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Ridgewood Library | Teen Volunteer Opportunities


Please note teen volunteer opportunities are available only to Ridgewood Library cardholders and Kidscard holders in grades 6 to 12.

We  will only retain records for our teen volunteers for one year after date of high school graduation. 

Attention teen volunteers. At this time, all on-site volunteer opportunities have been suspended until further notice.

Below are four ways you can volunteer from home.



Grades 6-12


Read a book, write a review, and earn 30 minutes of volunteer time. Click here to learn more about how you can join the Bibliomaniacs. 

Please note that you can submit a limit of two (2) reviews per day. Thank you.

Virtual Teen Reading Pal

 Grades 6-12

(available starting July 1, 2020 to August 14, 2020)

New and returning volunteers must attend orientation on Friday, June 26 @ 4 pm: Registration required.

Pick from our library’s extensive children's ebook collection and other resources to read one-to-one with our young patrons. A Ridgewood Public Library staff member will conduct online sessions between patron and teen volunteer during summer sessions.

Summer Session: July through August. One 30 minute shift during operating hours. Volunteer no more than once per day, twice per week. *Subject to change depending on demand.

Monday - Friday

Morning shift (11 am-12 pm)

Afternoon shift (1-2 pm)

Summer ESL "Teen 2 Tween" Tutor

Grades 9-12   

Work one-on-one with a younger ESL student to help strengthen his/her English skills. Meet at the library with your ESL student for one hour twice a week on a customized schedule of 8-10 sessions over the summer (June 29 to August 21).

Application available online at https://forms.gle/XBuTwtMkjbaAXKsi8

Application due: midnight, Wednesday, June 17.

Mandatory orientation for new and returning volunteers: Wednesday, June 26 @2-3:45.

Register for orientation here.

Please contact Larissa Brookes at lbrookes@ridgewoodlibrary.org or ext. 137 with any questions.

Feel free to email us teens@ridgewoodlibrary.org if you have any further questions.

How to become a Teen Volunteer


  • Read up on our various volunteer opportunities. Decide which one suits your interest. Please note that there are a few opportunities that do not require attending an orientation or being at the library at all.

  • Attend one of our orientations. Links to our registration page will be located under each volunteer opportunity.

  • After attending an orientation and you are still interested in volunteering, we will email you the online application. Fill it out to the best of your ability. Once we have received your application we will send your login information and you can start signing up for available spots that day.

Current Volunteers:
Sign up for hours here!


We are an official certifying organization.

Below are all on-site volunteer opportunities. Please note that they have been suspended until further notice.

Collection Specialist

Grades 6-12

Organize library materials on carts, shelf-read and straighten sections as needed. Retrieve items from shelves to fill loan requests. Volunteer no more than once per week.

School Session: September through June

Monday - Thursday  (4 - 5 pm or 7 - 8 pm) 

Friday (4 - 5 pm)

Saturday (9 - 10 am or 1 - 2 pm)

Summer Session: July through August

Monday - Thursday (9 - 10 am or 1 - 2 pm or 5 - 6 pm)

Friday - Saturday (9 - 10 am or 1 - 2 pm)

Homework Center

Grades 10-12

Volunteer opportunity is available to academically-qualified Ridgewood residents in grades 10-12, with volunteer application signed by a teacher or guidance counselor. Volunteers will provide after-school help for students in grades 3-9 in a variety of academic subjects.  Orientation held once a year in early October.


Only offered during School Session: October through May

Homework Center meets every Tuesday & Thursday from 4 - 6 pm. Details on how to become a volunteer, register for spots, and tips on providing the best tutoring service to our young patrons will be covered during our mandatory orientations:

*No longer accepting tutor applications.*

NEW and returning volunteers must attend orientation in October. 

ALL volunteers must submit a Reference Form every year. 

Please email us for further questions: teens@ridgewoodlibrary.org

Teen Volunteer

Grades 6-12

Be a Reading Pal and pick a small stack of books from our extensive children's book collection to read one-to-one with our young patrons. Teen volunteers will have the opportunity to assist with children’s programs and other projects on an as needed basis. Will be asked to assist with Collection Specialist duties on an as needed basis.


During the summer assistance with Summer Reading Club includes helping children with their reading logs, distributing prizes, and various tasks as needed.


School Session: September through June

Monday - Friday (4 - 5 pm)

Summer Session: July through August

Two hour shift during operating hours.

Volunteer no more than once per day, once a week

Monday - Thursday (9 am - 9 pm)

Friday (9 am - 6 pm)

Saturday (9 am - 5 pm)

Tech Volunteer

Grades 9-12

No Orientation Needed- Contact Charles Gallo at cgallo@ridgewoodlibrary.org with questions.

Provide one-to-one assistance to adult library patrons to help them:

- Practice basic computer skills on PC or iMac

- Use mobile devices

- Download the Library's free eBook collection

- 3D printer assistance

- Assist Library staff with Drop-In Tech Labs and Saturday Makerspaces.

School Session: September through June

Tuesdays (4 - 5 pm)

(some) Saturdays (10-11 am)

Summer Session: July through August

Tuesdays (10 - 11 am)

(some) Saturdays (10 - 11 am)

Library Hours

When we reopen:

Monday - Thursday




9am - 9pm

9am - 6pm

9am - 5pm

1pm - 5pm

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