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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens at the Library

Do you need community service or volunteer hours for a school club, church group, or something else? We can help! Please read the below information carefully before getting started.

  1. Before volunteering, you must complete a teen volunteer application.
  2. After completing the application, you can complete any of the passive volunteer tasks (listed below) at any time. Please keep track of tasks you complete, but be sure to also contact Ms. Taylor, teen librarian when you complete any of these tasks so that she can track your hours as well.
  3. If you need an adult/volunteer supervisor to sign off on your hours, Ms. Taylor can do that.
  4. If you’re interested in active volunteer opportunities, you will be contacted when they arise. Or you can attend our Teen Advisory Board meetings to stay up to date.

Please contact Ms. Taylor, Teen Librarian with any questions related to teen volunteering at the library: tbeach@rcls.org or 845-563-3632


Passive Volunteer Tasks

Teen Book Reviews (1 volunteer hour)

To receive one volunteer hour, write a short book review (about 300-500 words) of a recent young adult book you’ve read. Share what the book was about, why you liked/disliked it, and if you would recommend it to a friend. Send it to Ms. Taylor to be posted in our newsletter. Your name can be left anonymous if you’d like.

Advanced Teen Book Review (2 volunteer hours)

To receive two volunteer hours, you may also write an advanced book review. An advanced book review requires you to write a 300-500 word review for a book that was published within the last year and is currently available at the Newburgh Library. Share what the book was about, why you liked/disliked it, and if you would recommend it to a friend. Send it to Ms. Taylor to be posted on our website or in our newsletter. Your name can be left anonymous if you’d like.

Help Promote NFL’s Teen Events (1 volunteer hour)

To receive one volunteer hour, you may share a library program flyer on your instagram and tag the library (@newburgh.library.teens). You can also share our own instagram posts and tag us. Be sure to screenshot your post and email it to Ms. Taylor to prove you’ve done it. This is a simple way to earn volunteer hours, but can only be done once per month.

Respond to our Monthly Writing Prompt (2 volunteer hours)

Each month, we will post a new writing prompt for you to respond to. Your response should be about 300-500 words and can be emailed to Ms. Taylor (tbeach@rcls.org). In your email, please indicate if you’d like your writing shared on our social media/website/ or newsletter. If you’d like, we can share it anonymously.

June 2022 Writing Prompt:

As the school year comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on what you learned throughout the past year. Thinking about the 2021-2022 school year, reply to the following prompt: One thing I know for sure is….

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