VolunTeen with the OPL
How To Become a Teen Volunteer
- Be between the ages of 12 and 19
- Complete and submit the online OPL Teen Volunteer Application
- Attend a Teen Volunteer Orientation (Fall 2019 Orientation dates: Saturday September 21, October 19, November 16 and December 14 at 2:00 PM
- Sign up here for Orientation
VolunTeen Guidelines and Activities
A VolunTeen must be between the ages of 12 and 19 to apply, qualify and gain community service hours as a volunteer at OPL.
Contact with Teen Services Staff
All communication about volunteering at OPL will be conducted through email so be sure to check your email frequently for updates, volunteer hour opportunities, and shift assignments! If you change your email let us know.
In Case of Emergency
In case of sickness or an emergency a VolunTeen must contact Teen Services staff if they were expected and can’t make it by calling 914-941-2416 ext. 336.
Being late for volunteer hours is not acceptable. Being a VolunTeen means people are depending on you. Please be here on time or call 914-941-2416 ext. 336 if you anticipate being late or are unable to attend.
Please dress appropriately for a public library. Shorts are okay but please do not wear swimsuits, bare bellies, bare feet, hats, or anything that would be inappropriate for school. Keep in mind that the library has a fluctuating air conditioning and heating unit so you may want to bring extra layers of clothing in case of extreme temperature differences.
Volunteering at OPL is scheduled in advance only, no drop-in volunteering please. A VolunTeen may have a range of responsibilities and tasks that he or she will be assigned that may include: helping with events (advance preparation, setting up, breaking down) edging books, shelf reading, homework help, helping children with computers and much more. A VolunTeen is not responsible for helping patrons find books, answering questions, or doing clerical or page duties done by paid professionals.
Keeping Track of Volunteer Time
A VolunTeen is responsible for keeping track of all service hours and dates completed on their time sheet in the designated VolunTeen binder. When a volunteer completes their required hours it is their responsibility to inform the Supervisor whether they are finished volunteering or want to continue.
VolunTeens must wear OPL Volunteer Badges at all times when volunteering at or for the library.
Please NO use of cell phones (even texting) or other personal or electronic devices during volunteering unless you ask and are given permission in advance.
Ask For Help
Library staff is here to help you! If you have questions ASK! (We don’t bite).