Becoming a Teen Volunteer at the Pauline Haass Public Library

Applications are being accepted for summer teen volunteers for 2022.

Thank you for your interest!

There are some great opportunities for volunteering coming up this summer.  Monitoring our summer reading desk, being a LabTime assistant in the KidsLab, and helping with outdoor storytimes, special performances, and other fun programs—all need your helping hands!

Teen volunteering at the library is a community tradition in Sussex.  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. 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!