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 during LabTime and with LabCraft programs in the KidsLab! These activities occur Monday and Wednesday afternoon/evenings as well as Saturdays. If this appeals to your schedule, please consider joining us as a teen volunteer. We will also need volunteers to help with some of the most enjoyable events of the year: Touch-a-Truck, Spooky Sussex, and the Wisconsin Science Festival!

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. 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 please allow one to two weeks for a response from the library. The teen volunteer coordinator will contact you. If the library needs volunteers you will be scheduled for an orientation. If all of our volunteer spots are filled, then your name will be placed on a wait list. Please wait for the library to contact you to find out.
  • Orientation If you are accepted as a volunteer you will be scheduled to visit the library for a brief orientation. At your orientation you will learn how to sign up for volunteer shifts and will receive 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 an updated application is required but the interview and orientation will be waived.


If you have any questions, call the Children’s Reference Desk at (262) 246-5182.

We would love to talk to you about volunteering!