Questions? Email Teen Librarian Lisa Kellar at [email protected] for more information.

What is Kent Free Library’s Teen Volunteer Program?

Our Teen Volunteer Program is an opportunity for teens to volunteer at the library during the summer to earn volunteer hours and gain work experience.

Why should I apply to become a Teen Volunteer?

Teen Volunteers will get the opportunity to:

  • Earn volunteer hours that look great on college applications
  • Gain valuable work experience that can bolster resumes
  • Learn how to be better communicators and professionals
  • Make new friends

What work will Teen Volunteers do at the library?

Teen Volunteers will be responsible for assisting with the 2024 Summer Read by handing out and checking reading records, distributing participation prizes and grand prize tickets, and helping to answer basic questions about the 2024 Summer Read.

How do I become a Teen Volunteer?

To become a volunteer, you must fill out an application and receive acceptance. You can fill out an application online here or come to Kent Free Library and ask for one from the Information Desk in the Children’s Room located on the 2nd floor. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

To be eligible to be a Teen Volunteer, you must be:

  • In grades 9-12 or a 2024 high school graduate
  • Committed and available to work two-hour shifts, up to twice a week
  • Polite, friendly, and comfortable working and communicating with people
  • Able to demonstrate professionalism in your interactions, behavior and dress
  • Responsible and punctual

When are applications due?

Applications are due by Friday, May 10, 2024.

How do I find out more about the Teen Volunteer Program?

We will have an informational meeting on the Teen Volunteer Program at Kent Free Library on Thursday, April 18th at 6pm.

How will I receive training to be a Teen Volunteer?

We will hold an orientation and training meeting for accepted volunteers on Monday, May 13th at 6pm. 

To become a Teen Volunteer, you must agree to the following rules:

  1.  I will do the best I can to work the shifts that I have agreed to work. If I cannot make it to a shift, I will call the Youth Services Department as soon as possible and email Teen Librarian Lisa Kellar to notify her of my absence. Multiple missed shifts will result in expulsion from the program.
  2. I will be courteous and polite to patrons, library staff, and other teen volunteers. I will provide good customer service and assist patrons with kindness and respect.
  3. I will serve in a way that reflects positively on myself and Kent Free Library by demonstrating professionalism in my interactions, behavior, and dress. This includes prioritizing helping patrons, avoiding inappropriate language and conversation, and abstaining from cell phone use during shifts.
  4. I will adhere to Kent Free Library policies at all times.

Breaking one or more of these rules may result in revocation of volunteer status.