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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 working 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.



    Book Reviewer

    For teen volunteers who love to read and have good writing skills. Earn 2 hours for each approved review. Reviews will be credited with the reviewers' full name and grade. They will be published in our Teen Zine and on our Teens Blog. Review guidelines and how to get started 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 and/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.


    Teen Advisory Board

    Looking to be more involved in your community? Apply to be on the Teen Advisory Board! 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.

    What does TAB do?

    • Implement change in our community and library
    • Promote library services
    • Advocate for teen and youth services

    What is TAB currently up to? (2016)

    • Sustain and implement the Teen Mental Health Initiative
    • Facilitate the YA Book Club
    • Maintain the book displays in Teen Central
    • Design the annual Murder Mystery and Summer Reading programs
    • Recommend events and programs—and whenever possible, execute ideas
    • Lead key events
    • Select books for the library
    • Contribute to the library Teens Blog and Teen Zine
    • Maintain the online reading lists and online resources
    • Advise the library staff on any teen-related issues and programs
    • Establish and design new teen-related initiatives and projects


    • At least 1 monthly meeting ~ meetings are currently on a Saturday afternoon at 4pm; we may be adding another meeting on a weekday in Fall 2016
    • Year round commitment
    • Additional individual project/responsibility
    • Wants to be a leader or gain skills to become a good leader
    • Cares about our library and the wellness of teens in our community
    • Excellent communication skills and highly dedicated
    • Ability to work well independently and with the rest of TAB

    Learn more about TAB: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/tag/teen-advisory-board/  

    TAB members are selected and tasks assigned on the discretion of the TAB supervisor. Members invited to the official roster are based on a variety of observations--demonstrated dedication, skills, behavior, and abilities stated above. 

    Teen Zine Team

    Design, write, edit, assemble the Pasadena Public Library Teen Zine. Please indicate whether you have strengths in: writing (you’ll be asked to write event recaps, compiling annotated lists, or sometimes opinion pieces), editing stories or articles, graphic design (preferably intermediate or advanced skills in MS Word or MS Publisher). I am seeking teens to write event recaps and take photos, however this can only be done if volunteers attend events at the library. I am especially seeking teens to attend teen events at our branch libraries and write about them.

     • Shifts for writing and editing are year round. This can be done independently.

     • Shifts for designing and assembling the zine are as needed, but will probably be Mon, Wed, OR Fri 4-6pm OR a Tue after 6pm or Thu after 5pm. Usually we work for about 2-3 months at a time, then take a 2-3 month break.

    If interested, please indicated your usual availability during the school year and strengths/what you want to work with. View past issues: http://pasadenapubliclibrary.net/teens

    Event Help

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


    August 2016 

    August opportunities have been emailed.

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

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