Teen Volunteers at Glen Rock Public Library

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6th-12th grade Volunteers

If you're a 6th-12th grader looking to volunteer at your local library, click here to submit your volunteer application.

 

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

If you have not already done so, please fill out a volunteer application before you sign up for the opportunities below. 

ADOPT-A-SHELF: Help keep the library tidy by adopting a shelf! Volunteers will be assigned a shelf or group of shelves to keep organized throughout the summer. Visit the library throughout the week and make sure your shelf is in correct alphabetical or Dewey Decimal order. Hours are flexible and will typically be 1-5 hours per week. Sign up here.

BOOK REVIEWER: Do you love to read? Do you love to share your opinion? Write for our new Teen Book Review Blog! See the guidelines below for more information. Sign up here

LIBRARY PLAYERS REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCE (Limited to 3 volunteers): Do you like theatre and performing arts? Do you like working with children? Help our children's librarian with Reader's Theatre: Library Players, a program for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade. You must be able to attend ALL of these dates: Monday, July 9, 16, and 23 at 2:30pm (rehearsals), and July 30 at 5pm (dress rehearsal) and 6:30pm (performance). Sign up here.

MAKERSPACE AMBASSADOR (Limited to 4 volunteers per day): Spend time in our makerspace learning how to use our tools and supplies. This opportunity will be offered twice a week on Thursday afternoons from 2pm - 4pm and Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm. Over the course of the summer, you will have the opportunity to develop and lead your own workshop (either by yourself or with a partner). Available dates are: July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, August 16, 17, 23, & 24. Sign up here.

PROGRAM PREP (Limited to 2 volunteers per time slot): Help the children's and teen librarians prepare for programs over the summer. Available dates/times are below. Sign up here.

  • Help set up for children's Monday night performances at 5:30pm or clean up at 7:30pm:
    • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13
  • Help out during a children's program
    • Bubble Dragon Creatures - July 19 at 10am
  • Help set up for teen movie screening at 2pm or clean up at 5:15pm - July 11
  • Help set up for teen program: Escape Room - July 27 at 5pm
  • Help with the Meet & Greet for incoming 6th grade students on August 30
    • Set up 1:30pm
    • During the program from 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    • Clean up 3:30pm

Questions? email Kristen, Teen librarian, at kristen.rasczyk@glenrock.bccls.org

 

Want to get started right away?

contribute to our teen book review blog!

All 6th-12th grade students are invited to contribute original book reviews or book trailers to be published on our Teen Book Review blog. Teens who submit book reviews will receive 1 volunteer hour for each written review. 

Read a book that was particularly awesome and you're just dying to tell everyone you know about it? Create a book trailer! Get creative, show off your audio/video editing skills, and, most importantly, let everyone know about the amazing book you just read. Like movie trailers, book trailers are meant to get people excited about and interested in the highlighted book. Use this opportunity to share your love and enthusiasm for a book by recommending it to others in this unique way. For each book trailer submitted, you will receive 2 volunteer hours

Submission Guidelines

In order to successfully earn volunteer hours for your reviews or trailers, all submissions must follow the following guidelines. 

written Book review guidelines

Book reviews should be original and thoughtful. Include the following information in your review:

  • Title, author, number of pages, and genre (fiction or nonfiction, and type such as fantasy, science fiction, realistic, graphic novel, etc.)
  • Brief summary of the book, about 1-3 sentences. No spoilers!
  • Your thoughts, impressions, opinions of the book. This will be the bulk of your review, about 300-500 words. Tell us why you liked or hated a book. Tell us about how it made you feel. Did you identify strongly with any of the characters? How? Did this book change the way you think or feel about something?
  • Anything else you'd like to say about the book. Did it have an awesome cover? Was there artwork that really added or took away from the overall experience of reading the book? Anything at all!
  • Would you recommend this book? Why or why not?
  • How many stars would you give this book? 
    • 1 - Terrible - one of the worst books I've ever read
    • 2 - Meh - it was okay, but could use a lot of improvement
    • 3 - Good - it was entertaining but didn't blow me away
    • 4 - Great - better than most books I've read
    • 5 - Amazing - one of the best books I've ever read

Book reviews should be about 300-500 words and should be your own original thoughts. Spelling and grammar count! Please do not use inappropriate language. Reviews may be edited for content.   

Book Trailer Guidelines

Book trailers can include images, animation, music, and text or voice-overs. All book trailers should include original content that you've created yourself or materials that are free to use under Creative Commons licensing. Please do not use inappropriate language or images. 

Do not plagiarize or use copyrighted materials that you do not have permissions for.  You can use https://search.creativecommons.org/ to locate images, audio, and video clips that are okay to use in your book trailer. Be sure to check whether attribution is required. If you need help with navigating all of this, feel free to contact Kristen and she will show you how to determine whether the file is okay to use or not. 

Submitting a Book Review or Trailer

Send your review or trailer to our Teen/Technology Librarian, Kristen, by email to kristen.rasczyk@glenrock.bccls.org. Written reviews can be pasted into the body of the email or attached as a Word document. Book trailers can be attached as an .mp4 file or you can provide the link to your video on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please include your full name and grade with your submission. Your full name will not be used on the blog - this is just so we can get in touch with you if needed and to keep track of your volunteer hours. Be sure to let us know how you'd like your name to appear with your review or trailer on the blog - first name, initials, or anonymous.