Volunteer

1. Adult volunteers

Adult volunteers (minimum age of 18) must be Scotch Plains residents and Scotch Plains Public Library cardholders in good standing.  

Qualifying adults may inquire any time about volunteering to adopt-a-shelf, coming in once a month to straighten and put in order a section of the Adult Room collection. Volunteers choose a favorite area of  interest and devote an hour or two once a month to its upkeep.  

We also welcome adult volunteers on an “as-needed” basis for work such as shelving library materials and helping set up for occasional  library events.   

Inquire in the Adult Room.

2. Teen Advisory Board (Grades 6-12)

Students grades 6-12 interested in signing up for TAB should fill out an application and turn it in at the reference desk. TAB meetings will be held on the last Monday of every month, and members are required to attend at least four meetings within a year from the time they turn in their application. At the meetings we will discuss upcoming volunteer opportunities and teens can suggest what programs they would like to have offered. Meetings will count as volunteer hours.

TAB members may also sign up for volunteer jobs at the library. There are two types of volunteering for teens. “Regular” volunteers will do tasks like shelving and shelf reading and should sign up for a specific time to come, for example: every Wednesday from 4pm-5pm. “As needed” volunteers may sign up for specific tasks on the job blog as they fit their schedule. Members should sign up for only one as needed task per week, unless otherwise noted. Regular volunteers may also do one additional as needed task per week. This is to ensure all members get an opportunity to volunteer.

See the teen librarian for more information.

Download the application here.

Teen Volunteer Job Blog (Must have an application on file to sign up).

3. Volunteers working with job coaches

The library will consider accepting, on a case-by-case basis, volunteers who will report to work with a job coach or certified employment specialist from an accredited educational institution or agency. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. They must be Scotch Plains residents and Scotch Plains Public Library cardholders in good standing, or members of Scotch Plains Public Library’s Next Chapter Book Clubs.

4.Next Step Library Intern Program

This is a special volunteer opportunity open to a limited number of qualified applicants each year. It affords the opportunity to spend one morning or afternoon working at the library each week (2-3 hours). This program is intended for individuals who have trained at this library with a job coach or certified employment specialist, and are now preparing to volunteer on their own. (over) Applicants must: Be residents of Scotch Plains and Scotch Plains Public Library cardholders in good standing, or members in good standing of one of Scotch Plains Public Library’s Next Chapter Book Clubs. Have worked at this library with a job coach or certified employment specialist affiliated with a state-approved or state-licensed agency for at least six months before applying for Next Step. Have both the job coach’s and the librarian’s (Head of Adult Services) recommendation, based on the coach’s experience with the applicant, and the librarian’s observations, that the applicant can do the job that he/she has trained with the coach for, independently and with minimal assistance or supervision from the library staff. In addition, the applicant’s demeanor must be appropriate to the library.

Next Step interns must bring needed skills and positive attitude to enrich the library, just as they will derive real-life job experience from their work here. An intern’s participation can be curtailed at any time at the determination of the Library Director or Head of Adult Services. Reasons for such action include, but are not limited to, inability to work independently to the degree required for the task, inappropriate behavior that continues after discussion with the intern, excessive absences that adversely affect the completion of assigned work, and neglecting to call to report absences.