Teen Volunteers

Reading Buddies         |        Adopt a Shelf       |         Program Assistants

Contact Youth Services Librarian, Latricia Markle, at latricia.markle@tenafly.bccls.org or 201-568-8680 for more information on any of our teen volunteer opportunities.

 

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?:

  • Tweens and teens in 6th grade and up are welcome to volunteer.

  • If it's summer, you can volunteer if you will be entering 6th grade in the fall.

  • Even if you have previously been a volunter for this program, you MUST sign up to attend a Reading Buddy orientation.​

WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO:

  • Volunteers read one-on-one with a child ages 5 and up for 20-minute sessions. 

  • Library staff will help you and your buddy select appropriate reading material. 

  • Depending on the child, volunteers may read a story out loud while the child follows along or volunteers may listen to the child read and help her sound out words. 

TIME COMMITMENT:

  • This program mainly runs during the summer months.

  • Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 time slots.

  • You are welcome to volunteer for as many time slots as you wish.

Reading Buddies

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?:

  • Tweens and teens in 6th grade and up are welcome to volunteer.

  • If it's summer, you can volunteer if you will be entering 6th grade in the fall.

  • If you have never volunteered for this program before, you MUST sign up to attend an Adopt a Shelf Volunteer orientation.​

WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO:

  • Volunteers select a section of shelves located in the Children's Room, to keep in order (this is called Shelf Reading). Some sections require a bigger time commitment to keep in order than others.  Library staff will help you pick a section that fits within the amount of time you are willing to commit.

  • Cleaning supplies will be provided for you to lightly dust the section of shelves you have adopted.

TIME COMMITMENT:

  • This program runs year round.

  • New Volunteers cannot begin until they attend an orientation session which is held 2 to 3 times per year.

  • Volunteers are asked to come in at least once per month (any time that fits within their schedule).

  • Volunteers are welcome to visit as many times as is necessary to keep their shelf in order.

Adopt a Shelf

 
 

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?:

  • Tweens and teens in 6th grade and up are welcome to volunteer.

  • If it's summer, you can volunteer if you will be entering 6th grade in the fall.

  • Volunteers must be willing to interact with young children and their parents in an engaged and enthusiastic way.

WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO:

  • Volunteers assist Library Staff set up, help children with activities and clean up at various times and dates through the year.

  • Volunteers may help children with creative craft projects.

  • Volunteers may help children with beginning coding or other science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.).

TIME COMMITMENT:

  • Depending on the individual program, volunteers are asked to commit to 2 to 3 hours for any given program.

  • You are welcome to volunteer for as many time slots as you wish.

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Monday: 10am - 9pm
Tuesday: 10am - 9pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
(closed Sunday June, July, August)
Location:
100 Riveredge Rd.
Tenafly, NJ  07670
201-568-8680
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