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

    Click here to review our locations and hours. 

    Central Library:  Accepting applicants for all opportunities: Homework Helpers, Teen Zine Team, Library Helpers (limited), Teen Advisory Board, Book Reviewers, and Event Help and Projects.  Please apply using procedures below.

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

    Hastings Branch:  Accepting applicants for Homework Helpers. Please see guidelines below.

    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 Homework Helpers. Please apply using procedures below.

    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). Be sure to indicate this in your inquiry and/or application.

    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 inquire. Please have your calendar ready.

     

    Get started:  at Hastings Branch Library

    1. Download an application 

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

    3. Contact Tara Smith at (626) 744-7262 or tsmith@cityofpasadena.net to inquire. Please have your calendar ready.

     

    Ongoing Opportunities

    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

    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).

    Hours are:

    • Central:  Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 4-6
    • Hastings:  Mon, Wed: 3:30-5
    • La Pintoresca:  Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 3-5:30

    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.

    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/ 

    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. Limited opportunities at Central Library.

    Event Help and Projects

    Sep. 2014 

    Wed. Sept 10, 6:15-8:30 @ 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. Sept 12, 2:30-4 @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Sat. Sept 13, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    Sat. Sept 20, 2-3:30pm @Central. Writing Workshop: participate in creative writing and contribute to the Teens Blog.

    Thu. Sept 25, 7-8:30 @ Central. YA Book Club forThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: volunteers will earn 3 hours by reading the book and attending the discussion. Additional 2 hours for writing a review.

     

    Oct. 2014 

    Wed. Oct 1, 6:15-8:30 @ 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. Oct 10, 2:30-4 @ Central. Book Sale: set up

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

    Sun. Oct 12, 2-4pm @ Central. Book Swap: for Teen Read Week: set up, clean up, greet attendees, help with giveaways

    Fri. Oct 17, 4-5:30 @Central. YA Book Club for Maze Runner by James Dashner: volunteers will earn 3 hours by reading the book and attending the discussion. Additional 2 hours for writing a review.

    Fri. Oct 31, 5-8:30 @ Central. Halloween Murder Mystery: After-hours mystery scavenger hunt event; set up, clean up, participate. You may arrive in costume. TAB members may arrive at 4 as available.

     

    Nov. 2014 

    Wed. Nov 5, 6:15-8:30 @ 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. Nov 7, 2:30-4 @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Fri. Nov 7, 4-5:30 @Central. Writing Workshop: participate in creative writing and contribute to the Teens Blog.

    Sat. Nov 8, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    Sat. Nov 15, 11am-5pm @ Central. Old Time Fair: set up, clean up, help run table events such as crafts and exhibitions, supervise area attendees. Shifts can be 11-2 and/or 2-5. 


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