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 school year.
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

 Reading Buddies | Talk It Out | Teen Advisory Board | Virtual Program Assistant

Reading Buddies on Zoom (Session 1: February 3- February 24)

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 Wednesdays at 4 PM on Zoom from February 3-24. 
Total Hours Earned:
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 the Reading Buddies - Teen Volunteer form for this opportunity online starting on January 1st. 

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 using our Talk It Out form.

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 Teen Advisory Board Interest Form for this opportunity year-round. 
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 school year. 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 
Teen volunteers can complete a Virtual Program Assistant form for this opportunity online starting on January 1st. 

Opportunities completed individually

 Written Book Reviews | Skills Tutorials | Book Talks

Written Book Reviews

Teens can submit written book reviews for our Children's Book Reviews web page. 
Total Hours Earned:
0-50 pages = 1.5 hours
50-150 pages = 2.5 hours
150-250 pages = 3.5 hours
250+ pages = 4 hours
Requirements:
  • Must be a Piscataway resident
  • Must be in grades 6-12
  • Reviews should be a one paragraph summary of the book and a one paragraph regarding your personal response with specific examples to support praise or criticism.
Teens will select their own titles to review. Titles MUST be published between 2018-2021. Use our Teen Book Review form to submit your review.

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

Book Talks

Create a book talk video that can be shared on our website. Check out our Book Talk page for examples. 
Total Hours Earned: 1.5 hours per book talk
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