West Caldwell Public Library accepts volunteers aged 13-18 as part of our growing Teen Advisory Group, literacy programs, tutoring groups, collection maintenance, and tech education programs. Our goal is for young adults to foster connections within the community and develop lifelong skills for prosperous, well-rounded future careers.
The library recommends a limit of no more than 4 volunteer hours a week for young adults.
Ways to Volunteer
- Teen Advisory Group (TAG) – Be a leader in the community by bringing together your friends and creating lasting memories at the library. Our TAG is the catch-all for volunteer opportunities. They approve library programs, share advertising responsibilities, approve future library purchases, and kick-start public campaigns in support of the library. We meet at least once a month on varying evening dates. You must be a part of Teen Advisory Group to volunteer for summer children’s events.Teen Advisory Group meets the last Wednesday of every month. All are welcome!
- Sign-up.com – Want to volunteer a few times to complete your hours? Use our Sign-up.com link to register yourself and a few friends on our volunteer calendar. No extra registration necessary!
- Teens Teach Kids – Build literacy skills with struggling readers in grades K-3rd grade. After training with our Librarian, volunteers will meet once a week with their reader and spend 30-40 minutes with their child practicing reading and writing in English. This program fosters teaching skills, communication, and text analysis.
- Adopt-a-Shelf – Keep the library up to date with Adopt-a-Shelf. This is our most flexible library volunteering program. After completing a training session with the Librarian to learn how the library manages their collection, volunteers will be able to drop in, sign in, and complete volunteer hours independent of special events.
- Build a Program – If you have been part of Teen Advisory Group for at least one year, you can have the option of building your own program at the library. This can be anything from tech education for adults to hosting a playwright workshop for younger kids to facilitating a book club among your peers. Leaders of programs will receive volunteer time for both the prep and duration of their program.
Keep Up to Date
Our Teen Advisory Group meeting minutes are posted online at the Teen Tangent Blog every month. For instant updates on programs and volunteer opportunities, get connected with the Remind App (search: @hsweet) or sign up using this link here.