Teen Volunteer Application

Do you want to volunteer?--to contribute your ideas and talents to the library?--to earn community service hours? Great! We need you! Our teen volunteer program is called Y.E.L.L. Youth Engaged in Library Leadership. Why Y.E.L.L.?  Because we want your voice to be heard; because the library values your ideas and service. 
All prospective Y.E.L.L. volunteers must be at least 14 years old, must be able to work independently after instruction, and must fill out the online application found below. Also, prospective Y.E.L.L. members must attend a mandatory orientation with the Young Adult Librarian before volunteer service begins.
Expectations for Teen Volunteers:
Volunteers are required to attend a 2 hour orientation (participation will earn an hour of community service) with the Young Adult Librarian prior to beginning any volunteer work for community service hours at the Hamilton-Wenham Library. Orientations are generally scheduled in the evening, 5:30 to 7:30pm, when there is a minimum of 4 applicants.

Volunteers are expected to commit to a set schedule. Your schedule will be arranged with the Young Adult Librarian. You will be expected to adhere to your schedule; however, we understand that sometimes you cannot make your scheduled shift. If you are unable to come in when you are scheduled, please let the Y.A. Librarian know as soon as possible. If you do not call and do not show up for your scheduled shift you may be dropped from the volunteer corps.

Currently, the primary beginning responsibility of most volunteers will be as Shelf Managers in an assigned area, this includes: shelving books, straightening & edging books on shelves, shelf reading for correct placement, and cleaning shelves. In addition there may be special projects such as: creating content for the Informed Teens blog and other library social media platforms; creating shelf talkers; assisting with in-person programs (when we can do them again); meeting quarterly with the Y.A. Librarian to brainstorm and plan programs and special events. The Y.A. Librarian tries to accommodate individual interests when assigning shelving areas and special projects, however, specific project requests cannot be guaranteed. Volunteers are expected to complete all assigned projects to the best of their abilities.