Teen Volunteers


Volunteers at the Finkelstein Library fall into three categories: general volunteers, Reading Buddies, and Homework Academy volunteers
General volunteers participate in a variety of activities in exchange for volunteer or community service hours.  These activities may include assisting the librarians during programs, program preparation, mending books, and participating in the Teen Advisory Board once a month.  General volunteers are especially important in the summer months when they help with the library’s Summer Reading Game. Interested general volunteers must be at least 12 years old.  They are required to fill out the volunteer application and submit it along with a letter of recommendation.
Reading Buddies is a new program that pairs children going into 1st-3rd grade with teen volunteers.  For 15 minutes, the volunteer and the child read together one-on-one.  This can go both ways: child to teen, or teen to child.  Just have fun reading! Interested Reading Buddies must be at least 12 years old.  They are also required to fill out the volunteer application and submit a letter of recommendation, but they also must include their most recent report card.  An English grade of 80 or above is necessary to be a Reading Buddy.
Homework Academy runs during school months, Monday-Thursday, 4:00-5:45pm.  Volunteers assist students in grades 1-6 with their homework.  It’s rewarding to see a student’s grades improve thanks to the Homework Academy program!
Interested Homework Academy volunteers must be in 9th grade or older.  They are required to fill out the volunteer application to submit along with a letter of recommendation and their most recent transcript.  The interested party must have an average of at least 80 in all of his/her core classes (math, science, English, and social studies).
All volunteers are required to attend an orientation before beginning volunteer work.  Orientations generally last an hour, although Reading Buddies should be prepared to stay for an hour and a half.
All volunteers are encouraged to attend meetings of the Teen Advisory Board. Dates for the TAB meetings can be found here
Interested in joining the Teen Advisory Board?  Teen patrons are a large part of our community and it is important to get the perspective of the people we are trying to serve. By becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), you can ensure that your voice will be heard and will improve teen programming and opportunities at the library.
What are the requirements?
  • Be a student in grades 7-12.
  • Have parental permission and submit a volunteer application. This application can be found online, at the Youth Services Reference Desk, or at your first TAB meeting.
  • Have a library card from Finkelstein Memorial Library or your home library.
  • Attend TAB meetings. Commit to a minimum of one hour per month to the TAB meeting. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.
 What are the duties?
  • Aid in planning teen programs through brainstorming, marketing, publicity, setting up, and other library related activities.
  • Suggest books, CDs, movies, and magazines for the Young Adult Collection.
  • Review and publicize the library's teen activities to peers.
An application is required for each volunteer.
  • Each applicant must be 12 years of age or older. 9th grade and older is required for Homework Academy.
  • Each applicant must have a valid library card from his/her home library.
  • Homework Academy volunteers must have both a copy of a current transcript and a letter of reference. Reading Buddies must have a copy of current report card or transcript and a letter of reference.  Summer Reading Game Volunteers only need a letter of reference.
  • Every volunteer must attend an orientation or an interview with Jessica Gordon.

Teen Volunteer Packet Information

Teen Volunteer Application