award prizes

    Mon. Aug 10, 5:45-8:15pm @ Central. Game Night:  set up, clean up, play board games with others

    Sat. Aug 22, 3-4:30pm @ Central. Pathways to Medical School: this is an educational program for those interested in medical school. Hours will be awarded to volunteers attending. No other tasks are assigned for this event.

     

     


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