Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Volunteer opportunities for students from 7th - 12th grade.
A group of teen volunteers

Download a Volunteer Application

To volunteer, fill out the Student Friends application below and return it to the Downtown Library. Please note: Library service hours can not be used for community service required by a judge or court.

Teen Volunteer Application

Teen Volunteer Book Reviewers Program (Virtual)

Volunteer Book Reviewers earn community service hours by writing book reviews for the library's online catalog.

  • Submit your reviews online from anywhere, anytime!
  • Each review counts as 1 hour of community service if approved by Teen Librarian Ari. 
  • Applications are accepted year-round. 

Children's Room Helpers (In-Person)

Children's Room Helpers assist librarians in the Children's section of the library.

  • Tasks may include cleaning books, craft preparation, and other duties as assigned.
  • Flexible scheduling; volunteers sign up for 1-hour shifts.
  • The Downtown Library is no longer accepting Children's Room Helpers applications for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Check back soon for summer volunteer opportunities!

Teen Advisory Group (In-Person):

Help the library better serve you while earning community service hours.
  • Help plan teen library events, recommend books and music for the library, meet new friends, and more!  
  • The TAG meets the first Wednesday of each month from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM in the Teen Room (Downtown Library, 2nd Floor).  
  • No application or commitment required.
  • All teens are welcome to attend.  
Teen Librarian Ari will keep a log of each volunteer's hours. If you need a letter verifying your hours or have a form/log that needs to be signed, please email Ari at ariana.nussbaum@hayward-ca.gov.