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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 a few ways you can volunteer from home.

Bibliomaniacs

 

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.  Allow one week for review of submission. Thank you.

Virtual Teen Reading Pal

Grades 6-12


Pick from our library’s extensive children's collection, eBooks 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 sessions.

 

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


School Session: 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays (4- 5 pm)

Summer Session: 

  • Wednesdays and Fridays (10-11 am)

  • Mondays and Wednesdays (4-5 pm)

Orientations are mandatory for NEW applicants. For returning volunteers, please email the Teen Dept. teens@ridgewoodlibrary.org of your interest. Applications will be available after orientations. 

 

Orientation dates for summer volunteers below. Registration opens on Saturday, May 1, 2021

Please register for ONE date:

Virtual REad to a Pet Host

Grades 6-12

 

Become a Read to a Pet host for readers and pre-readers in Pre-K through grade 5 who wish to practice their reading skills by reading to a lovable pet. Pre-readers must be able to explain the events happening in a story book, even if they are unable to read the words. The child will have a 15 minute virtual private sitting with the animal.

 

One hour shift during operating hours. Volunteer no more than once per day, once per week. *Subject to change depending on demand.


School Session:

  • Tuesday and Thursdays (4- 5 pm)

Summer Session: 

  • Mondays  (10-11 am)

  • Tuesday and Thursdays (4- 5 pm)

Orientations are mandatory for NEW applicants. For returning volunteers, please email the Teen Dept. teens@ridgewoodlibrary.org of your interest. Applications will be available after orientations. 

 

Orientation dates for summer volunteers below. Registration opens on Saturday, May 1, 2021

Please register for ONE date:

Virtual 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 via zoom with your ESL student for one hour twice a week on a customized schedule of 8-10 sessions over the summer. Starts June 28 ends August 13.

Sessions held Monday-Friday during the following times:

  • Mornings (9-10 am or 10-11 am)

  • Evenings (5-6 pm or 7-8 pm)


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

Online application and registration for mandatory orientation will be available on Friday, May 21. 

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!

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