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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 Tuesday-Thursday from 4-6pm, January-April 2016.

     

    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 & additional meetings (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 LibraryView our Fall 2015 issue!

    Event Help

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

     

    December 2015  

    Mon. Dec 21, 1:30-4:30pm @ Central. Metal Etching & Chocolate Truffles:  set up, clean up. Personalize a metal box for yourself or as a gift. Then make some no-bake, no-cook chocolate truffles to fill the box. To personalize the box, you’ll first add your drawings, then use a simple battery powered salt water solution, etch in your design.

    Mon. Dec 28, 6-8:30pm @ Central. YA Book Swap:  set up, clean up, greet attendees and explain what to do. In the meantime, there are games and snacks. Description: It’s time to clean out that home library! Bring your leftover books or old favorites and swap them out for something new. Snacks and games also provided. Come hang out and talk books with us!

    Tue. Dec 29, 1-4pm @ Central. Teen Games Day: set up, clean up, play games!  Board games and video games (Wii U). There will be pizza.

     

    January 2016  

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

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

    Mon. Jan 11, 6-7pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club: read the book Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 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)

    Sat. Jan 16, 1:30-4pm @ Central. Kids Art Salon: photographer

    Tue. Jan 26, 6:30-7:30pm @ Central. Scholarships: Where to Find Them:  This is an informational/educational event.  Volunteers will earn hours by attending this presentation.

    Sun. Jan 31, 1:30-4:30pm @ Central. Welcome to Night Vale Listening Party:  This is a participatory event, though you may be asked to contribute a comment or two about your opinions about the podcast. 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 two episodes per month while we snack. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)

     

    February 2016

    Sat. Feb 6, 2-4pm @ Central. Financial Aid How To presentation: This is an informational/educational event. Volunteers will earn hours by attending this presentation.

    Sun. Feb 7, 2-3pm @ Central. Study Abroad opportunities: This is an informational/educational event. Volunteers will earn hours by attending this presentation.

    Mon. Feb 8, 6-7pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club: read the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 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. Feb 11, 5-8pm @ Central. Educators Night: registration, set up, clean up, handout brochures/bags 

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

    Sat. Feb 20, 1:30-3:30 @ Central. Handmade Lettering: very easy set up and clean up.  This is an art workshop where teens create fonts and lettering.

    Sun. Feb 28, 2-4pm @ Central. Welcome to Night Vale Listening Party:  This is a participatory event, though you may be asked to contribute a comment or two about your opinions about the podcast. 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 two episodes per month while we snack. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)

     

    March 2016  

    Sat. Mar 5, morning time (TBA) @ Central. One City One Story event: More details to follow.

    Sat. Mar 5, 3-5pm @ Central. Teen Tech Week Makey Makey:  This is a technology program. Makey Makey is an invention kit. Attend this program to learn more about inventing with Makey Makey. (TAB: please arrive 30 min. early)

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

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

    Mon. Mar 14, 6-7pm (3 hours awarded) @ Central. YA Book Club: read the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline 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)

    Sat. Mar 19, 12:30-2pm @ Central. One City One Story contest presentation: setup reception & art display, check in artists/writers

    Sun. Mar 20, 2-4pm @ Central. Welcome to Night Vale Listening Party:  This is a participatory event, though you may be asked to contribute a comment or two about your opinions about the podcast. 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 two episodes per month while we snack. (TAB: please arrive 15 min. early & clean up)


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

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