Teens and parents of teens. Are you looking for extra experience for scholarship applications or would like a deeper look into the world of librarianship? The library offers opportunities not only for teens to be actively involved in Teen Programming at various library locations, they can earn volunteer hours for helping make the library a more welcoming place for young adults.
This is different than becoming a student volunteer for the library, which has a minimum age of 16 at the time of the application, is subject to the location's workload and requires a volunteer orientation. While regular volunteers help maintain the library through shelving, sorting materials and small tasks, Teen Volunteer Groups are social committees dedicated to meeting once a month to help generate ideas for library programs and to have a great time. Staff can pick the group's brains about trends and what books will appeal to high school students. If your child is just a touch too young to become a student volunteer, he or she could find a solution through library Teen Volunteer Groups, which generally accept students falling within a certain grade range.
The Irving Public Library system hosts over 100 programs a year and librarians and programmers are always looking for input, new ideas and a few helping hands. Current members say that earning volunteer hours, developing leadership skills and socializing with other teens in the community are only a few benefits they receive from the program. They also say it looks great on a college application!
The work is simple. Attend meetings and assist with events. Below are two Teen Volunteer groups in the north and west Irving areas that are open to new recruits:
The Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, is currently accepting applications for the Young Adult Library Leaders, or Y’ALL.
Y'ALL accepts teens in grades 9-12. Do you have big ideas and a creative flair? Join Y'ALL and earn volunteer hours for helping the Valley Ranch Library plan and implement teen programs! Socialize with friends and help make the library a more teen-friendly place. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. Applications are available at the Valley Ranch Reference Desk. Pick up yours today!
West Irving Library's Teen Advisory Board is always looking for new members.
Teens in grades 9-12 can earn volunteer hours for coming to meetings and helping prep for teen programs. Meetings are once a month on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Applications are available at the West Irving Library.
For more information, call the Valley Ranch Library at (972) 721-4669 or the West Irving Library at (972) 721-2691.