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

The Teen Summer Volunteer program (TSV) is a seasonal program at the Princeton Public Library for students entering 8th through 12th grade in the fall. It is coordinated with our annual summer reading programs. Our volunteers are library ambassadors that help us connect with teens in the community as well as support summer reading. Our variety of volunteering activities promote teen literacy and the library’s mission to engage, inspire, educate and unite everyone in our diverse community. TSV runs from June 15 to August 31, 2022.

What are the requirements to participate?
  1. Be a rising 8-12th grader.
  2. Have an active Princeton Public Library card in your own name.
  3. Apply and be accepted.
  4. Volunteer!
  5. Sign up for and complete Teen Summer Reading: Read for 20 days over the summer and log it.
How do I earn volunteer hours?
There are several ways you can earn volunteer hours this summer. We’ll provide a list of signups that each teen can select on their own, based on their availability. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee a minimum number of volunteer hours. Types of opportunities include:

  • Teen Literacy Influencer: You can earn volunteer hours for digitally reviewing books and creating digital content that promotes books and reading for the library’s teen Instagram and TikTok.
  • Maker Workshops: Work in small groups to make take-home craft projects, design interactive bulletin boards, and participate in weekly discussion groups.
  • Event Camps: In these multi-day event camps, team members will work with a small group of peers to plan and execute a fun, large-scale library program for children, with the support of library staff. You’ll volunteer 10 hours over the course of four consecutive days. Assignments to the camps will be according to availability and preference. Should interest exceed capacity, participants in the camps will be selected by random lottery. We cannot guarantee a spot.
    • Camp 1: July 5-8, 1:30-4 pm
    • Camp 2: July 25-28, 1:30-4 pm
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?
Our Teen Volunteers lead by example and are required to participate in and complete the Teen Summer Reading Program. Participants must complete Teen Summer Reading by August 15 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?
To participate in TSV, you must first complete the application by June 10. You’ll need your library card number on hand. You’ll also need at least one reference. Applicants will hear back June 17 regarding acceptance into the program.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Thanks for your interest in TSV. Applications for 2022 TSV are closed. Information about 2023 TSV will be posted in Spring 2023.


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.

TAB runs from September to May, and members are selected in the spring for the next school year.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Thanks for your interest in TAB. Applications for the 2022-2023 board are closed. Information about 2023-2024 TAB will be posted in Spring 2023.