Any bookworms out there? If so, this week’s impact post is for you. If you’re interested in giving back to your community while surrounded by books, books and more books, here’s how to get started:
Research. Visit your local library’s website and look for the volunteer section. Most library volunteer programs have an age requirement, so make sure you meet the age limit before signing up. For example, the Nashville Public Library system accepts volunteers as young as 13 years old.
Sign up. Follow the directions online to sign up as a volunteer. If the application is not available online, visit your local library to ask about any volunteering opportunities that exist and request a written application. Just keep in mind that most libraries will require a parent or guardian to sign a “Teen Volunteer Permission Form,” so it might be helpful to bring someone with signing power with you if you’re under 18.
Decide how you want to help. Reading to kids and tutoring are just a few ways you can get involved as a library volunteer. What interests you most?
Prioritize. We know how busy you guys are, so check-in with your family and friends before deciding how many days you want to volunteer. Most library programs are flexible, and many suggest that teen volunteers commit 1-2 days a week to accommodate all of the other activities you’ve got on your plate.
Have you ever volunteered at a library? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!