Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Piscataway Public library. Due to the ongoing pandemic, all of our volunteer opportunities for teens have gone virtual. There will be NO in-person teen volunteer program this summer.
Register for and participate in virtual volunteer projects from home!  Learn new skills, earn community service hours, and make a positive difference in your community. Explore the below opportunities if you are a Piscataway resident entering Grades 6-12 (ages 11-17) .  
Volunteer opportunities are divided into two categories: opportunities that require working with library patrons/peers and opportunities that are completed individually.
To log completed volunteer hours, please use the Teen Volunteer Hour Log form. Any volunteer hours earned must be submitted via this form.

Opportunities Working with Library Patrons & Peers

Book Club Leader | Reading Buddies | Talk It Out | Tech SupportTeen Advisory Board

 Virtual Program Assistant

Book Club Leader

Do you love reading and discussing books? If so, volunteer as a Book Club Leader. You and another teen co-leader will facilitate a book club discussion for kids ages 8-12 years on Google Meet . Book Club Leaders are assigned a book to read several weeks in advance of the book club meeting date on Google Meet. Leaders must prepare discussion questions in advance (to be reviewed by a librarian).
Total Hours Earned: 5 hours
Requirements:
  •  Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Must be in grades 6-12
  • Must be familiar with Google Meet
  • Must be able to download eBooks via Hoopla Digital
Teen volunteers can complete an interest form for this opportunity online starting on Monday, June 1st. Access the online interest form here: https://forms.gle/ZDo7DyPmG6wSSFoF8

Reading Buddies on Zoom (Friday, July 24 - Friday, August 14)

Volunteer as a reading buddy! This program is designed to help children in kindergarten through third grade increase their vocabulary, practice social skills, and build reading confidence. Teens and children are paired together for reading aloud. Paired reading buddies will be supervised by library staff in Zoom breakout rooms. This is a four (4) week commitment. Teens and children will meet weekly on Fridays at 3 PM on Zoom. 
Total Hours Earned: 4
Requirements: 
  • Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Must be in grades 7-12
  • Must attend one (1) training session. Training session dates & times are listed on the interest form.
  • Must be available for each weekly session
  • Must have a library card
  • Basic understanding of Zoom platform and Hoopla Digital OR willingness to learn
  • Access to Zoom
Teen volunteers can complete an interest form for this opportunity online starting on Wednesday, July 1st. Access the online interest form here: https://forms.gle/HKhHV11nq8Z2DBxw5

Talk It Out

Discuss teen-centered issues and connect with your peers. Chat with Teen Services Librarians Kate-Lynn and Erica who will share resources to help keep you busy and take care of your mental health. This group meets every Monday at 3pm.
Total Hours Earned: 1 hour per week
Requirements:
  • Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Must be in grades 6-12
Teens are required to register for this program. Access the registration form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewUjqXWlcDvH2owxvfb7UL8CtSTHbjKsicYuR9mxR41z8aig/viewform 

Tech Support

Help library patrons access electronic resources (ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines,etc.) on their tech devices from home by creating instructional videos. Videos will be posted on our social media platforms and website.
Total Hours Earned: 2
Requirements: 
  • Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Must be in grades 6-12
  • Understanding of one or more of the library's electronic resources (eLibraryNJ, hoopla digital, RB Digital, etc.) and how to download/stream content onto specific devices
  • Means of recording instructional video from home
Teen volunteers can complete an interest form for this opportunity online starting on Monday, June 1st. Access the online interest form here: https://forms.gle/y46cgPMjbVLyGmAX9

Teen Advisory Board

Join us at our regular meetings to learn about the Teen Advisory Board.
Total Hours Earned: Based on meeting attendance & project completion
Requirements:
  • Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Must be in grades 6-12
Teen volunteers can complete an interest form for this opportunity year-round. Access the interest form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_bN94YtMe3gGzbYsEIDhMVzTKeWDBWySH-SOJRQTkzbOKBg/viewform
Questions can be directed to our Teen Services Librarians:
Kate-Lynn Brown (Kennedy): kbrown@piscatawaylibrary.org
Erica Krivopal (Westergard): ekrivopal@piscatawaylibrary.org

Virtual Program Assistant

Volunteer as a program assistant in our virtual library programs for children. You will work with a librarian to fill a specific role and/or complete specific tasks during a virtual children's program. Virtual programs will take place throughout the summer. Teens who complete the interest form will be emailed periodically with specific opportunities to virtually assist.
Total Hours Earned: Dependent upon number and length of programs
Requirements:
  • Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Must be in grades 6-12
  • Access to Zoom and Google Meet
Teen volunteers can complete an interest form for this opportunity online starting on Monday, June 1st. Access the online interest form here: https://forms.gle/GjFB2UTUeWBiZRr17

Opportunities completed individually

Book & Movie Reviews | Skills Tutorial

Book & Movie Reviews

Teens can submit written book and movies reviews for our library blog OR recorded book and movie reviews via videos for our Youtube channel.
Total Hours Earned:
  • For book reviews (written OR recorded):
0-50 pages = 1.5 hours
50-150 pages = 2.5 hours
150-250 pages = 3.5 hours
250+ pages = 4 hours
  • For movie reviews (written OR recorded):
Length of movie + 1 hour
Requirements:
  • Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Must be in grades 6-12
  • Written reviews should be 250-275 word critical evaluation of the book/movie including a one paragraph summary of the book/movie and a one paragraph regarding your personal response with specific examples to support praise or criticism.
  • Video reviews should be 60-90 second recommendations including a brief summary about the book/movie. Remember, no spoilers! The idea is to get someone interested in reading the material, so you do not want to give away the ending.
Teens will be assigned specific books and movies for review including award-winning YA and Children's titles. Please submit an online interest form to receive your assignment: https://forms.gle/d71MyFKH9YFyRcE8A

Skills Tutorials

Create content for our Boredom Busters page! You can create tutorials on skills or crafts. This can be a video demonstrating a craft or a presentation that shares a skill you have. Finished products will be posted on our Boredom Busters page.
Total Hours Earned: Determined by librarian based on the project completed
Requirements:
  • Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Teens in grades 6-12
Questions and submissions can be directed to our Teen Services Librarians:
Kate-Lynn Brown (Kennedy): kbrown@piscatawaylibrary.org
Erica Krivopal (Westergard): ekrivopal@piscatawaylibrary.org