Teenagers have a few volunteering options at Coquitlam Public Library:
Teens in Grades 9 through 12 can join Reading Buddies
, which runs four times per year at each branch (Oct/Nov; Feb/March; July; August). In addition, the library sometimes holds a session during the spring (April / May) at the City Centre Branch only. In the paired reading program, teens meet kids at the Library to read books aloud. Volunteers earn 60 minutes of community service time per meeting.
Teens in Grades 9 through 12 (high school) can join the Library's Homework Help Club
, which runs two times during the school year (Sep/Nov; Apr/May). In the one-on-one tutoring program, teens earn 45 minutes of community service time per meeting for assisting kids and preteens with schoolwork.
Teens in Grades 6 through 12 (middle school or high school) can join the Library's Teen Advisory Council
, which meets monthly at the City Centre Branch. Members help plan activities, programs and services for teens. They earn 45 to 60 minutes of community service time per meeting, and can volunteer at special events to earn additional hours.
Teens in Grades 9 through 12 (high school) can join the Library's French homework and conversation club: Parlez-Nous Francais
. The club meets weekly in the fall (Sept/Oct) and winter (Jan/Feb) at the Poirier Branch. Volunteers should be French Immersion students, or experienced French speakers. They earn 45 minutes of community service time per meeting for working with kids and preteens who are in Immersion programs.
Teens in grades 8 through 12 can become volunteer tutors in the Library's Computer Buddies program. Tutors help kids in grades 3, 4 and 5 improve their computer skills, focusing on the use of browsers, word processing programs, slideshow programs, image creation and basic coding. Meetings are weekly, run for 45 minutes or an hour, and usually begin with a 15-minute activity led by a librarian. Note: the Computer Buddies program is currently on hiatus. Library staff hope to re-start it in Fall 2017.
Registration is required for all these programs. For more information about them, please click on the links to the program pages, or (for Computer Buddies) contact the Librarian, Chris Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-554-7339.
Library regulations restrict all other types of volunteerism, except for community fund-raising, which is handled by the Friends of the Library. We appreciate your willingness to help, but we're sorry: only staff are allowed to shelve books and sort returns. If you're interested in doing those things and would like to earn money instead of volunteer hours, please check out our Employment section, or ask at the Library about applying to work as a page. You must be 16 years old and must have completed Grade 10.