Volunteers help support Summer Reading by registering readers, distributing prizes to program finishers, and supporting library events. For ages 12-18. Summer Reading applicants must be at least 12 years old by June 1 of the current year and must have completed sixth grade.
Time Commitment: The Summer Reading Program runs June 1 and Aug. 31. Volunteers commit to one regular weekly shift for at least 8 weeks. Many volunteers do more.
Shifts are two hours in length:
Monday-Friday, between 10am and 8pm
Saturday, between 10am and 5pm
Sunday, between 12pm and 5 pm.
Explain the Summer Reading Program to patrons and enroll them in the program
Keep accurate records
Prepare project materials as assigned by librarians
Comfortable talking with children and adults
Mature, pleasant, professional
Able to follow instructions, work independently, and stay on task for duration of shift
Able to perform detail work with hands (writing clearly, collating materials carefully, etc.)
Able to arrange own transportation to and from library
Established in 2009, the teen library council offers teens in grades 6–12 the opportunity to have input in the way the library serves teens. The council meets the second Monday of every month from 5 PM to 6:30 p.m during the school year. Most months, we meet at the Cedar Mill Library, but we occasionally meet at our Bethany location. Meeting attendance and participation in events are mandatory.
What TLC members do:
Plan, promote, and help out with teen library programs.
Attend monthly TLC meetings
Recommend books, movies, music & video games to library staff.
Recommend teen collections to the public with displays, book reviews, podcasts and social media posts.
Promote the library to their peers in person, on social media, with videos and through outreach.
Help judge art contests.
In May and June, an application goes out in our libraries and online. Applicants fill it out and sign up for an interview when they return it. After the interview, the teen council advisors and longtime council members will make decisions on who will join the council for the next school year. Applicants will be notified in August.
Shelving is one of the most important volunteer jobs at the Cedar Mill libraries. It is physical as well as mental work, and a great way to get started as a library volunteer. All other opportunities in the Circulation Department build on skills learned in this position. Be part of the team that keeps the library neat and in order so that patrons can find the materials they are looking for.
Responsibilities: Shelve library materials; maintain neat and orderly shelves.
Qualifications: Must be at least 14 years old. Must follow direction well. Able to concentrate and pay strict attention to details. Able to alphabetize and organize. Able to lift books and push book carts. Bending, kneeling and stretching required. Must be able to work independently after being trained.
Commitment: One 2-hour shift weekly for a minimum of 6 months.
Second Edition is an upscale resale shop, a fundraiser that directly supports the library. It is an excellent place to gain vital job skills and experience. Learn to run a cash register and credit card reader, how to deliver great customer service, and how to sort, price and display merchandise. One 3-hour shift weekly for a minimum of 6 months is required.
Cashiers ring up sales; keep the shop looking clean, organized and inviting; and provide friendly customer service.
Responsibilities: Greet customers, answer questions; ring up sales using the cash register and credit card machine; hang up clothes; light dusting and cleaning.
Qualifications: Cashiers must be at least 15 years old; be able to stand for the 3-hour shift; be able to interact pleasantly with customers; use the cash register once trained; be accurate; have good verbal skills.
Commitment: One 3-hour shift weekly for a minimum of 6 months.