Teens Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the East Brunswick Public Library!

The library understands that students have a required amount of community service hours each year.  We encourage all students to plan ahead and start their volunteer service early!  Unfortunately we cannot accommodate everyone so please carefully review the volunteer programs below and decide which best fits your needs.

Below are ways you can get involved :

 

At The Library

TAG

Our TAG group has always been two-fold with teens joining to gain access to our volunteer opportunities at the library as well as having a say in the library's collection, helping to plan new programs and events, and participating in creative activities.

The majority of the TAG meetings are dedicated to planning teen events at the library.  
TAG members will plan teen events, strategize about community outreach, participate in community service projects and have a say in all things concerning teens at the library. Members will be given the opportunity to join committees to focus on the different aspects of teen participation. 

Teens who wish to volunteer at the library through our childrens programs or other events must attend at least 1 TAG meeting a year to stay on the volunteer email list. 
Volunteer opportunities through TAG include helping with both childrens and adult programs as well as other events throughout the year as needed.  A signup sheet is sent out at the beginning of every month to TAG members and they are able to sign up for whatever events they are interested in and that fit their schedules.

Attendees at all meetings will receive 1 hours of community service and snacks will be provided.

This is your chance to be heard so join TAG this Fall and help make the library yours!

If you have questions about this, please email Jessica Schneider at jschneider@ebpl.org or attend the first TAG meeting of the school year.

TAG meets on the first Monday of every month from 7pm -8pm. For grades 8-12. Snacks!

Time Commitment

TAG meets once a month from September to June each year. There are no TAG meetings in July or August.

One meeting a month for one hour at the minimum.  If you would like to be an active member of TAG and are interested in creating new events for teens, we ask that you commit to attending at least 4 TAG meetings per year. 

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Teen Friends of the Library (TFOL)

Every nonprofit institution needs Friends—and the East Brunswick Public Library is no exception.  The Friends has been an enthusiastic and generous supporter, providing funds beyond the capabilities of The Library’s budget. That longtime partnership has resulted in countless additional programs and purchases of equipment, furnishing and materials, both print and online, that enable the library to offer those “extras” that make the difference. Chances are if you or your family have attended a children’s program, viewed a film, seen a well-known author, learned a new skill, or enjoyed a performance by a musical group at the library, the Friends were involved. 

In 2019 we started the Teen Friends of the Library, an offshoot of our main Friends group for teens who are interested in getting involved in fundraising for the library.

The TFOL works together on events to raise money in conjunction with their advisors from the Friends. 

In order to be an active member of the Teen Friends of the Library you must:

  • Be a student in 8th - 12th grade.
  • Attend at least 5 meetings throughout the year.
  • Attend or assist with at least 3 fundraising activities.

Time Commitmet:

TFOL meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7pm. Members should plan to attend monthly meetings and are expected to commit to additional time to plan and run events. Please see the critieria for active members above.

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Geek League 

Geek League is open to students entering 9th grade and up. Geek League is a volunteer opportunity for those who love technology. With Geek League you’ll help our patrons, from older adults to young children, with their technology questions. If you know everything there is to know about computers, iPads, and more, this program is for you! You need to be patient and friendly and willing to talk to all kinds of people who are looking for help. We have a limited number of new spots each year.

Geek League applications for the 2019-2020 school year are closed. 

Please check back in the spring of 2020 to apply for the next school year.

www.ebplgeek.com 

Time Commitment:

Geek League has multiple schedule slots, most of which include evening and weekend hours. Volunteers sign up for the hours they can attend. See the application for more information.

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Teen Library Connection

The Teen Library Connection Summer Volunteer program (TLC) is for teens entering 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in the Fall.
TLC is going through some changes this year! TLC participants apply to volunteer at the library for part of the summer.
This year TLC aims to facilitate projects that will benefit the community in partnership with the library.  Teens are invited to create their own projects, workshops, events, and more to enrich our community and the student’s own understanding of the library and their world.  The ideal candidate for this summer volunteer program is able to be self-directed but also able to work cooperatively in small groups, is motivated to create and think innovativly, and is enthusiastic about learning and teaching others new things.

If you wish to participate in this program, you must attend one of our information sessions o be eligible for this program and to receive an application. Participants will only receive an application after they have attended an information session. Applications will not be given out to those who do not attend a session

The applications for the 2019 TLC program have now been closed. Check back in the Spring of 2020 for next year's program.

Time Commitment:

A minimum of 18 hours, with 15 hours being completed during the week of June 24th. Additional hours will be as needed and scheduled during the first TLC meeting on May 18th.

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EBPL's First Look

The Teen Department has exclusive pre-release copies of teen books and we want to give you the chance to read them before everyone else!  Earn community service hours (and bragging rights) by reading and reviewing these exciting, soon to be published titles, also known as ARCs (advance reader copies).

Here's how it works:

1. Come to the Teen Space and check out the ARC cabinet.  Pick out one book to borrow at a time.

2. Sign out the book by writing your name, the date, the title of the book you are borrowing, and the number of pages, on the sign out form in the cabinet.  You do not need to check out these books at the circulation desk. * You must ALSO create a volunteer account on our volunteer records site: www.ebpl.org/src in order to log your hours. *

3. Take home your ARC for up to 3 weeks.

4. Write a review to redeem your service hours! Every 100 pages you read = 1 hour of community service.  (ie. a 348 page book = 3 hours of community service but hours may be rounded up depending on the number of pages) Reviews should include information on what the book is about as well as the reviewer's opinion about the book and should make clear to EBPL staff that the reviewer has read the book in full.

5. Submit your review through our website! Find your book at: http://ilove.ebpl.org/teens/ebpls-first-look, hit the Write a Review button, and submit your review.

6. Include your full name so we know who to credit your hours to and make sure to make a note in the review that you are writing for First Look.

5. Return the ARC, leave it in the cabinet and check your name off the list. Feel free to borrow another!

6. Your hours will be logged at www.ebpl.org/src by the EBPL staff.  Hours will only be recorded after a review has been submitted.  Reviews are accepted at the discretion of the librarian.  Email Jessica at jschneider@ebpl.org to arrange for your community service forms to be signed before the end of the school year.

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EBPL's Red Cross Club

This club offers teens a great way to bring important aspects of health and medical care to their own community. Members will be able to help organize, plan, coordinate, and conduct fun programs which will engage everyone in our community. Volunteers will be able to work with people of different age groups and learn new information about health and Red Cross. 

We are open to all high school students who show interest in volunteering with us. We will allow eighth graders to join from Spring. 

This club is great for determined and motivated teens who would like to inform their community about safety and health through appealing programs. 

Any Questions? Please email us at ebplredcross@gmail.com
 

Time Commitment:

Red Cross meets on the first Wednesday of every month and attendees will receive one hour. There will be opportunities to help volunteer at programs or additional planning meetings which can be attended at your discretion. 

If you would like to be committed member of our EBPL Red Cross, it is recommended that you commit to attending at least 5 meetings per year and volunteer for at least 1 event.

 

 

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Opportunities in the Community

 

East Brunswick Youth Council

Students in Grades 9-12 can contact the East Brunswick Youth Council for possible volunteer opportunities. For more information, call the Division of Recreation at (732) 390-6797 or email EBYouthCouncil@aol.com.

Other Ways to Find Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

  • Volunteer Match: Search for volunteer opportunities in East Brunswick with this website that aims to connect passionate volunteers with great opportunities in their community. www.volunteermatch.org
  • Kids Guide NJ lists many volunteer opportunities on their website available throughout New Jersey. http://www.kidsguidenj.com/enrichment/volunteer.html
  • Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) provides a meaningful volunteer experience in a postive, safe environment that is perfect for individuals, families, and groups of almost any size.  Find out more about their volunteer opporuntities here: http://www.cfbnj.org/help/volunteer/ and download their volunteer brochure here: http://www.cfbnj.org/_assets/library/2011/05/CFBNJ_Brochure_Volunteer2015l.pdf
  • The Crisis Room at Aldersgate United Methodist Church serves families in crisis through dedicated community outreach.  Their  food bank and thrift shop are located at 562 Ryders Ln, East Brunswick, NJ. For questions on how to get involved, send them a message through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CrisisRoom
  • Elijah's Promise harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger, and change lives. Find their volunteer opportunities here: http://elijahspromise.volunteerhub.com/events/index
  • The Daisy Association of East Brunswick: The Daisy Association is the major support group for Special Needs Programs that are offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Services. Find out more about volunteering with Daisy here: http://www.eastbrunswick.org/content/202/283/1668/973/1004/default.aspx or contact Janice Tangen-Pennington at 732-236-2588 (cell) or reach her via e-mail at janice.pennington@eastbrunswick.org
  • Girl Scouts of East Brunswick: Teen Girl Scouts can learn new skills, go on great trips, earn community service awards, mentor younger girls and even earn the highest girl award in Girl Scouts, The Gold Award. Teens, grades 9-12, can work with an established troop or as an individual Girl Scout. In either case, teens make their own plan. You decide how you want to be a Girl Scout.  To join go to GSCSNJ.org and click Join Today to sign up on line. (When prompted select the Independent option. An adult volunteer will contact you about troop options if that is your preference.)  For more specific information email EastBrunswickGS@aol.com

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Please come to the Teen Services Desk, email jschneider@ebpl.org, or call (732) 390-6772 if you have any questions.