Our Junior Volunteer program is taking a break this summer (2020)!
Due to building construction and renovation projects, we will not be able to offer regular summer reading desk volunteer shifts/hours, or accommodate the number of volunteers we have had in the past. Please bear with us while we grow. This year the library’s Volunteens group will continue to meet over the summer. Volunteens meet as a group for an hour and help out with various library projects. Volunteens may also have the opportunity to help out with other library events/activities/projects as the need arises. Registration for Volunteens is required. Dates for our summer meetings will appear in the library’s June/July newsletter and on the library’s website.
About our Junior Volunteer program:
Every summer, the Huntley Area Public Library depends on its crew of Junior Volunteers to help run the children’s summer reading challenge. JVs typically volunteer at the summer reading desk for a couple of hours every week while summer reading is going on. They help out by registering kids for the reading challenge, distributing prizes, and assisting library staff with other projects. We also have special opportunities for JVs to help out with other library events.
If you like kids and reading, we’d love to have you on our team!
In order to become a Junior Volunteer, you have to be in (or going into) 7th – 12th grade, and you need to fill out an application. Applications are available both at the library and on this website, and must be filled out by the prospective volunteer.
JVs attend a training session prior to the start of summer reading to prepare them for their duties at the summer reading desk, and answer any questions they have about the reading program/prizes/etc. We try to accommodate people’s schedules by offering 2 training sessions. If you can’t make either of the training sessions, but you still want to volunteer, we can usually find a time to train you at the summer reading desk once the reading program starts.
We schedule 2 JVs for each time slot. If you want to volunteer with a friend, you will need to submit your applications together and select the same days/times you are available to volunteer. We usually get about 60-80 applications from prospective JVs, and it can be really challenging for us to create a schedule that works for everyone! Turn your applications in early – we schedule on a first-come, first-served basis!
We keep track of all the hours our Junior Volunteers work and will be happy to verify these for any service organizations JVs may be involved with (National Honor Society, etc.).