The Seattle Public Library offers a limited number of volunteer opportunities for high school students who are at least 14 years old. Teen volunteers develop new skills and gain practical library experience as well as learn about the Library's mission and services.
Teen volunteers are asked to provide volunteer services for two to eight hours per month for at least three months. The time commitment will depend on the Library's needs and the volunteer's availability. Volunteers are assigned to branches and the Central Library during public hours.
The duties of teen volunteers vary at different locations. Examples include:
- Perform clerical tasks, including boxing donated books for the Friends of The Seattle Public Library's book sales.
- Write teen book reviews or short articles that may be displayed in the Library and/or posted on the Library's Teens Web page, blogs or social networking sites.
- Design posters and displays to encourage teens to read.
- Help Library staff plan and host programs and events, including programs celebrating Teen Read Week, Banned Books Week, National Poetry Month and African-American History Month.
- Greet and usher families who are participating in special events.
- Help the Library maintain attractive grounds. Teams of volunteers are welcome to work with Library staff to pull weeds, rake leaves and pick up litter at branches, April through October.
Volunteer Application & Orientation Process
A limited number of volunteer positions are available for high school students. Students are advised to apply for volunteer openings early in the school year. You can download and complete a volunteer application, which you can deliver to the Volunteer Liaison at your local branch or the Teen Center at the Central Library. You will be contacted if there are volunteer openings. Library staff will interview selected applicants and provide an orientation to the Library for new volunteers.
Qualifications & Skills:
High school students must be at least 14 years old to be considered for volunteer openings at the Library. Qualifications and skills include:
- Flexibility: willingness to perform a variety of projects and tasks.
- Communication and listening skills: willingness to ask questions if projects/tasks are unclear.
- Dependability: willingness to complete assigned projects/tasks and fulfill volunteer commitment.
- Ability to follow instructions, work independently and focus on fairly detailed tasks.
- Ability to work cooperatively as a team with other volunteers and staff members.
- Respect for diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions and values.
For More Information:
Please contact the Volunteer Liaison at your local branch or the Teen Center at the Central Library to ask about volunteer openings.
Because it may not be possible to complete 60 hours of service at the Library, high school students are advised to provide volunteer services at various organizations. These websites provide information about volunteer opportunities for teens:
Download an Volunteer Application for High School Students