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 Volunteering (Grades 6-12)
There are two different ways for Scotch Plains and Fanwood students in grades 6-12 to volunteer at the Scotch Plains Public Library. All Teen volunteers must complete submit an application, complete an interview and attend two mandatory training sessions before they begin volunteering.
A. Teen Advisory Board
The first way is by signing up for the library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Students who are interested should fill out an application and turn it in at the Youth Services Desk. TAB members help plan and implement programs for youth and give their feedback on services offered to teens. Members earn volunteer hours through participating in meetings, assisting in library events and through writing book reviews (a total of 12 hours per calendar year may be earned. Each review counts as 1 hour).
TAB meetings will be held monthly on Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted, and members are required to attend at least 6 meetings within a year from the time they turn in their applications in order to remain active. New members may apply at any time!
B. Teen Volunteers
The second way is by becoming a Teen Volunteer. Students who need to complete required community service hours or are interested in helping out at the library are welcome to sign up during the first week of each quarter of the year (January 2-January 10, April 1-April 10, July 1-July 10 or October 1-October 9).
There are several types of volunteer work. We have reoccurring weekly shifts, monthly, shifts and as-needed shifts available.
Weekly volunteers will be assigned tasks such as shelving recently returned titles or shelf reading during a specific time, for example: every Wednesday from 4pm-4:30pm. As-needed and monthly volunteers may sign up for specific tasks such as craft preparation or program help. Volunteers should sign up for only one as needed task per week, unless otherwise noted. Weekly volunteers may sign up for one additional as-needed task per week. This is to ensure all volunteers have an opportunity to contribute. Please note that due a high volume of applicants, weekly positions are not guaranteed and are given out on a first come, first served basis.
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.