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Volunteer

Are you a teen interested in being a Library volunteer?

Consider the Library’s Volunteen program, especially for students in grades 7 – 12.

  • You must have completed sixth grade to be a Project Volunteen or a Summer Reading Program Volunteen.
  • Nonresidents may apply, but priority will be given to Mount Prospect residents.
  • You must be responsible enough to work independently, focus on assigned tasks, and maintain open communication with Library staff.
  • You must complete and return a signed application.  Applications are not held after orientation unless you begin working as a Volunteen.  You must reapply before each orientation you attend.
  • You must register for and attend an orientation.  Orientations are offered in February, May, and October.
  • Please note:  Volunteen time slots are highly competitive and often very limited.  Filing an application and attending an orientation does NOT guarantee selection for a Volunteen time slot.

What volunteer opportunities are available to young people?

Project Volunteen

  • You must have completed sixth grade.
  • Plan on two hours per week during the school year and/or the summer months for a total time commitment of 40-80 hours.
  • Responsibilities include shelving, filing, and other projects assigned by Library staff.
  • Orientation is offered three times a year (February, May, and October) and is required before becoming a Volunteen.

Summer Reading Volunteen (June and July only)

  • You must have completed 6th grade.
  • Plan on two hours per week, June 1-July 31, depending on school schedules.
  • You will talk with younger children and their parents about the Youth summer reading program and give out prizes.  You will enjoy this most if you are a “people person” – enthusiastic, interested in kids, and able to communicate well.
  • Orientation is held in May and is required before becoming a Volunteen.

For more information about the Library Volunteen program, please stop by the Youth Services Desk.  The Library requires at least a one-week notice if special accommodations are needed. Fill out an application today!