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Becoming a VolunTeen

Why Volunteer?

Working with children can be fun and rewarding. Volunteering also provides the opportunity to:

  • Meet new people and make new friends

  • Establish good work habits and attitudes

  • Earn community service hours

  • Build your resume for college and job applications

  • Help the Library stay relevant and appeal to the kids and teens in the community.

What do VolunTeens do?

  • Reward kids and teens for reading during the summer at our prize desk

  • Assist with summer programs such as crafts, games, and special events

  • Greet patrons, assist with seating, and report attendance at Library films and programs

  • Assist the Friends of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library with book sales and book sorting

  • Assist staff in the Youth Services area.

Other Opportunities for Volunteer Hours:


  • Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

    • Do you have great ideas for teen events at the Library? What about books you'd like to see? Do you just want to hang out and eat a snack? Come join the Teen Advisory Board at GADML!​

    • ​The group meets monthly during the school year (Sept - May) to earn volunteer hours, eat snacks, and discuss what you'd like to see at the Library!​

      • This is a drop-in program. No registration is required to attend the meetings. 

    • All meeting times are listed on the Library Calendar of Events at

Comments from Past VolunTeens:

"It is always fun helping the Library out! Thank you for providing me with opportunities to serve there...It is my favorite place to volunteer!"

"I really enjoyed volunteering and I especially enjoyed the toddlers whose eyes light up when they reach their mile markers in the Summer Reading Program."

What To Do:

1. Sign Up for Orientation
Orientation sessions are mandatory and registration is required. (You only need to attend one orientation.)
Please go to when registration dates are announced.

*2023 Registration Opens on April 3!*

Orientation Dates: Monday, May 8 or Wednesday, May 17 at 4:00pm or 6:00pm.

Register on the Library calendar for your preferred date and time at

Email as soon as possible if you cannot make one of these orientation sessions, please!

2. Attend Orientation in May

During orientation, you will receive an information packet and you will have the opportunity to sign up to help with activities or events.

Contact us with any questions at: or call the Youth Services department at 989-837-3466

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