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

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

    To apply, (1) Download an application, (2) Turn in your application at the Central Library, Children's Desk, and (3) If you do not receive an email or phone call within a week, please contact Jane Gov at (626) 744-4246 or jgov@cityofpasadena.net.  All volunteer opportunities are by appointment only. 

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

    Hastings Branch:  Accepting applicants for Summer Program Volunteers (1) Download an application, (2) Turn in your application at Hastings Branch Library, Attn: Tara Smith. For info:  (626) 744-7262 or email tarasmith@cityofpasadena.net 

    Hill Avenue Branch:  Not currently accepting teen volunteers.

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

    La Pintoresca Branch:  Accepting applicants for Summer Program Volunteers. (1) Download an application, (2) 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:  Accepting applicants for Summer Program Volunteers.  (1) Download an application, (2) 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.


    Ongoing Opportunities

    Summer Program Volunteers

    Sign kids up for the Summer Reading Challenge and award prizes.  Other tasks assigned as needed, such as general clerical duties, crafts, and prepping for events.

     Homework Helpers

    Central, Hastings Branch, and La Pintoresca Branch are seeking after school homework helpers.  All Homework Helpers must be 15 years old or older, commit to at least one weekly shift for 3 months, and attend mandatory orientation and training. FALL, WINTER, AND SPRING ONLY.

    For Central and Hastings homework helpers, you will also need a recommendation letter; this could be a letter from another supervising adult (such as a teacher, coach, tutor, employer, or club advisor).


    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 lists, 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. 

    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 Fall 2014 issue!

    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.  Please no reviews for books that are from school assigned reading. Review guidelines at: http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2015/reviewers/ 

    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, data entry, 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. 

    Event Help and Projects

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


    May 2015 

    *FULL* Sat. May 2, 1:30-4:30 @ Central. Free Comic Book Day (kids event):  help kids with crafts, make buttons 

    *FULL* Wed. May 6, 6:30-8:30 @ Central. Lucha Libros (family event): We need volunteers for registration, prizes, set up, and clean up. Please indicate whether or not you speak Spanish (not required, but helpful). 

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

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

    *FULL* Mon. May 11, 4-6:30pm @ Central. Hot Knife Sculpturing:  set up, clean up, organize supplies, assist participants 

    *FULL* Thu. May 14, 6-7:30 @ Central. Poetry Night: Volunteers to help set up, welcome guests, and sign in teen poets. 

    Sat. May 16, 4-5:30 @ Central. Teen Advisory Board:  meeting, TAB members only 

    *FULL* Sat. May 23, 11am - 5pm @ Central. Pasadena Loves YA (book festival):  set up, clean up, direct traffic, greet patrons, manage book signing lines, watch panels & review; shifts can be 2 + hours; most volunteers will serve 1-2 hours on a task and then be asked to watch author panels and answer a simple survey or write a short recap 


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