Teen Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the East Brunswick Public Library!

The library understands that students have a required amount of community service hours each year.  We encourage all students to plan ahead and start their volunteer service early!  Unfortunately we cannot accommodate everyone so please carefully review the volunteer programs below and decide which best fits your needs.

Below are ways you can get involved :


At The Library

On-going Monthly Teen Volunteering Opportunities at the Library

If you are interested in becoming a teen volunteer for our monthly childrens and adult programs or special events, you now must attend one of three volunteer meetings throughout the school year.

These meetings will take place in conjunction with our monthly TAG meetings and will be held on:

  • September 11th, 2017, at 7pm
  • December 5th, 2017, at 7pm
  • March 6th, 2018, at 7pm

Teens who wish to volunteer will not be able to do so without attending one of the meetings listed above.  After attending the meetings, volunteers will receive monthly emails with volunteer opportunities as well as updates before each volunteer meeting to make sure they wish to continue volunteering.

All volunteer communications are done over email, teens must provide an email address they check regularly to receive the monthly volunteer opportunities.

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Our TAG group has always been two-fold with teens joining to gain access to our volunteer opportunities at the library as well as having a say in the library's collection, helping to plan new programs and events, and participating in creative activities.

For the 2017-2018 school year, most TAG meetings will be on the FIRST TUESDAY of the month. Please check the calendar for more information.

The majority of TAG meetings throughout the year are for members who want to become more involved in the Teen Department at the library. 

TAG members will plan teen events, strategize about community outreach, participate in community service projects and have a say in all things concerning teens at the library. Members will be given the opportunity to join committees to focus on the different aspects of teen participation. 

Attendees at all meetings will receive 1 hours of community service and snacks will be provided.

This is your chance to be heard so join TAG this Fall and help make the library yours!

If you have questions about this new format, please email Jessica Schneider at jschneider@ebpl.org or attend the first TAG meeting of the school year.

TAG meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 7pm -8pm. For grades 7-12. Snacks!

Time Commitment

One meeting a month for one hour at the minimum.  We ask that you commit to attending at least 4 TAG meetings per year. 

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Geek League 

Geek League is open to students entering 9th grade and up. Geek League is a volunteer opportunity for those who love technology. With Geek League you’ll help our patrons, from older adults to young children, with their technology questions. If you know everything there is to know about computers, iPads, and more, this program is for you! You need to be patient and friendly and willing to talk to all kinds of people who are looking for help. We have a limited number of new spots each year.

Geek League applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now open! Click the link below to apply. Applications are due by June 30th.


Time Commitment:

Geek League has multiple schedule slots, most of which include evening and weekend hours. Volunteers sign up for the hours they can attend. See the application for more information.

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Dobby's Favorite Sock - EBPL's Harry Potter Alliance Chapter:

We are an army of teen fans, activists, nerdfighters, teenagers, wizards and muggles dedicated to fighting for social justice with the greatest weapon we have-- love. We take themes we find in popular YA books, movies, and more and use them to improve the world we live in. If you want to find out more about the Harry Potter Alliance and our meetings, email dobbysfavoritesock@gmail.com for more information. Or attend one of our meetings listed on the calendar!

Time Commitment:

As scheduled. At least one meeting per month for one hour, more if a program or event or campaign is being planned.  For more information, please contact Teen Services Librarian Jessica Schneider at: jschneider@ebpl.org or our chapter organizers at: dobbysfavoritesock@gmail.com

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Teen Library Connection

The Teen Library Connection Summer Volunteer program (TLC) is for teens entering 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in the Fall.
TLC is going through some changes this year! TLC participants apply to volunteer at the library for part of the summer.
This year TLC aims to facilitate projects that will benefit the community in partnership with the library.  Teens are invited to create their own projects, workshops, events, and more to enrich our community and the student’s own understanding of the library and their world.  The ideal candidate for this summer volunteer program is able to be self-directed but also able to work cooperatively in small groups, is motivated to create and think innovativly, and is enthusiastic about learning and teaching others new things.
This year there are mandatory attendance dates of May 19th for a pre-planning meeting, and June 25th - June 29th for a week of prep.  Other dates will be up to the volunteer groups and the TLC coordinators but will only be held between July 9th and August 6th. If you wish to participate in this program, you must attend one of our information sessions (dates listed below) to be eligible for this program and to receive an application. 

April 5th @ 4:00pm
April 17th @ 7:00pm
April 21st @ 3:00pm
April 23rd @ 7:00pm


Time Commitment:

A minimum of 18 hours, with 15 hours being completed during the week of June 25th. Additional hours will be as needed and scheduled during the first TLC meeting on May 19th.

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EBPL's First Look

The Teen Department has exclusive pre-release copies of teen books and we want to give you the chance to read them before everyone else!  Earn community service hours (and bragging rights) by reading and reviewing these exciting, soon to be published titles, also known as ARCs (advance reader copies).

Here's how it works:

1. Come to the Teen Space and check out the ARC cabinet.  Pick out one book to borrow at a time.

2. Sign out the book by writing your name, the date, the title of the book you are borrowing, and the number of pages, on the sign out form in the cabinet.  You do not need to check out these books at the circulation desk. * You must ALSO create a volunteer account on our volunteer records site: www.ebpl.org/src in order to log your hours. *

3. Take home your ARC for up to 3 weeks.

4. Write a review to redeem your service hours! Every 100 pages you read = 1 hour of community service.  (ie. a 348 page book = 3 hours of community service)  Keep your reviews under 250 words, give it a rating out of 5 stars, and email your review to jschneider@ebpl.org. Be aware that your reviews will be posted online, watch this space for more information on where they will appear!  Your email should include your full name as well as your review.

5. Return the ARC, leave it in the cabinet and check your name off the list. Feel free to borrow another!

6. Your hours will be logged at www.ebpl.org/src by the EBPL staff.  Hours will only be recorded after a review has been submitted.  Reviews are accepted at the discretion of the librarian.  Email Jessica at jschneider@ebpl.org to arrange for your community service forms to be signed before the end of the school year.

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Opportunities in the Community


East Brunswick Youth Council

Students in Grades 9-12 can contact the East Brunswick Youth Council for possible volunteer opportunities. For more information, call the Division of Recreation at (732) 390-6797 or email EBYouthCouncil@aol.com.

Other Ways to Find Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

  • Volunteer Match: Search for volunteer opportunities in East Brunswick with this website that aims to connect passionate volunteers with great opportunities in their community. www.volunteermatch.org
  • Kids Guide NJ lists many volunteer opportunities on their website available throughout New Jersey. http://www.kidsguidenj.com/enrichment/volunteer.html
  • Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) provides a meaningful volunteer experience in a postive, safe environment that is perfect for individuals, families, and groups of almost any size.  Find out more about their volunteer opporuntities here: http://www.cfbnj.org/help/volunteer/ and download their volunteer brochure here: http://www.cfbnj.org/_assets/library/2011/05/CFBNJ_Brochure_Volunteer2015l.pdf
  • The Crisis Room at Aldersgate United Methodist Church serves families in crisis through dedicated community outreach.  Their  food bank and thrift shop are located at 562 Ryders Ln, East Brunswick, NJ. For questions on how to get involved, send them a message through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CrisisRoom
  • Elijah's Promise harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger, and change lives. Find their volunteer opportunities here: http://elijahspromise.volunteerhub.com/events/index
  • The Daisy Association of East Brunswick: The Daisy Association is the major support group for Special Needs Programs that are offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Services. Find out more about volunteering with Daisy here: http://www.eastbrunswick.org/content/202/283/1668/973/1004/default.aspx or contact Janice Tangen-Pennington at 732-236-2588 (cell) or reach her via e-mail at janice.pennington@eastbrunswick.org
  • Girl Scouts of East Brunswick: Teen Girl Scouts can learn new skills, go on great trips, earn community service awards, mentor younger girls and even earn the highest girl award in Girl Scouts, The Gold Award. Teens, grades 9-12, can work with an established troop or as an individual Girl Scout. In either case, teens make their own plan. You decide how you want to be a Girl Scout.  To join go to GSCSNJ.org and click Join Today to sign up on line. (When prompted select the Independent option. An adult volunteer will contact you about troop options if that is your preference.)  For more specific information email EastBrunswickGS@aol.com

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Please come to the Teen Services Desk, email jschneider@ebpl.org, or call (732) 390-6772 if you have any questions.