Becoming a Teen Volunteer at the Pauline Haass Public Library

Applications are being accepted for teen volunteering for the 2022-2023 school year.

There are opportunities for volunteering during the 2022-2023 school year in the children’s department. If you have an interest in working with kids and in hands-on science, technology, and art activities, then we can use your help with LabCraft programs in the KidsLab! We also need helpers for Sew XO our small-group sewing classes. Finally, there are big events such as Harry Potter Book Night which we could not pull off with out the help of our wonderful teen volunteers. See our children’s event page for dates and times. If they appeal to your schedule, please consider joining us as a teen volunteer.

Teen volunteering at the library is a community tradition in Sussex.  If you are in 8th grade 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. You can download a pdf here or pick up an application at the Children’s Reference Desk. Teens are expected to complete and turn in their own applications. An email address is required! 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.
  • Waiting  After you submit an application the teen volunteer coordinator will contact you by email. You will be welcomed and the method for signing up for work shifts will be explained. Watch your spam/junk folder just in case!
  • Orientation When you arrive for your first work shift you will be given a brief orientation. At your orientation you will receive a nametag and a volunteer handbook containing useful information. Orientation is a good time to ask all the questions that you have.



  • Past volunteers – if you are a past volunteer in good standing please get in touch by phone or email (see below). We will update your application and send you the link to sign up for shifts.


If you have any questions, call the Children’s Reference Desk at (262) 246-5182 or email; your volunteer coordinator is Valerie Johnson, “I would love to talk to you about volunteering!”