Volunteering

The Bernardsville Public Library provides volunteer opportunities to high school students in grades 9-12 throughout the year. There are also monthly volunteer dates for middle school students in grades 5-8. Please check the newsletter, online calendar and teen welcome page for specific volunteer dates and times.

School Year Volunteers: During the school year we generally offer hour-long volunteer sessions twice per month. Registration is not required; however, students are asked to arrive promptly, sign in and remain for the entire hour. All students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 are welcome to participate in our scheduled volunteer sessions for middle school and high school. Due to the large number of people who want to volunteer, we cannot accommodate individual schedule requests. We occasionally have opportunities to assist with special events, however. Experienced student volunteers will be contacted via email as needed for special events. Time totals for BHS and BMS students were emailed to the schools by the library at the end of the school year in June. Summer volunteers’ time will be totaled and emailed directly to BHS in the fall, and will be applied to the 2017/18 school year.

Summer Volunteers: We encourage students who want to get a head start on their community service hours to volunteer during the summer. We have extensive opportunities during the summer with many time slots available. To the extent possible, we try to work around vacation, camp and other commitments students have. Students entering Gr. 9-12 are invited to be Summer Volunteers and are required to attend one 30 minute training session in late June.

Youth Services Volunteer Job Description
Under the direction and supervision of the Youth Services Librarian or a Youth Services Assistant, Youth Services Volunteers help to prepare craft projects or story time props; use the photocopy and Ellison machines; dust shelves, inventory games and book kits; and add and remove stickers on books. Some volunteers may provide assistance during busy Library programs. Summer volunteers help patrons log their reading hours, hand out prizes and assist with setting up and taking down tables, chairs, and materials for programs.

A Bernardsville Public Library Youth Services Volunteer must:
• Be in grades 9-12. (summer volunteers should be entering gr. 9-12)
• Be able to use scissors, color, outline or trace, and assemble sample craft projects.
• Be able to follow written and verbal directions.
• Be able to arrive promptly and attend the entire volunteer session.
• Be able to attend training sessions as necessary.
• Call the Library when they are unable to report for volunteer service.