The Los Angeles Public Library is proud to host over 2,600 teens as volunteers every year at our 73 locations. Opportunities vary at different locations. Contact the Young Adult Librarian or Senior Librarian at your nearest library about getting involved!

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Teens Leading Change (TLC)

Ages 12-19. Do you have a great idea? Do you want to make a difference in your library, your community, or the world? Start making a change at your library’s Teen Council!

Funded by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, TLC mini grants of $100-$5,000 are given to Teen Council projects related to:

  • Library Advocacy/Information Literacy
  • Cultural / Community Conversations & Archives
  • Know Your Rights,
  • Immigration & Citizenship
  • Net Neutrality / Privacy
  • Voting Rights & Voter Registration

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Teen Council

Ages 12-19. By joining your library’s Teen Council, you will gain valuable 21st-century skills such as leadership, critical thinking, collaboration and civic engagement. Work with your Young Adult Librarian and your peers to:

  • Suggest purchases for the library
  • Plan library programs
  • Implement a Teens Leading Change project
  • Write an article for the Teen Blog
  • Earn community service hours (minimum of 20 hours required)

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Teen Volunteer

Ages 14-19. Teen Volunteers make a difference at their library in a variety of ways and earn community service hours at the same time.

  • Help librarians organize and arrange the teen area
  • Create library displays
  • Work on special projects
  • Be a Homework Helper
  • Assist Friends of the Library at booksales
  • Summer Reading assistance and signups (seasonal)
  • Serving Summer Lunch (seasonal/select branches)

Those who are selected to participate as volunteers or Teen Council members will need to complete a Teen Volunteer Intake Form and must also have their parent or guardian sign a Teen Volunteer Waiver Form. Questions? Please email us or call Volunteer Engagement at (213) 228-7490.