Volunteering for teens

If you're here, it's because you're interested in giving back to your community. Maybe you want to be a volunteer because you're looking for a fun thing to do in your free time. Maybe you have to volunteer for school. Whatever the reason, we can help you figure out what to do.

Volunteer in the Youth Services Department

If you're in grades 6th–12th, consider being a Youth Services Volunteer! Volunteer assist in programs and help librarians with tasks. To volunteer, you need to fill out the application and return it to the 2nd floor Youth Services Desk. Sample jobs include:

  • Making supplies for storytimes
  • Folding brochures
  • Cleaning, dusting, organizing

Volunteers must promise to do a minimum of 8 hours of volunteering—basically, four 2-hour shifts.

We are no longer accepting Volunteer Applications for the school year volunteer program. This program will return in September.

Join the Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board (aka TAB) is for 7th–12th graders. TAB is where teens come to tell us librarians what the library should be doing for teens like you. We fill each one hour once-a-month meeting with silliness, high energy, snacks to get you talking, and just a little bit of work. Perfect for meeting other teens, TAB will get you hooked and you'll keep showing up.

TAB meets one Thursday a month from 6 - 7 pm in The Commons.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday May 11th from 6 - 7 pm
  • Thursday June 8th from 6 - 7 pm
  • Thursday July 6th from 6 - 7 pm
  • Thursday August 17th from 6 - 7 pm

Make Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Twice a month, The Commons is the place to be to make cards for kids in the hospital. We supply the materials and suggested messages--you supply your creativity and energy. The kids who receive the cards are really grateful so it's a special way to donate your time. Perfect for 6th-12th graders.

Cards for Hospitalized Kids happens one Friday a month from 4-6pm and one Saturday a month from 10am-noon (but you can show up for 30 minutes or the full 2 hours--up to you and your schedule). 

Upcoming sessions:

  • Friday January 13th from 4 - 6 pm
  • Friday February 10th from 4 - 6 pm
  • Friday March 10th from 4 - 6 pm
  • Saturday March 25th from 10 am - noon
  • Friday April 7th from 4 - 6 pm
  • Saturday April 22nd from 10 am - noon
  • Saturday May 20th from 10 am - noon

Don't like these options?

Volunteering is personal. Sure, you might have to volunteer because your parent is telling you to, but you'll get more out of it and have more fun if it's something you care about. One of the great ways you can help in Des Plaines is to join the Des Plaines Youth Commission. You can help out with events for families and other fun opportunities. It's a great way to earn service credit hours for junior high and high school students. Fill out the volunteer registration form on their website and follow the instructions on the form.

Want to see what else is out there? See our list of other volunteer opportunities in the Des Plaines area. These organizations need your help too.

Need court-mandated service hours?

I'm sorry, but the library can't help you earn court mandated service hours. Please see our list of other volunteer opportunities to find organizations you can fulfill your time with.