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

    Click here to review our locations and hours. 

    Central Library:  Weekly summer program volunteers are closed.  Accepting applicants for the following opportunities only (please check back in the Fall): Teen Advisory Board, Book Reviewers, and Event Help and Special OpporutnitiesPlease apply using procedures below.

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

    Hastings Branch:  All shifts are filled.  Please check back in the Fall for opportunities.

    Hill Avenue Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

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

    La Pintoresca Branch:  Accepts Summer volunteers and Library Helpers.  Seeking volunteers for Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please apply using procedures below or contact Rosa Cesaretti at (626) 744-7268

    Linda Vista Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

    San Rafael Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

    Santa Catalina Branch:  For info, contact Tanya Franchini at (626) 744-7272

    Villa Parke Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

     

    Get started:  at 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.

    Service Groups, please contact Jane Gov.

    All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only. 

     

     Get started:  at La Pintoresca Branch Library

    1. Download an application 

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

    3. Contact Rosa Cesaretti at (626) 744-7268 or rcesaretti@cityofpasadena.net to schedule your shifts. Please have your calendar ready.

     

    Ongoing Opportunities

    Summer Program Volunteers

    LaPintoresca Branch Library is accepting volunteers for the Summer Reading Challenge.  Teen volunteers will help children register and award prizes for the Summer Reading Challenge, maintain records, and provide basic information for all three Summer programs.  Volunteers will require initial training.

     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. Meetings take place at Central Library. For more info, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net. Keep up with TAB news; read about previous meetings and agendas here.

    Requirements for members are:    

    • Teen in grades 7-12 
    • Highly dedicated 
    • Monthly meetings (mandatory) + events (as teens’ availability permits)  
    • Enthusiastic about the community and library  
    • Ability to work independently  
    • Ability to train other teens efficiently & accurately as needed 
    • Excellent communication skills 

    TAB members are selected and tasks assigned on the discretion of the TAB supervisor.  Each member will undergo a few trials before being invited to the official roster; trials are arbitrary, but is based on a variety of observations--demonstrated dedication, skills, behavior, and abilities stated above. 

    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.   Fall and Spring semesters only.

    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/ 

     

    Event Help & Special Opportunities

     

    Wednesday, July 9, 2pm - 6 pm ~ possibly 7 @ CentralGeronimo Stilton Paws Party (children's event):  help with set up and during the event; help children with crafts and monitor activities

    Friday, July 11, 2:30 – 4:00 pm @Central.  Book Sale, Friends of the Library: Help set-up book sale

    Saturday, July 12, 9am-1:30 pm @ CentralBorn to Read (parents & babies event)setup, cleanup, registration, help monitor table stations 

    Saturday, July 12, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm @Central.  Book Sale, Friends of the Library: Help tear-down book sale

    Saturday, July 12, 2-3:30pm @Central.  Writing Workshop: participate in writing and contributing to the Teens Blog. For more info, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Wednesday, July 16, 7-8:30pm @Central.  Claws to Read -- Seraphina: book club discussion of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Volunteers are expected to read the book and attend the discussion. 3 hours will be awarded for reading and attending the discussion; 2 additional hours for writing a review (see review guidelines above). For more info, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Wednesday, July 30, 10am - 2pm @Central. Monopoly Tournament: help set up, clean up, and keep score, but MOSTLY participate in the tournament. For more info, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Thursday, July 31, 7-8:30pm @Central.   Claws to Read -- Everlost: book club discussion of Everlost by Neal Shusterman. Volunteers are expected to read the book and attend the discussion. 3 hours will be awarded for reading and attending the discussion; 2 additional hours for writing a review (see review guidelines above). For more info, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Sunday, August 3, 1-5pm @Central. Doctor Who End of Summer Bash: help set up, clean up, and participate in event. Come dressed up if you can. For more info, contact Jane Gov at jgov@cityofpasadena.net

    Friday, August 8, 2:30 – 4:00 pm @Central.  Book Sale, Friends of the Library: Help set-up book sale

    Saturday, August 9, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm @Central.  Book Sale, Friends of the Library: Help tear-down book sale


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