Becoming a Teen Volunteer at the Pauline Haass Public Library
Teen volunteering at the library is a community tradition in Sussex. The library receives 60-80 teen volunteer applications each year! If you are entering 8th grade in the fall or older, you are eligible to volunteer. Teens who love reading and working with children are especially encouraged to apply.
Here are the steps:
- Application – Prospective volunteers must complete a volunteer application (download pdf here). Teens are expected to complete and turn in their own applications. Parents may not apply on behalf of their teen children, but a parent signature is required. Turn in your application at the children’s reference desk. After you submit an application please allow approximately one week for a response from the library. When the library responds, you will be scheduled for an interview or told that you are added to a wait list.
- Interview – The teen volunteer coordinator will hold informal interviews – individual or group – with prospective volunteers to determine whether a match exists between applicant skills and the positions available to volunteers. You will have your interview at the library. After your interview please allow approximately one week for a response from the library. When the library responds, you will either be scheduled for training and orientation or told that you are added to a wait list.
- Training – Volunteers will attend a training and orientation session. A youth services staff member will teach you everything you need to know to do your volunteer job. Orientation is a good time to ask all the questions that you have; don’t assume anything! We want you to be successful. At orientation you will be taught how to sign up for volunteer shifts and will be given a volunteer handbook containing useful information.
If you have any questions, call Valerie Johnson at (262) 246-5182.
If you are interested, please don’t hesitate. We would love to talk with you about volunteering!