The library is looking for exceptional teen volunteers to help with our Summer Reading Program. You’ll stay busy and you’ll get great volunteer experience, too. Open to students entering 9th-12th grade who can commit to volunteering at least four weeks out of the summer.
Volunteering provides you with several benefits. All VolunTEENS will earn volunteer hours, which can be used as community service credit for school. Volunteer hours also look great on college applications as well as on applications for jobs. You’ll gain valuable work experience and you’ll make professional contacts that may be useful for references in the future. Lastly, you’ll have fun!
Read below for important information about VolunTEEN recruitment, duties, and important deadlines.
Please Note: VolunTEEN openings are at the Cumming, Hampton Park, and Post Road branches. There are no openings at the Sharon Forks Library.
Interested teens are encouraged to attend one of our VolunTEEN Q&A Panel Discussions to learn more about what to expect as a VolunTEEN. Past volunteers will share about their experiences and library staff will provide additional information about what's new for this summer.
Panels will be offered at each library branch and all new VolunTEEN applicants MUST attend a panel to be considered as a VolunTEEN applicant. Previous VolunTEENS do not need to attend but Teen Advisory Board (TAB) members must attend a session as well as all other applicants. Teens do not need to register to attend a Q&A panel. Please attend one of the following:
Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Hampton Park Library
Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Post Road Library
Saturday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Interested in Applying?
To be considered as a VolunTEEN, you must:
Attend a VolunTEEN Panel Discussion.
Be a rising 9th-12th grader.
Commit to working 20 to 40 hours total for at least four weeks from late May to late July.
Complete the VolunTEEN application found on our website and submit your completed application by Sunday, April 9.
Be willing to attend one VolunTEEN orientation meeting in May. Orientation meetings will be offered on Saturday, May 13 and on Saturday, May 20.
Please make sure that you can meet the other requirements below:
Teens must have permission from parents/guardians before becoming a VolunTEEN.
All VolunTEENS must have transportation to and from the library for scheduled volunteer shifts.
What We're Looking For
We’re looking for teens who are:
Enthusiastic about the library and the programs and services we offer.
Dependable and responsible.
Self-starters who show initiative.
Comfortable working with children and their caregivers.
Able to follow verbal and written instruction.
Able to follow library policies and procedures, respect library property, and maintain a professional and friendly attitude.
New for 2017: VolunTEEN Teams
This year, teens will be assigned to a VolunTEEN Team(s) depending on their interests. The teams are listed below. See the VolunTEEN application for more details including team duties and team availability requirements.
The STORYTIME HELP TEAM will assist staff during storytime programs for FCPL children and their families and will help with planning and presentation of programs.
The STEAM PROGRAMS TEAM will assist staff with all STEAM library programs for children and teens. Knowledge and passion for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education is preferred. This team will also help with other programs as assigned.
The BEHIND THE SCENES TEAM will assist staff with a variety of behind the scenes preparations like program setup and take down, preparing materials for programs, and preparing promotional materials.
The CLASSIC LIBRARY ACTIVITIES TEAM will be responsible for classic library duties, such as light shelving, pulling items from the shelves, sorting books, straightening the library, sorting and alphabetizing shelves, and other duties as assigned.
Note: In addition, all teens will staff the Summer Reading sign-up tables in the library branches. You’ll help get kids and their families excited about Summer Reading and you’ll register them to participate in the fun!
What VolunTEENS Are Not Expected To Do
Don't worry. VolunTEENS will not:
Check books in or out.
Supervise or read to children.
Deal with upset children or parents.
So you want to apply to be a VolunTEEN? Great! Here's what you need to do:
There will be a limited number of volunteer slots at the library branches. We will select a predetermined number of teen volunteers based on the volunteer needs of each location.
VolunTEEN openings are at the Cumming, Hampton Park, and Post Road branches. There are no openings at the Sharon Forks Library.
Note About Teen Advisory Board
Many teens are already a part of FCPL’s Teen Advisory Board. TAB members who are entering 9th grade or higher are also welcome to apply to be VolunTEENS, as TAB projects are different from volunteer duties outlined for VolunTEENS. TAB members who are interested in being a summer VolunTEEN will also need to complete and submit a Volunteer Application.
Contact FCPL’s Human Resources Department with your questions at FCPLVolunteers@forsythpl.org or 678-513-9372.
Forsyth County Public Library 585 Dahlonega Street Cumming, Georgia 30040 770-781-9840 www.forsythpl.org/