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, Summer Reading Program Volunteen, or a Let’s Be Friends Volunteen
  • Nonresidents may apply, but priority will be given to Mount Prospect residents.
  • You must be responsible.
  • You must complete and return a signed application. Applications will be held for six months. After that time, you must reapply.
  • Please note: Volunteen time slots are highly competitive and often very limited. Filing an application does NOT guarantee selection for a Volunteen time slot.

What volunteer opportunities are available to young people?

Project Volunteen

  • Plan on two hours per week for a minimum total time of 20 hours.
  • Teens will be responsible for projects as assigned by Library staff.
  • Orientation is offered in May and on an individual basis throughout the year for open spots.

Summer Reading Volunteen (June and July only)

  • 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.

Let’s Be Friends Volunteen

  • Plan on 6.5 hours for each session, which includes a 2-hour orientation and three 1.5-hour programs.
  • You will be paired as a buddy with a child to help them participate in fun activities and make friends. You will enjoy this most if you are a “people person” – enthusiastic, interested in kids, and able to communicate well.
  • Orientation is held before each session and is required to become a Let’s Be Friends 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!