Volunteer

Join the Teen Volunteer Mailing List

West Hartford Public Library offers many volunteer opportunities for high school students throughout the year. Primarily, teens are needed to assist with teen, tween, and children’s programs.

If you are in grades 9-12 and interested in being notified about future volunteer events, please contact teenvolunteers@westhartfordlibrary.org and ask to be added to our mailing list. You will receive e-mails from the Head of Teen Services and if a program interests you, simply reply to the message to be added to the volunteer list.

Please note that many positions require an application, permission slip, and/or interview prior to participation.

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Summer Volunteering for Grades 9-12

Volunteers please use this Sign Up Genius link to register for virtual and in-person summer volunteer opportunities happening in June – August.

You can edit your responses at any time. Once you sign up for an event, you will receive a reminder email a few days before.

If you need to cancel, please go back to Sign Up Genius to delete your slot or email teenvolunteers@westhartfordlibrary for assistance.

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Teen Advisory Board 2022-2023 (for grades 7-12, starts October 2022)

TAB applications for 2022-2023 are now available! Join us for our 10th anniversary! Applications due by September 21, 2022 @ 11:59pm.

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Virtual Volunteering

Earn community service hours from home by helping the library virtually. Contact the Teen Services Department at teenvolunteers@westhartfordlibrary.org to get started with any of the opportunities listed below. 

Volunteer ActivityHours Awarded (low → high)
Rate and write a book review of a YA book for the WHPL Goodreads account.15 minutes / review 
(3-5 sentence minimum)
Provide content for the library’s Instagram account @whpltab.15 minutes / post 
(photo, blurb, and hashtags)
Submit a virtual program idea form to the library for a one-time program or regular meeting you would like to host.15 minutes / completed form 
(+1 hour for each program hosted, with additional time for program preparation available)
Donate new, unopened items to the library’s Kindness Project.15 minutes / donation
(snap a picture of the donation and send to teenvolunteers@westhartfordlibrary.org)
Create a YA booklist for the teen webpage.30 minutes / 5 book recommendations
Sign up to be a BookMatch volunteer to recommend book titles to other readers.30 minutes / 5 book recommendations
Create a library-themed TikTok / BookTok to be shared
on the @whpltab Instagram page.
1 hour+ / video
Write Kahoot! Trivia questions for use at a future library program.1 hour / 10 questions and answers
Become a Minecraft volunteer to create scavenger hunts, facilitate building competitions, or host meetups.1 hour / Minecraft event
(additional time for program preparation available)
Make a bitmoji library scene in Google slides to highlight books in the teen collection.2 hours / completed slide
(including links to books in the library catalog)
Prepare and record an oral history interview to be featured on the WHPL website.6 hours
(additional 9 hours of post-interview activities available)
NEW – Be a library advocate by reposting @whpltab social media posts to get the word out about upcoming events. 15 minutes / post (tag @whlptab and @westhartfordlibraries)

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Other Community Resources

Not finding a volunteer opportunity that interests you at the West Hartford Libraries? Check out the resources on the Volunteer page on the town website.

Conard and Hall also post information about volunteering for students.

Questions? Please contact the Teen Department at 860-561-6996 or teenvolunteers@westhartfordlibrary.org.