Teen Volunteering


Volunteering can be a satisfying way to invest your time and energy and use your special skills. The library has volunteer programs for teens in grades eight through 12. If you would like to discuss other opportunities for teen engagement, please email us at teens@princetonlibrary.org.


Teen Summer Volunteer Program

Thanks for your interest in our teen summer volunteer program (TSV). TSV is a seasonal program at the Princeton Public Library for students entering grades 8 through 12 in the fall. It is coordinated with our summer reading programs. Our volunteers are library ambassadors that help us connect with teens in the community as well as promote summer reading. Virtual TSV runs from June 15 to August 15.

Requirements
  1. Be a rising 8-12th grader.
  2. Sign up for and do Teen Summer Reading:
    • Read for 20 days over the summer and log it.
    • Earn Activity Badges and Review Badges. These badges will give you volunteer hours.
  3. Complete by August 15, and we’ll send you a volunteering verification letter.
How will volunteering work this summer?
Due to Covid-19, summer volunteering will continue to be virtual. All rising 8th – 12th graders are automatically registered in our volunteer program when they sign up for our 2021 Teen Summer Reading which begins June 15.
How do I earn volunteer hours?
There are two ways you can earn volunteer hours this summer. You can start working on completing badges once you register for the summer reading program. You must log your reading as well as activities and/or reviews by August 15.

  • Activity Badges: Each badge has activities for you to complete. Each Activity Badge gives you 1 hour of volunteer time.
  • Review Badges: You can earn badges and volunteer hours for reviewing books. To earn a review badge you must read and review 2 different books. Each Review Badge gives you 1 hour of volunteer time.
Will TSV fulfill a service requirement?
As volunteer service requirements vary from organization to organization, we can not guarantee that TSV fulfills your program’s requirements. It’s important to contact your organization to make sure the hours count toward your service requirements.
How do I get my hours verified?
Participants must complete the 20 day reading challenge to be eligible to receive a letter verifying their volunteer hours. If you have additional verification forms you would like us to complete and you have completed the 20 day challenge, you may send them to teenvolunteer@princetonlibrary.org.
How can I apply?
The first step is to register for the 2021 Summer Reading program. If you are a rising 8th – 12th grader you are automatically registered in our volunteer program when you sign up for summer reading.
What types of volunteer activities can I expect?
Types of activities include:

  • Testing your knowledge of the library’s resources
  • Connecting you to the community
  • Disconnecting from technology
  • Getting creative
  • Promoting reading and learning


Teen Advisory Board

The mission of the Princeton Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is to strengthen the bridge between the teen community and the library, to encourage teen participation and to share the diverse ideas, interests and voices of teens.

TAB is an opportunity for Princeton high school students to develop valuable leadership skills while contributing to the library and the Princeton community. TAB members are active, creative, passionate advocates of the library and dedicate considerable time and energy to creating and executing projects that support the mission of the board of trustees.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Thanks for your interest in TAB. Applications for 2022-2023 TAB will open in Spring 2022.