Presentation on theme: "* Some Investment Required. Janene Hill Young Adult Librarian Manhattan Public Library MPL has had Teen Volunteers for about 10 years Teens have contributed."— Presentation transcript:
Janene Hill Young Adult Librarian Manhattan Public Library MPL has had Teen Volunteers for about 10 years Teens have contributed almost 550 hours in the past year Teen Volunteers at MPL work about 10 months in a year, divided into 3 sessions of Fall, Spring, and Summer Let’s learn a little about who’s here
Ways to Think About Teen Volunteer Involvement Youth Participation Community Service Focus Group Program Assistance Committee Members
Why do I want Teen Volunteers? Have a plan Get everyone involved Do the paperwork Dedicate the time Someone to do the “Dirty Work” A chance to tackle those projects you never seem to have time for Teen Involvement Community Involvement (aka: positive PR) Keys to success
How Do I Get Ready? 1. Establish some basic building blocks for your program 2. Have an idea of what they want from you 3. Figure out what you need to know from them
Building Blocks Decide what works for you What ages/grades How many bodies Number of hours or shifts per semester/week/month How long to work during one shift What do you want them to do?
What Do They Need to Know? Getting them interested What’s in it for them? Benefits, rewards What are they going to be doing? Tasks, interactions, responsibilities Expectations/ Requirements
Rewards? Intrinsic – important to us Self-confidence Social skills Job skills and knowledge Extrinsic – more important to them Community Service Hours Professional/Reference Contacts Scholarship Money Volunteer party Employee perks “Stuff” – T-Shirt, candy, certificates, other gifts
Requirements and Expectations (of them) Reliable transportation. Dependable and responsible. Can work at a steady and sometimes quick pace. Talk and interact in a friendly manner with children and parents. Self-starter, take initiative. Work with minimal supervision. Follow instructions. Willing and able to work alone or with others Accept guidance and instruction from library staff.
What Do I Want To Know? How to find out Applications Start to get to know them on paper Interviews Get to know them in person What information Do You Want? What information Do You Want?
Essential Information Name, age/grade, contact information Emergency contact(s) How much/when they can volunteer Past volunteer/work experience What they like to do Why they want to do this Parent Permission/Signature
Where Do I Find Them? Where Do I Find Them? Recruiting In the Library Signs, Handouts Library Staff! Library Website Contact Schools Community Service Coordinator Counselor Other Organizations Local Newspaper – write a column or letter to the editor
What Can They Do? Make the task meaningful Explain why it needs to be done When possible, match the person to the task Suggestions and Ideas? Suggestions and Ideas?
Task Ideas Prepare handouts, nametags for storytimes and clubs Sort book carts Shelve and shelf read Clean books Clean and dust shelves, desks, computer stations Put up/take down displays Cover books (processing) Help with computers Homework assistance Create book lists Separate recycling Assist with & run special events Take head counts and keep statistics Give out and keep track of Summer Reading prizes Help register Summer Reading participants Organize SR registrations Build & work with online services (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Help with YA collections (selection, weeding, …) and SO MANY MORE POSSIBILITIES!
Orientation/Training Icebreakers/Get to know you games Icebreakers/Get to know you games Tour Introductions Staff to Volunteer, Volunteer to Staff Volunteer Handbook All of the who, what, when, where, why, hows Enthusiasm!!! They are welcome and the library is a fun place!
Other Tips Timesheets Nametags Dress Code Address library “Jargon” Teach call numbers and location codes Have complete, written instructions and even a sample if applicable Encourage, listen, maintain a sense of humor! Other Suggestions? Other Suggestions?
Helpful Resources Teen Volunteer Services in Libraries Kellie M. Gillespie 2004, VOYA Books, ISBN 0810848376 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, 3 rd ed. Patrick Jones, Michele Gorman and Tricia Suellentrop 2004, Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., ISBN 1555705081 101+ Teen Programs That Work RoseMary Honnold 2003, Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., ISBN 1555704530 Numerous Websites Google search: “Teen Library Volunteers”
Janene Hill Young Adult Librarian Manhattan Public Library email@example.com 785-776-4741 x. 170 www.manhattan.lib.ks.us
Icebreaker/Get to Know You Last One Standing Everyone please stand up As I read the statement, if it applies to you, sit down
Icebreaker/Get to Know You Four Corners Which answer most fits you? Go to the corner that corresponds with your choice Example questions (Customize to your community or situation) Which soda would you choose? Which activity would you prefer to do? What genre of book would you be most likely to read?