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TeenSpace: Volunteering

Your guide to all things teen at the Huntington Beach Public Library!

Want to get more invovled with the Huntington Beach Public Library and earn valuable volunteer experience?

There are multiple opportunities available at our Central LibraryOak View Branch, and Main Street Branch!

If you're looking for other ways to help out our City, there are more volunteer opportunities available in the HB Community Opportunities tab.

Open Volunteer Opportunities

Duration: As needed to photograph library events & activities
Hours Earned: Variable; as needed for library events
Eligibility: all teen volunteers ages 13+ with some photography experience

Take photos of library events and activities for use in library social media campaigns, advertisements, marketing materials, or grants. This is a chance to practice your photography skills at fun library events for kids, teens, and adults while earning valuable volunteer service credit! Teens with a passion or interest in photography and some experience with taking/editing photos are encouraged to apply.
Questions? Please email Christany, the Teen Services Librarian
How to Apply: Fill out an online volunteer interest form, and wait to be contacted with your next steps.


Teen Seed Library Volunteers at the Huntington Beach Public LibraryDuration: 3rd Saturday of Every Month, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hours Earned: 3 hours per session
Eligibility: all teen volunteers ages 13+

The library welcomes teen volunteers to contribute to our Seed Library by sorting and packaging the seeds donated to the library. This is an important job, as the library cannot replenish their supply of seed packets without having new seeds labeled and packed for circulation in the community. Your job will involve labeling seed cards and packaging seeds according to the samples given. Your handwriting must be clear and legible.
Questions about the Seed Library? Please email Cynthia Flores
How to Apply: F
ill out a Seed Library Volunteer Application and email it to Christany, the Teen Services Librarian.


Eligibility: all teen volunteers ages 13+
The "Teens Teach" volunteer program provides opportunities for teens to take charge and lead an activity or event at the Huntington Beach Public Library! Pitch your program idea to our Teen Services staff, who will work with applicants on the logistics of making their suggestion a reality. We encourage applicants to consider sharing a special skill with other teens, or host an event that brings teens together or provides an educational experience. Previous teen volunteers have taught a needlefelting basics workshop, hosted an Open Mic Night, and even run a Super Smash Bros library tournament. The possibilities are as unique as your interests and experiences!
Duration & Hours Earned: Variable; dependent on the program / activity you pitch to us
Questions? Please email Christany, the Teen Services Librarian
How to Apply: Fill out the online program pitch form, and wait to be contacted by our Teen Services Librarian


The Huntington Beach Central Library's Teen Action GroupOnline applications for the 2022-2023 Teen Action Group are open!
Duration: Teen Action Group members will be expected to attend monthly meetings and contribute to TAG events from October 2022 - August 2023. Meetings are typically on the 1st Saturday of the month, from 1pm to 3pm, but may be adjusted based on group needs.

Hours Earned: 2 hours per meeting attended; variable hours for preparing & running TAG events
Eligibility: open to all teens 13+  (25 teens will be selected for yearly membership)

Want to help make the Huntington Beach Public Library a more fun, engaging, and inclusive place for teens? The Teen Action Group is a team of local teen volunteers who are responsible for brainstorming, developing, and running library programs and events for teens with guidance from the Teen Services Librarian. This is a great leadership position that requires a commitment to attend and participate in monthly TAG meetings, and to contribute your ideas and energy towards improving the library experience for teens. Past TAG events have included a Halloween escape room - developed and run entirely by TAG members! - as well as Summer Reading programs like an Open Mic Night.
Questions about TAG? Please email Christany Edwards, the Teen Services Librarian
How to Apply: Please fill out the online application to indicate your interest. A maximum of 25 teens will be selected to join the 2022-2023 Teen Action Group team, and will be invited to join our monthly TAG meetings.


Online applications for 2022 Fall Teen Maker Coaches are now open!
Duration: Fall Teen Maker Coaches will volunteer between September 1st to January 31st

Hours Earned: variable, as scheduled with the Makerspace Coordinator
Eligibility: open to teens ages 15+

Teen Maker Coaches are responsible for providing excellent customer service while assisting adult and teen library visitors with the use of the Central Library's Makerspace technology and equipment, including 3D printers, TinkerCAD software, sewing and embroidery machines, Cricut machines, and Glowforge laser engraver. No experience is required to apply - we'll teach you everything you need to know in order to use all of the above tech safely and responsibly so you can assist others with doing the same!
Questions about the Makerspace? Please email Ron Krasnitz, the Makerspace Coordinator
How to Apply: Please fill out the online application, and wait to be contacted with your next steps

Hours Earned: 1 hour
Eligibility: open to ages 13+

Help out at the Main Street Branch Library with our monthly Lego Club for kids ages 4-9! Lego Club is held the first Friday of every month. Each club session will feature a different Lego building challenge, as well as free building time. Your job will be to help set out / clean up Legos for the program, supervise kids as they build and play, and help them out with their builds. You can also suggest fun building challenges for future clubs!
How to Apply: Fill out a Main Street Teen Volunteer Application and email it to the Main Street Branch Manager, or drop by the branch to pick up a paper application.

Questions? Please email Erin Spivey, the Main Street Branch Manager

Duration: Weekly, September through June. Mondays,  Tuesdays, Thursdays - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Wednesdays - 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Hours Earned: 3 hours per session
Eligibility: High school volunteers in grades 9 - 12

Help school age children in Kindergarten through 8th grade with their homework assignments after school on Mondays - Thursdays. You will not be required to volunteer each day unless you are available to do so. Your support of local students will make a difference!
How to Apply: Fill out an Oak View Teen Volunteer Application and email it to the Oak View Homework Club Coordinator, or drop by the branch to pick up a paper application.
Questions? Please email the Oak View Homework Club Coordinator


Hours Earned: variable, on an as-needed basis
Eligibility: open to ages 14+

Library pages straighten shelves, return books to their rightful places, and help library visitors locate items. You will need to pass a test of your alphabetizing and Dewey Decimal knowledge to be considered for this opportunity.
How to Apply: Fill out an Oak View Teen Volunteer Application and email it to the Oak View Branch Manager, or drop by the branch to pick up a paper application.
Questions? Please email Claudia Locke, the Oak View Branch Manager

 

Teen Volunteering at the Shipley Nature Center
Duration:
 2nd Saturday of Every Month, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hours Earned: 2 hours per session
Eligibility: all teen volunteers ages 14+ (teens under the age of 14 must volunteer with a responsible adult)

Come and make some new friends while helping to beautify the Shipley Nature Center in HB's Central Park! You will be trained how to safely perform various tasks such as trail maintenance, sign renovation, and weed removal. These tasks ensure the health of the habitat and the safety of the visitors. Friendly volunteers with good people skills may also be needed to assist with visitor greeting services, leading kids activiites, or becoming junior docents on tours of the nature center. We appreciate your time and interest in our mission of providing outdoor education and native habitat conservation!
What to Bring: Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes, bring your own work gloves, and consider wearing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and long sleeves/pants for protection. Bring a water bottle so that you stay hydrated for the 2 hours of volunteering. We have a water refill station onsite for your convenience. All tools will be provided.
Location: 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach CA 92647 (Directions

Questions about Shipley Nature Center? Visit shipleynature.org/volunteer or email info@shipleynature.org
How to Apply: F
ill out an online application (and waiver for volunteers under 18) and email it to info@shipleynature.org


Meet the Teen Services Librarian


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