There are a lot of special things happening during the summer at Denver Public Libraries and teen volunteers can help make them a success! Are you 12-18 years old? Are you looking for a fun way to give back to your community? Try volunteering at your local branch library!
As a library volunteer, some of the activities you may be able to help with include: the Summer of Reading program, crafts or gaming activities, or helping to shelve library materials. However, not all branches accept volunteers – check this web page to see if the branches near you have a teen volunteer program. Several branches also have teen advisory boards where you can give the librarians input on library services for those in grades 6-12.
I started volunteering at the Denver Public Library in February of 2010. I had just finished my first semester of my third year at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and had decided to take a leave of absence for the Spring semester. I needed to do something with myself during my time off because I didn’t want to only laze around (though I had plans to do some of that).
It was important to me that I pursued my interests: tutoring, working with kids, and continuing to learn. The library seemed like a good first stop. Ultimately, I accomplished my goal of tutoring and working with kids instead by volunteering with Denver Public Schools, but I also volunteered at the two nearest library branches to me at the time: Ross-University Hills and Eugene Field.
UPDATE: Thank you to all of the wonderful applicants we've seen as a result of this blog post. We are currently at capacity, and will not be accepting more Docent applications at this time. Check back later!
At DPL, “Docent” is a fancy word for a highly-trained volunteer with special skills, and here at the Community Technology Center, docents are basically the glue that holds the place together.
They teach one-on-one lessons to customers who need help with topics like email, internet searching, word processing and job seeking, as well as downloading music and even advanced topics like designing websites. They also work the help desk with staff, answering phones and customer questions with intelligence, courtesy and a healthy sense of humor. Some docents even teach classes.