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Teen Volunteer Program

The Library is pleased to have a thriving Teen Volunteer Program, based out of our exciting newly redesigned  Teen Zone.

Volunteering at the library is a great way to start or expand a resume, get reference letters, earn course credit (ask your school volunteer program leaders about this), learn new skills, develop new hobbies, meet new friends, and fulfill volunteerism graduation requirements.

This program is run by teens for teens. Training, support, snacks and refreshments are offered by staff and experienced volunteers. For more information, contact the Teen Program Coordinator.

Teen volunteer intake is January and September each year.
If interested, please consider applying online by clicking here.

Many positions require no previous experience and training is provided. Some responsibilities of teen library volunteers may include:

  • Young adult book selection
  • Storywalk monitoring
  • Test driving tech toys
  • Videography/photography
  • Planning and hosting events for teens
  • Shelving and book display creation
  • Special, self-directed projects
  • Planning and hosting events for younger kids, adults, or seniors
  • Assisting the Fab Lab facilitators with public programming
  • Contributing to SSIL’s teen blog, Instagram, Spotify or Tik Tok presence online
  • Providing tutoring or one-on-one reading support
  • Planning and facilitating interesting ways to read stories to children
  • Assisting with children’s events
  • Decorating the library for holidays and special occasions
  • Promoting teen programs in local schools
  • Creating promotional materials for teen events

There’s room for your friends to volunteer with you!  Many program members regularly volunteer in pairs or groups.  Volunteering is a great first step towards a career in libraries (among many other professions)  If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities that will benefit our community, your resume, your social life and your skill set, in a beautiful setting with an awesome team, the Salt Spring Island Library Teen Volunteer Program wants to hear from YOU!