Teen Volunteer Opportunities


Click the Headings below to expand (Summer Volunteers, TAB Auxiliary, Teen Advisory Board (TAB), TAB Requirements, etc.) for additional information.

Applications for 2018-19 are available below.

  • TAB Auxiliary Application – Applications accepted year-round, but teens are active only from mid-August to May. Teens may be offered limited opportunities during the summer. Registration is always open.
  • TAB application – Accepted only during August 1-25 each year.
  • Tutor application: Homework Help K-6 – accepted only mid-August- midSeptember each year.
  • 2019 Summer Volunteers: Online registration will open 4/1 each year. It closes after 100 sign up.
    Printable Teen Volunteer Releases & 2019 Planning Calendar (link will be added in future)
  • Volunteer opportunities will be offered to TAB/TAB Auxiliary during the school year and to Summer Volunteers during May-Aug. All communication is by email and Remind.

TAB Auxiliary is open to young adults in grades 7 through 12 who live in Mason or Deerfield Township who have Mason Public Library cards. TAB Auxiliary provides opportunities to volunteer at special programs and events for children and teens, including Homework Help and Summer Reading.

  • NO meetings.
  • No minimum service requirements.
  • We accept applications year-round.
  • TAB Auxiliary members are expected to join our Remind class in order to receive announcements and to use SignUp Genius to commit to volunteer slots. Remind is a free communication tool that connects teachers/librarians instantly with students and parents.
  • TAB Auxiliary members are expected to be courteous to their fellow volunteers by giving at least 24 hours notice when cancelling a volunteer commitment. This allows time for someone else to arrange transportation and fill the spot.
  • TAB Auxiliary members must purchase a TAB shirt to wear during public events. Financial assistance is available.

TAB Auxiliary members do everything TAB members do — except plan programs.

TAB Auxiliary members ready for a bigger commitment can apply to switch from TAB Auxiliary to TAB in August if they’d like. Spots open each year as TAB members graduate or change to Auxiliary. Priority goes to volunteers who demonstrate commitment and integrity by volunteering repeatedly and reliably. Not showing up for a volunteer slot you committed to or cancelling at the last minute will hurt your eligibility.

Summer Volunteers, asa well as TAB  and  TAB Auxiliary members are required to wear TAB shirts when volunteering in public events. You can order your shirt online for about $7 to$14 here. We wear these shirts when we lead programs or work away from the library. The design doesn’t change year to year, so this is usually a onetime purchase (unless you grow ). Financial assistance is available by contacting Ms. Cheryl at cheryl. vasan @ masonpl.org

The Mason Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a service group with a substantial role in planning and conducting library events for children and teens.  This board is open to young adults grades 7 – 12 with library cards who live in Mason or Deerfield Township.  Members volunteer to plan and implement special programs and events for children and teens.

TAB members have minimum service requirements and guidelines for membership and for participation throughout the year. 

  • ALL TAB members will be expected to miss no more than 3 meeting during the school year. We meet first Mondays 6-7p.m. September – July except as noted on the meeting calendar.
  • No late admittance or early dismissal; more than 15 minutes late or missed is a missed meeting. Absences due to school-sponsored events, homework, family vacations, or illness still count as absences.
  • ALL TAB members are expected to contribute during meetings and to volunteer for committees and programs besides TAB meetings.
  • New TAB members will be accepted each year in August. Extra applicants will join TAB Auxiliary and participate in volunteering for planning and implementing programs sponsored by TAB. TAB Auxiliary, Homework Help Tutors, and Summer Volunteers who demonstrate commitment and integrity by volunteering repeatedly and reliably receive priority consideration.
  • Current TAB members may always choose to change to TAB Auxiliary and not attend TAB meetings every month.
  • TAB members are expected to join our Remind class in order to receive announcements and to use SignUp Genius to commit to volunteer slots. Members also use GroupMe to communicate and do their committee work. These are free communication and scheduling tools which connect teachers, students, and parents via email, text, and/or app.
  • TAB members are expected to be courteous to their fellow volunteers by giving at least 24 hours notice when cancelling a volunteer commitment. This allows time for someone else to arrange transportation and fill the spot. Not showing up for a volunteer slot you committed to or cancelling at the last minute will harm next year’s TAB eligibility.
  • TAB members must purchase a TAB shirt to wear during public events. Financial assistance is available.

TAB meets mostly on 6-7 p.m. first Mondays during the school year and in June and July. September, April, and May don’t fit that pattern and meet on different dates.  No late admittance or leaving early; more than 15 minutes late is a missed meeting. Absences due to illness or school-sponsored events still count as absences. ALL TAB members will be expected to miss no more than 3 of our school year meetings. Mark your calendar carefully and check for conflicts!

  • September 10, 6-7 p.m. – due to Labor Day
  • October 1, 6-7 p.m.
  • November 5. 6-7 p.pm.
  • December 3, 6-7 p.m. – meeting and PIZZA
  • January 7, 6-7 p.m.
  • February 4, 6-7 p.m.
  • March 4, 6-7 p.m.
  • April 8, 6-7 p.m. – due to local Spring Breaks
  • May 5,  Friday 6-7:30 p.m.– Volunteer social: PIZZA and games! open to TAB, Tutors & TAB Aux who have volunteered at the library 8/18-4/19. (optional meeting)
  • June 3 – 6-7 p.m.
  • July 1 6-7 p.m.

TAB is led by Ms. Cheryl Vasan, Youth Services Librarian, and the TAB Executive Board.  New Exec Board members are invited each year as previous Board members leave the group.  Candidates are selected from current TAB members who show exceptional dedication to library service throughout the year.

The Executive Board meets 6-7PM last Mondays during the school year except during holidays and just before the summer TAB meetings in order to plan the TAB meetings and other events.  No late admittance or leaving early; more than 15 minutes late is a missed meeting. Absences due to illness or school-sponsored events still count as absences. Mark your calendar carefully and check for conflicts! TAB Exec members are expected to join Remind classes for TAB and for TAB Exec in order to receive announcements and to use SignUp Genius to commit to volunteer slots.

  • August 27, 6-7 p.m.
  • September 24, 6-7 p.m.
  • October 29, 6-7 p.m.
  • November 27. 6:00 – 7:45 p.pm. (tentatively also decorating library)
  • January 7: 5:30-5:50 (Meet before 6p.m. TAB meeting.)
  • January 28, 6-7 p.m.
  • February 25, 6-7 p.m.
  • March 18, 6-7 p.m. – a week early, due to Spring Break
  • April 29, 6-7 p.m.
  • June 3 5:30-50 (Meet before 6p.m. TAB meeting.)
  • July 1 5:30-50 (Meet before 6p.m. TAB meeting.)

Teens currently in Grades 7 – 12 may applyto tutor children in our Homework Help program. Parent-signed paper applications are accepted at the library from August 25- September 21.  Homework Help meets 5:30-6:15 on Tuesday nights October through April. Miss Debbie (debbie.hamilton @ masonpl.org) runs the program and manages our volunteer tutors. Tutors must be reliable, timely, patient, and positive. Teens generally work with the same 1-2 students all year. Teens should plan to arrive by 5:15p.m.

For that reason, we ask our tutors to make regular attendance and timeliness as high a priority as their patient support of the younger kids. That means really planning ahead in order to balance teen homework versus tutoring commitments. Absences due to studying, school-sponsored events, family travel, and illness still count as absences. We track tutor attendance, including noting no shows versus absences where a tutor has notified Miss Debbie at least 24 hours before the absence. If you miss more than four times, for whatever reason, it is grounds for dismissal.

If their student(s) do not show, we can often offer alternate service projects during that session. Same day communication with teens is often by phone as well as email. Each year we add new tutors as to those returning from last year. We also keep a waiting list of additional teens who are available as replacement tutors or last-minute subs.

Tutors are asked to commit to 6 or more weeks in a row in order to provide consistency for the children we will serve.  It is preferred that you commit for the entire semester. Again, if you miss more than four times, for whatever reason, it is grounds for dismissal.

            Please be aware that sometimes a child will not show for their tutoring session.  We wait 5 minutes then release the tutor if they want to leave.  We have no control over this situation.  If you are more than 5 minutes late, your child may be assigned to another tutor whose student did not show. 

Mason Public Library invites reliable teens who:

  • have completed 6th-12th grade,
  • have a Mason Public Library Card,
  • submit parent-signed volunteer waivers at the training meeting,
  • and attend a mandatory Training Session: 5/11/19 afternoon or 5/20/19 evening.
  • can work independently after instruction

to assist with our Summer Reading Program during June, July, and early August.


Registration is completely online and opens April 2 at 10:00a.m. It remains open until 100 teens sign up.  Click here to register.

IMPORTANT: If you just finished 6th grade, DON’T give us your Mason school email or use it with SignUpGenius or Remind. The school still blocks these until you start 7th grade in August 🙁 Use a different email or you won’t receive your reminders. This only applies to graduating Mason Intermediate 6th graders.

IMPORTANT: Each volunteer needs their own SignUpGenius account. Your name must show so that scheduling works and prints correctly


Training Meeting: You must attend one meeting: 5/11/19 at either 2 or 3:30p.m. or 5/20/19 6p.m. Bring a phone or other device,  your parent-signed release form, and a blank service hour form if you are tracking hours for a particular organization. You will be added to our Summer Remind group at that time, practice Online Scheduling with SignUpGenius, discuss Volunteer Expectations, and learn our Shelving rules.

Teen Volunteer Release


What Summer Volunteers do:

  • Library Volunteers divide their 2 hour shifts between shelving children’s books and movies, craft prep, helping children with summer reading prizes, and doing other light tasks to free our staff to keep up with the summer crowds. Library volunteer shifts are located at the Mason Public Library.
  • Program Volunteers help us with setup and cleanup, with activities, crafts, playing games with the children, and crowd management. Most shifts will be located at the Mason Community Center rather than the library. Only Monday shifts will be located at the Mason Public Library.
  • Shelving Volunteers help after Summer Reading is over by shelving children’s books and movies and doing other light tasks to free our staff to keep up with the summer crowds.  You won’t be awarding prizes. You might also do a bit of craft prep to help us get ready for fall story times. Shelving Volunteer shifts are located at the Mason Public Library.

Scheduling Volunteer Shifts:

You will need text or email and online access to schedule your shifts. You will schedule yourself online for June, July, and August on these dates: 5/20/19, 6/17/19, and 7/15/19 respectively. We will send the links via Remind at 7:30p.m. EDT.

Scheduling will be online via SignUpGenius and first come, first served. Your link will be sent via Remind.

  • The June signup link will be sent on 5/20/19 at 7:30p.m.
  • The July signup link will be sent on 6/17/19 at 7:30p.m.
  • The August signup link will be sent on 7/15/19 at 7:30p.m.

2019Planning Calendar: Print this and use it to plan your wish list. Cross out shifts where you aren’t available (vacations, no ride to the library, band camp or sports, etc.) Have this with you when registration starts because it moves quickly!

We cannot guarantee that the available shifts will fit your schedule. We cannot guarantee a specific number of hours. If you arrive late or miss habitually, especially with less than 48 hours notice, you will forfeit all remaining volunteer shifts.


 

Please contact Ms. Cheryl at Cheryl.vasan @ masonpl.org with any questions.

Opinions, suggestions, and ideas are always welcome at TAB meetings and may also be submitted in the box on the Teen Table in the back of the library. The suggestion slips are not just for book/music suggestions but also for program and general suggestions.

Teens are also welcome to email suggestions to Miss Cheryl at Cheryl.vasan @ masonpl.org. These will then be addressed by her or put on the next TAB agenda.

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