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Members of the 2016 teen library councilTeen Library Council

What it is:

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.

Application process:

The application process is open sometime in May and June each year.  The top candidates will be contacted for interviews.  After the interview, the teen council advisers and longtime council members will make decisions on who will join the council for the next school year. Applicants will be notified after the interview process.

Library Page

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 Resale positions

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.

teen making summer reading packets

Summer Reading Volunteer

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
  • Distribute prizes
  • Prepare project materials as assigned by librarians


  • Comfortable talking with children and adults
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • 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
Summer Reading 2017 volunteering is closed. Applications for Summer Reading 2018 will be available here in the spring.