Junior Volunteer Program

About the Program


The Junior Volunteer program at the Hingham Public Library is a community service opportunity for children and youth ages 12 – 17. The Junior Volunteer program provides valuable educational experience and supports the operation of the children and young adult services department at the Hingham Public Library. The Junior Volunteer program gives participants the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the services, organization and operation of public libraries
  • Develop general office and library skills
  • Contribute to the community

What Junior Volunteers Do


Junior Volunteers assist the library staff in the following ways:
  • Straighten shelves (books, movies, toys, etc.) 
  • Create fun and engaging displays
  • Stamp date-due cards
  • Prepare craft materials 
  • Perform general office tasks

Service Terms


Junior Volunteers serve the library up to two hours per week for the duration of a service term. A service term is approximately 14 weeks. The Spring service term runs January 30 - May 25, 2017. We follow the Hingham Public Schools calendar and observe all school breaks, holidays, and emergency cancellations.

Training & Supervision

Junior Volunteers receive two hours of training at the beginning of their service term.  They also have ongoing supervision by an adult member of the library staff.

Expectations

Junior Volunteers are expected to arrive on time and to call ahead of time if they are not able to be there for their shift. Junior volunteers should be able to work independently with supervision in order to complete their assignments.

Application Process


The Children’s and Youth Services Department accepts (8) Junior Volunteers each service term. 

Children and youth who wish to become Junior Volunteers apply by filling out an application form. Candidates then meet with a library supervisor for a short information session. Applications for Spring 2016 are available at the Main Desk or the Children's Desk. Applications are due by January 19, 2017.