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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 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

    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 Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm.

     

    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 Spring 2015 issue!

    Event Help

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

     

    August 2015 

    Sat. Aug 22, 3-4:30pm @ Central. Pathways to Medical School: this is an educational program for those interested in medical school. Hours will be awarded to volunteers attending. No other tasks are assigned for this event.

     

    September 2015 

    Sat. Sept 5, 2-4 @ Central. Digital Photography: watch the workshop and take photos; we needs some photos for the zine; bring your own smart phone or tablet if you have one, if not, let me know

    Fri. Sept 11, 2:30-4 @ Central. Book Sale: set up

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

    Mon, Sept 14, 4-6pm @ Central. Game Maker:  help watch over the laptops, create computer games, provide feedback; this is a series- if you cannot make it to all three workshops, let me know

    Mon. Sept 21, 4-6pm @ Central. Game Maker:  help watch over the laptops, create computer games, provide feedback; this is a series- if you cannot make it to all three workshops, let me know

    Tue. Sept 22, 6:30-7:30 @ Central. College Essays: this is purely an informational opportunity. Attend to learn about crafting a good college essay.

    Wed. Sept 23, 3:30-6 @ Central. Kids Art Salon: set up, clean up, help kids with art

    Mon. Sept 28, 4-6pm @ Central. Game Maker:  help watch over the laptops, create computer games, provide feedback; this is a series- if you cannot make it to all three workshops, let me know

     

     

    October 2015 

    Wed. Oct 7, 4-6pm @ Central. Zine Making: help with supplies and explain to participants how to make a zine, clean up

    Fri. Oct 9, 2:30-4 @ Central. Book Sale: set up

    Sat. Oct 10, 11:30-12:30 @ Central. Book Sale: clean up

    Wed. Oct 14, 4-6pm @ Central. Zine Making: help with supplies and explain to participants how to make a zine, clean up

    Sun. Oct 18, 1-5pm @ Central. Drawing Skills: check people in, clean up, and participate. Interested in art school? Want to draw, paint, animate, and tell stories? Attend this free hands-on workshop to learn about drawing techniques, character development, and visual storytelling from veteran Disney artist Ron Husband.  

    Mon. Oct 19, 6-7pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club: read the book All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven before attending this event, participate in book club. Volunteers will earn 3 hours for reading the book and attending book club.

    Wed. Oct 21, 4-6pm @ Central. Zine Making: help with supplies and explain to participants how to make a zine, clean up

    Fri. Oct 23, 4-8:30pm @ Central. Murder Mystery: set up, clean up, participate

    Wed. Oct 28, 4-6pm @ Central. Zine Making: help with supplies and explain to participants how to make a zine, clean up

     


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

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