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    The Pasadena Public Library accepts volunteers in grades 7-12.

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    Central Library:  Accepting applicants for Teen Zine Team, Teen Advisory Board, Book Reviewers, and Event Help and Projects

    To apply, (1) Turn in your application at the Central Library, Children's Desk, and (2) If you do not receive an email or phone call within seven working days, please contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Email is preferable. All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only. 

    Allendale Branch:  For info, contact Ruzanna Margaryan at (626) 744-7260.

    Hastings Branch:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. To apply: Turn in your application at Hastings Branch Library, Attn: Tara Smith. For info:  (626) 744-7262 or email tarasmith@cityofpasadena.net 

    Hill Avenue Branch:  Seeking volunteer to help with the Seed Library. Requirements: legible handwriting, work independently, crafts, other tasks as assigned. To apply: To apply: Turn in your application at Hill Avenue Branch Library, Attn: Jean Penn. For info:  (626) 744-7264.

    Lamanda Park Branch:  Limited opportunities.  Contact Cherie Johnston at (626) 744-7266

    La Pintoresca Branch:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. To apply:  Turn in your application at La Pintoresca Branch Library, Attn:  Rosa Cesaretti.  For info: (626) 744-7268 or email rcesaretti@cityofpasadena.net

    Linda Vista Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

    San Rafael Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

    Santa Catalina Branch:  Limited opportunities. To apply: Turn in your application at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, Attn:  Tanya Franchini.  For info call (626) 744-7272.

    Villa Parke Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

     

    Opportunities

    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.  Books must be shelved in our Young Adult or Junior High sections and be in stock at our libraries--unless it's an advanced review.  Review guidelines at: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/book-reviewers/ 

     Homework Helpers

    PLEASE CHECK BACK IN AUGUST.

     Central, Hastings Branch, and La Pintoresca Branch are seeking after school homework helpers. 

    La Pintoresca Branch requirements: (1) Ages 12-17 years of age, (2) enjoys working with children, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-5 with math, language arts, and reading, (4) reliable and patient, (5) shifts are Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30 ~ schedule negotiable with volunteer supervisor.

    Hastings Branch requirements:  (1) Ages 15-18, (2) commit to at least one weekly shift for twelve weeks, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-5, (4) reliable and good with kids, (5) shifts are Monday or Wednesday from 3:30-5:30.

    Central Library requirements: (1) Ages 15-18, (2) commit to at least one weekly shift for twelve weeks, (3) ability to help kids in grades K-8, (4) very reliable and good with kids, (5) recommendation letter signed by a supervising adult (such as a teacher, coach, tutor, employer, or club advisor), (6) shifts are Tuesday-Thursday from 4-6pm, January-April 2016. THIS ROLE HAS BEEN FILLED. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN THE FALL.

     

    Teen Advisory Board

    Looking to be more involved in your community? Apply to be on the Teen Advisory Board! This is perfect for those seeking to gain leadership and work experience. Meetings take place at Central Library. For more info, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net.

    What does TAB do?

    • Implement change in our community and library
    • Promote library services
    • Advocate for teen and youth services

    What is TAB currently up to? (2016)

    • Sustain and implement the Teen Mental Health Initiative
    • Facilitate the YA Book Club
    • Maintain the book displays in Teen Central
    • Design the annual Murder Mystery and Summer Reading programs
    • Recommend events and programs—and whenever possible, execute ideas
    • Lead key events
    • Select books for the library
    • Contribute to the library Teens Blog and Teen Zine
    • Maintain the online reading lists and online resources
    • Advise the library staff on any teen-related issues and programs
    • Establish and design new teen-related initiatives and projects

    Required:

    • At least 1 monthly meeting ~ meetings are currently on a Saturday afternoon at 4pm; we may be adding another meeting on a weekday in Fall 2016
    • Year round commitment
    • Additional individual project/responsibility
    • Wants to be a leader or gain skills to become a good leader
    • Cares about our library and the wellness of teens in our community
    • Excellent communication skills and highly dedicated
    • Ability to work well independently and with the rest of TAB

    Learn more about TAB: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/tag/teen-advisory-board/  

    TAB members are selected and tasks assigned on the discretion of the TAB supervisor. Members invited to the official roster are based on a variety of observations--demonstrated dedication, skills, behavior, and abilities stated above. 

    Teen Zine Team

    For those interested in writing, graphic design, collaging, mixed media art, or journalism, we're seeking teens to help create our next issue of the Teen Zine, a bi-annual publication that features writing, photos, book lists, and articles by or about teens at the library.  This team will design the layouts, select the covers, graphics, and may contribute to content.  To apply, send an email to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net and turn in an application to Central Library.  View our past issues:  http://pasadenapubliclibrary.net/teens

    Event Help

    **Stay tuned to your emails.  These are updated monthly.**

     

    June 2016 

    Wed. June 1, 4:30-6pm @ Central. Special Project - stickering, making buttons, stuffing bags, checking titles in online catalog; must be neat with stickering & cutting crafts; basic computer skills

    Thu. June 2, 5-7pm @ Central. Special Project - stickering, making buttons, stuffing bags, checking titles in online catalog; must be neat with stickering & cutting crafts; basic computer skills

    Fri. June 3, 4-5:30pm @ Central. Special Project - stickering, making buttons, stuffing bags, checking titles in online catalog; must be neat with stickering & cutting crafts; basic computer skills

    Mon. June 6, 4-6pm @ Central. Special Project - stickering, making buttons, stuffing bags, checking titles in online catalog; must be neat with stickering & cutting crafts; basic computer skills

    Tue. June 7, 6:30-8pm @ Central. Special Project - stickering, making buttons, stuffing bags, checking titles in online catalog; must be neat with stickering & cutting crafts; basic computer skills

    Wed. June 8, 4:30-6pm @ Central. Special Project - stickering, making buttons, stuffing bags, checking titles in online catalog; must be neat with stickering & cutting crafts; basic computer skills

    Thu. June 9, 5-7pm @ Central. Special Project - stickering, making buttons, stuffing bags, checking titles in online catalog; must be neat with stickering & cutting crafts; basic computer skills

    Fri. June 10, 2:30-4pm @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Sat. June 11, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    FILLED Sat. June 11, anytime between 8:30am-5pm [please inquire; shifts can be 1-4 hours] @ Central. Summer Reading registration: Sign up kids for Summer Reading & explain program; must be good with kids, computers, and a fast learner. Preference goes to former SRC volunteers or former Homework Helpers.

    Sun. June 12, 2-4pm @ Central. VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY: It’s a party for you! Description: Are you a teen volunteer for the Pasadena Public Library? If so, join us for a luncheon to celebrate your contributions to our library and community! We’ll be honoring volunteers for a job well done, giving out prizes, playing games, and eating party food. Teens, please RSVP to Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net , 626-744-4246. You may also bring a guest; please indicate guests or any food allergies in the RSVP. (TAB: please arrive 1 hour early.)

    Mon. June 13, 6-7pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club: read the Ready Player One by Ernest Cline before attending this event, participate in book club. Volunteers will earn 3 hours for reading the book and attending book club. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)

    FILLED Tue. June 14, 9am-12pm [please inquire; shifts can be 1-3 hours] @ Central. Summer Reading registration: Sign up kids for Summer Reading & explain program; must be good with kids, computers, and a fast learner. Preference goes to former SRC volunteers or former Homework Helpers.

    FILLED Sat. June 18, anytime between 8:30am-5pm [please inquire; shifts can be 1-4 hours] @ Central. Summer Reading registration: Sign up kids for Summer Reading & explain program; must be good with kids, computers, and a fast learner. Preference goes to former SRC volunteers or former Homework Helpers.

    FILLED Tue. June 21, 9am-12pm [please inquire; shifts can be 1-3 hours] @ Central. Summer Reading registration: Sign up kids for Summer Reading & explain program; must be good with kids, computers, and a fast learner. Preference goes to former SRC volunteers or former Homework Helpers.

    FILLED Sat. June 25, anytime between 8:30am-5pm [please inquire; shifts can be 1-4 hours] @ Central. Summer Reading registration: Sign up kids for Summer Reading & explain program; must be good with kids, computers, and a fast learner. Preference goes to former SRC volunteers or former Homework Helpers.

    FILLED Tue. June 28, 9am-12pm [please inquire; shifts can be 1-3 hours] @ Central. Summer Reading registration: Sign up kids for Summer Reading & explain program; must be good with kids, computers, and a fast learner. Preference goes to former SRC volunteers or former Homework Helpers.

    Thu. June 30, 6-8pm @ Central. Game Night. Setup, cleanup, greet people as they arrive, play board games; must play well with others.

     

    July 2016 

    Thu. July 7, 2:30-5pm @ Central. Robot Making with Creative Reuse: This is an art workshop. Volunteers will earn hours by attending this workshop. Description: Meet the evolution of plastic pollution… PlasTikobots! Many of us who live near the oceans or any body of water know that plastic products and debris are one of the top forms of pollution found in those areas. Design and create artsy robot lookalikes, called PlasTikobots, made from reclaimed single-use plastics.

    Fri. July 8, 2:30-4pm @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Sat. July 9, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    Mon. July 11, 6-7pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club: read the book The Leveller by Julia Durango before attending this event, participate in book club. Volunteers will earn 3 hours for reading the book and attending book club. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)

    Thu. July 14, 6-8:30pm @ Central. Ingress Virtual Reality: Take a walk with us around our city as we explore the virtual reality of Ingress. The world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake and you must choose a side. Join a faction in Ingress - a global game of mystery, intrigue and conquest. It's happening all around you. We’ll meet in Teen Central, then divide into factions and head into town for our respective conquests. Bring a smart phone if you have one (not required).

    Mon. July 18, 2-6pm @ Central. Practice ACT Testing: This is an informational/educational event. Volunteers will earn hours by attending this workshop. Description: Get ready for the official ACT® by taking a practice test proctored and scored by C2 Education. Pick up your test scores, the following week, directly from C2 Education. There you will have a one-on-one meeting and receive tips on how to raise your scores and what areas of the exam where you may need to concentrate on. Please bring pencils, calculator, and a snack.

    Wed. July 20, 3:30-7pm @ Central. T-shirt Painting: setup, cleanup, paint a t-shirt

    Sat. July 23, 2-6pm @ Central. Practice SAT Testing: This is an informational/educational event. Volunteers will earn hours by attending this workshop. Description: March 5th was the debut of the redesigned SAT®. Come take a practice test and see how it compared to the old SAT. Get an early start by taking a practice test proctored and scored by C2 Education. Afterward you can pick up your test scores directly from C2 Education. You will have a one-on-one meeting and receive tips on how to raise your scores and areas of the exam where you need to focus. Please bring pencils, calculator, and a snack. Test is approximately 4 hours. For 10th graders and younger.

    Sun. July 24, 1:30-4:30pm @ Central. Welcome to Night Vale Party: Setup, cleanup, & the rest is participating in the event. Description: Get dressed up! Join us for a Night Vale party. WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. We’ll be listening to 2-3 episodes while we lunch.

    Thu. July 28, 6-8:30pm @ Central. Laser Tag in the Library: setup, cleanup + laser tag. Let’s play laser tag in the library! All equipment provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.


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

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