Volunteer With Us!

Give back your community, help foster literacy and make great friends! Become a VolunTeen!

Summer 2017 VolunTeen applications will be available May 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. through May 15, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Applications are online only.

The Allen Public Library welcomes the help of VolunTeens with a variety of volunteer opportunities for students ages 13 to 18.  VolunTeens are selected twice a year: in May for summer positions and in August for school year positions.

Due to the number of applicants, we cannot accept every teen who applies. Candidates will be considered based on prior experience, qualifications and compatibility with Library schedule and needs.

Important Upcoming Dates:
May 8 - May 15, 2017: Summer 2017 VolunTeen applications accepted
June 3, 2017: Summer VolunTeen orientation

Please see the tabs below for frequently asked questions and additional volunteer opportunities with other community organizations.

  1. FAQs
  2. Volunteer in the community
Q: How old do I have to be to be a VolunTeen?
A: School Year 2016 - 2017 VolunTeens must be 13 by September 1, 2016 and no older than 18. Summer 2017 VolunTeens must be 13 by June 1, 2017 and no older than 18.

Q: What to VolunTeens do?

A: Children’s Aides come in once a week to help prep crafts for Library events. Story Time Aides assist librarians during a weekly story times – some duties include using puppets, prepping for crafts and mirroring the librarian to help children follow along. Special Event VolunTeens provide assistance during Library programs. For a list of our Special Events, please see the calendar on our website.

Q: I am not comfortable working with children. Do you have any other positions available that do not require working with children?
A: At this time, all VolunTeen positions require working with children, tweens, teens and adults.

Q: I have applied before and didn’t get a position. Should I apply again?

A: Yes. We have a limited number of positions. Please keep applying each session and make sure to write in your application that you have applied before.

Q: How do I improve my chances of getting a position?
A: Please fill out your application completely, giving us as much information about your interests and skills as possible. Letting us know more about you helps us to place you in an appropriate volunteer position.

Q: I’m not really outgoing. Can I still be a VolunTeen?
A: Working with the public is a learned skill. If you are willing to learn, we want to help you and we will help you become a great VolunTeen!
If you have any questions, please contact VolunTeen Coordinator Amy Pagan by email at apagan@cityofallen.org.