Volunteers

Teen Volunteer Opportunities:

Teen Library Council (TLC)
The Teen Library Council (TLC) is a safe space for teens to voice their opinions for the Library.
Participants will have a say in program ideas, program planning, and purchasing Library materials.
The Teen Library Council is open to individuals in grades 6-12. All participants will receive volunteer hours for attending.  There is no application needed to join the TLC. Registration is suggested.

Joining TLC gives you the opportunity to:

  • Represent and advocate for the teen community at the Berkeley Heights Public Library
  • Help the Library decide what materials to purchase, services to offer and what events and activities you want to attend
  • Serve your community, and make the Library a place for teens to learn and have fun

TLC Meetings are held in the Teen Space at 7pm on the First Thursday of the Month. 
TLC Meeting Dates for 2023:
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6
August 1
September 5
October 10 *
November 7
December 5

*Date is not on first Thursday of the month.


Volunteer Sessions:
Teen Volunteer opportunities are for interested individuals priority goes to individuals in grades 6-12. Interested individuals will have to apply using the volunteer application below; once applications are received volunteers will receive information about volunteer training sessions and opportunities. Volunteers will have to complete and application and attend a training session to volunteer.
Walk in/ spontaneous volunteering will not be allowed, due to staff limitations.
Example tasks include: assembling take and make crafts, tasks within the Teen Space, and administrative tasks. Please fill out the Volunteer Application, and Rachel, the Teen Librarian, will reach out to you once your application is received. Click here for the Volunteer Application.

Upcoming Volunteer Training Sessions:
Thursday, March 21 7:00-8:00pm
Saturday, May 17 2:00-3:00pm
Thursday, June 6:00-7:00pm
Thursday, June 20 3:00-4:00pm


Passive Volunteer Opportunities:
These are volunteer opportunities that can be done outside of the library. However, since they help out just the same, they will count as volunteer time.

Passive volunteer opportunities are open to current volunteers, and can be added to time volunteering in the Library. Volunteers are encouraged to volunteer in person as well. Click here for the Volunteer Application.

One option that is always available is writing Book Reviews. Book reviews will help be book suggestions for other teens as well as help Rachel, the Teen Librarian, know what kinds of books people have been enjoying to be able to purchase books in the future. These book reviews will be posted in the Teen Space and on the @bhplteen Instagram account. Each Book Review will count as 1 hour of volunteer time.
Passive Volunteer Guidelines
Click here to Submit a Book Review. 

Additional Passive Volunteer opportunities will be changing periodically.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rachel at rtalbert@bhplnj.org.