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LA PUBLIC LIBRARY WANTS YOU!
Community Service Opportunities for Teens at the Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library is proud and thankful to host over 2,600 teens and tweens (aged 11-19) as volunteers every year at its 73 locations throughout the city of Los Angeles.

The two main ways that teens and tweens may earn community service hours at the library are as members of a library’s Teen Council/Teen Advisory Board or as a Teen Volunteer.

Teen Council/Teen Advisory Board

Members of a library’s Teen Council/Teen Advisory Board must be aged 11-19 and gain job, leadership and social skills by working with library staff to suggest purchases for the library’s teen materials collection and help plan teen programs and displays at the library.  Through this process, Teen Council/Advisory Board members are civicly engaged, gain a sense of ownership of their community library and can earn community service hours.  Many Teen Council/Advisory Board members are also Teen Volunteers.  Participants must volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours.

Teen Volunteers

Teen Volunteers must be aged 14-19 and gain job, leadership and social skills by working with library staff to suggest purchases for the library’s teen materials collection, help plan teen programs and displays at the library, help straighten up the library, work with the branch’s Friends of the Library group or are Student Zone homework assistants.  Through this process, teen volunteers are civicly engaged, gain a sense of ownership of their community library and can earn community service hours.  Many teen volunteers are also teen council/advisory board members.  Participants must volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours.

Being a long-time member of the Teen Council/Advisory Board and/or a teen volunteer is a great addition to students’ college, scholarship, financial aid, and job applications.

Overall, each branch library location has different volunteer needs, so teens interested in completing community service hours should contact the Teen Services Librarian at their local branch to see if there are Teen Volunteer or Teen Council positions available. The Teen Services Librarian will walk the teen or tween through the specific volunteer process at their branch.  Unfortunately, each library has a limited number of volunteer positions available, so not all who apply may be accepted into the program.

Successful applicants accepted into the volunteer program must complete a Volunteer Teen Intake Form provided by the Young Adult Librarian and must also have their parent or guardian sign a Teen Volunteer Waiver Form.