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    The Library accepts volunteers in grades 7-12.

    The following applies to teen volunteers at the Central Library only.  If you are interested in volunteering at a branch library please contact the branch directly (branch locations and hours).

    Get started:  Volunteering at the Central Library

    1. Decide which opportunities you would like to participate in (see list below)

    2. Download an application 

    3. Fill out the application (both pages) and have a parent/guardian sign it

    4. Turn in your application at the Central Library, Children's Desk

    5. Contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or jgov@cityofpasadena.net to schedule your shifts. Please have your calendar ready.

    6. Once your application is received, you will be added to the volunteer distribution list.

    Please contact Jane Gov, Youth Services Librarian at (626) 744-4246, jgov@cityofpasadena.net for more information about teen volunteer opportunities at the Central Library.

    Groups, please contact Jane Gov.

    All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only. 


    Ongoing Opportunities

    Teen Advisory Board

    Looking to be more involved in your community? Apply to be on the Teen Advisory Board! TAB members are expected to help plan and assist with special programs, recommend books to purchase, assist in promotions, book reviews, and lots, lots more. Make your opinions count! This is perfect for those seeking to gain leadership and work experience. TAB team will assist with preparations for both the Teen and Children's Summer Reading Challenge--including help children with sign ups and reward prizes, attend, and help plan teen programs

    Volunteen Task Force

    These are project based opportunities. Shifts are on an as-needed basis and opportunities are notified by email only. Please sign up as a regular volunteer to be added to this distribution list.

    Library Helper

    Seeking a “regular” weekly volunteer shift? Teen volunteers will be assigned a variety of tasks such as searching for books, alphabetizing, organizing items, mending books, and crafts. Please indicate that you would like to work a regular weekly shift when you turn in your application.  For long-term volunteers only (at least 3 months).  Maximum assignment is 2 hours per week. 

    Book Reviewer

    Apply to be a Teen Book Reviewer! Earn two hours of volunteer time for each 150-200 word review you submit. If selected, your reviews will be published on our blog and website. Don’t be shy! All genres welcome. Send in your reviews today!  Review guidelines at: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2013/reviewers/ 

    Manga and Anime Reviewer

    Apply to be a Teen Manga or Anime Reviewer! Earn two hours of volunteer time for each 150-200 word review you submit. If selected, your reviews will be published on our blog and website. Send in your reviews today!

    Special Opportunities


    Saturday, April 19, 2 pm – 4 pm 

    Training session for Teen Book Festival helpers (for April 26)


    Saturday, April 19, 4:30 pm 

    Teen Advisory Board:  meeting; demo of summer programs; training; for TAB members only 


    Thursday, April 24, 5 - 8 pm  

    Roaring 20's Poetry Night: Setup, clean, up and participate; please bring a self-written poem to share 

    Description of the program:  Join us for a 20’s themed open mic @ the library.  Themed décor, accessories, and refreshments will be provided. Costumes are optional. For teens and their families.  Teens:  Bring your favorite self-written poems to share under the spotlight.  All readers will be entered in a drawing to win a prize. For more info, contact Jane Gov at 626-744-4246, jgov@cityofpasadena.net  


    Saturday, April 26, 11 - 5 pm (2 or 3 hour shifts) 

    Teen Book Festival: setup, cleanup, and help with various other tasks during the program 

    Description of the program: Meet 20 authors writing for young adult and middle grade audiences as they present a series of author panels, book signings, giveaways, and swag! This event is free, but space and giveaways are limited. All ages are welcome. Must sign up to attend


    Wednesday, April 30, 6:30-8:30 pm 

    YA Book Group:  Setup, clean, up and participate in discussion  

    Description of the program:  Join other teens and young adults to discuss Legend by Marie Lu. 


    Friday, May 9, 2:30 – 4:00 pm 

    Book Sale, Friends of the Library:  Help set-up book sale 


    Saturday, May 10, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

    Book Sale, Friends of the Library:  Help tear-down book sale 


    Saturday, May 17, 1:30-4 pm  

     Writing Workshop: Setup, clean, up and participate in writing 

    Description of the program:  Calling all budding teen writers! Join us for a creative writing workshop.  No experience necessary!  Selected stories will be published on our library blog and in our new Teen Zine. 


    Saturday, May 31, 4:30 pm 

    Teen Advisory Board:  meeting; demo of summer programs; training; for TAB members only 

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