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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. 

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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We are an official certifying organization.

Open Book

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.

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)

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. 

 

Register now for the following COMBINED orientation dates:

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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 (onsite or virtually). 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 & 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. 

Register now for the following COMBINED orientation dates:

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.

School Session: November through June

Tuesdays (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. 

 

Register now for the following COMBINED orientation dates:

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Doing Homework

Homework Center

Grades 10-12


Volunteer opportunity is available to academically-qualified Ridgewood residents in grades 10-12. Volunteers will provide after-school help for students in grades 3-9 in a variety of academic subjects (onsite and virtually). Orientation held once a year in early October.


Only offered during School Session: October through May
Homework Center meets every Tuesday & Thursday from 4 - 5 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.

Please contact Justin Kontonicolaou at jkontonicolaou@ridgewoodlibrary.org or ext. 112 with any questions.

We are no longer accepting applicants. Please check back fall 2022.

Virtual Summer ESL

"Teen 2 Tween" Tutor

Grades 9-12   

Work one-on-one with a younger student to help strengthen their English skills. Meet via Zoom with your ESL student for one hour twice a week for 8-10 sessions over the summer. Starts June 28 ends August 13.

Meetings will be held Monday-Thursday 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.

We are no longer accepting applicants. Please check back next summer.

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