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Kids' Stuff: Volunteer

Welcome to the Huntington Beach Children's Library

Teen Volunteers

Huntington Beach Central Library


Teen Volunteers

Huntington Beach Central Library

Children’s Department

7111 Talbert Ave

Huntington Beach Ca 92648

For teen volunteer questions, please contact Christany Edwards at 714-375-5110 or

Monthly Volunteer Opportunities: 

Teen volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 may attend one of our monthly Program Assistant training workshops to learn how to help with the following activities:

Children’s Program Assistance / Prep

Craft Storytime Helper

Lego Club Helper

Star Reader

Teen Advisory Group Membership

Please register to attend next monthly Program Assistant workshop here: October 2nd, 4 PM - 5 PM 

Interested teens must fill out an application and submit it to the Children's Desk before the next monthly workshop. Teens who do not attend the workshop will not be able to volunteer and will not receive credit for requested shifts. After attending the Program Assistant workshop, new teen volunteers may sign up for shifts in the category of their choice, with the exception of shelving. Teens interested in assisting with shelving MUST attend a quarterly Shelving Workshop to eligible for shelving shifts.

Quarterly Shelving Workshops:

Shelving Workshops are offered for new volunteers each quarter, and MUST be attended to sign up for shelving hours. 
Quarters run from September - November, December - February, March - May, and June - August.
Please register to attend the next quarterly Shelving Workshop here: December 4th, 4 PM - 5:30 PM

All interested teens between the ages of 13 – 17 years old will need to register online for the upcoming quarterly training workshop at, Calendar of Events, Teen Volunteer Schedule. New volunteers must submit a application before the next quarter, and must attend that quarterly training workshop. Applications are available online before the workshop and must be turned in to the Children’s Desk before the workshop date. Late applications will not be accepted and teens who do not attend the workshop will not be able to volunteer.  A link with the volunteer time slots will be emailed out each quarter to the teens who attended that workshop.  (Please note that we do not accept Court Ordered Service Volunteers.)


Quarterly Shelving Workshops for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:

Fall Quarter - September 5 at 4:00 PM

Winter Quarter - December 4 at 4:00 PM

Spring Quarter - March 5 at 4:00 PM

Summer Quarter - June 4 at 4:00 PM

Summer Reading Program Volunteers:

Teens who are interested in being a Summer Reading Program volunteer will need to attend a special workshop in June. This training is different from the monthly Program Assistant workshops and is mandatory. Summer Reading Volunteers work at our Reading Program Tables registering people in the reading program, logging reading numbers online, and handing out reading rewards.  Register @, Calendar of Events, Teen Volunteer Schedule starting June 1 for Reading Table time slots.

Homework Club Helper:

Teens who would like to be a Homework Club Helper need to be a second-semester sophomore, junior or senior in High School and have a B+ or higher grade average. Homework Club meets Monday – Wednesday 3:30 – 5:00 during the school year only and does not meet during school breaks.

Teens interested in helping at Homework Club can contact Melissa Ronning at

Volunteer Opportunities

Book Shelver

New volunteers must attend a quarterly shelving workshop before they may sign up for shifts. Workshops are held quarterly in the Tabby Theater. Applications are available online and must be submitted before the quarterly workshop date.

Quarters run:
September - November
December - February
March - May
June - August

Training will include a PowerPoint presentation, tour of the children's department, and an online alphabetizing quiz accessible by smartphone or tablet. Chromebooks and tablets may be made available for those who need them. New teen volunteers will receive one hour volunteer credit for attending. Teens under 18 will need to have a parent sign their volunteer application. Those 18 and older will need to be fingerprinted and cleared before they can begin volunteering.

Contact: Christany Edwards

Craft Storytime Helper

(Thursday at 3:30pm and Saturday at 2:00pm) 
Help children with their craft projects, read aloud to those who finish early, and help clean up after storytime. New craft storytime helpers will need to fill out a volunteer application and submit it before the next monthly workshop. Once they have attended the monthly Program Assistant training workshop, they may to sign up to help.

For applications, contact: Christany Edwards

Homework Club Help

Help children in 1st - 8th grade understand and complete their homework assignments.

Homework Club @ Central Library 

Homework Club @ Oak View Branch

Lego Club Helpers

(Second and Fourth Wednesday of the month, 3:30 pm to 5pm) 
Help set up and take down. Keep Legos sorted and monitor children. New Lego Club Helpers must attend a monthly Program Assistant workshop before volunteering with HBPL. Program Assistant workshops are held monthly in the Tabby Theater. Applications for new volunteers are available online and must be submitted before the next monthly workshop.

Contact: Christany Edwards

Click here to register for Lego Club Helper slots

Story Time and Reading Volunteer program : S.T.A.R.


Read aloud to small groups of children. View a PowerPoint presentation to see what being a STAR reader is all about by clicking here. New volunteers must attend a monthly Program Assistant training workshop before volunteering as a S.T.A.R. reader. Workshops are held monthly in the Tabby Theater. Applications for new volunteers are available online and must be submitted before the next monthly workshop.

Contact: Melissa Ronning

Summer Reading Program

Time Slots become available starting June 1. Help people register for our reading programs at our Prize Table and other summer activities. Prize table slots are 2 hours long. Reading program starts near the end of June and is usually six weeks long. There will be Prize Table training workshops in June. You will be emailed information about your duties in the beginning of June after you have registered. Volunteers must attend a special Summer Reading Program training workshop before volunteering as a Summer Reading Volunteer. Applications for new volunteers are available online, and must be submitted before the date of the Summer Reading Program workshop.

Click here to fill out what slots you want to work during the summer: Prize Table, Branch Reading Program Helpers, Friday Films, Carnival, Final Concert, Special Programs.

Contact: Christany Edwards

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Huntington Beach Public Library
7111 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone 714-842-4481