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The Harvard Public Library has many volunteer opportunities for teens in our community. Current volunteer opportunities are listed on this page. For detailed information on volunteering (including the application procedure, rules, dress code, and more), see our Teen Volunteer Program Information page.

Note that pandemic restrictions have put most of our teen volunteer opportunities on temporary hiatus. But we would still like you to fill in the Teen Volunteer Application Form and indicate on the form which opportunities most interest you, so that we will be able to have you in our volunteer system for the post-pandemic future when these volunteer opportunities are again available.

For more information on all of the available positions please contact:
Abby Kingsbury Children's Librarian at 978-456-2381 or email akingsbu@cwmars.org

For Teen Advisory Board information, contact:
Jill Hayes Teen/Reference Librarian at 978-456-4114 or email jhayes@cwmars.org

For information on volunteering at Bromfield Movies, contact:
Constance McCormack Reference Librarian at 978-456-4114 or email cmccorma@cwmars.org

Thank you for your interest in Volunteering!

Afterschool Movie Supervisors

On select Wednesday afternoons, the library shows movies in the story room for HES students. Volunteers supervise children and maintain a calm, controlled atmosphere.  Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 7-12; select weekdays from 3:15 PM to end of movie. 

Book Buddies Volunteers

Book Buddies is a regularly scheduled program that pairs teens with children in grades 1 to 4 for shared reading & word games. Scheduled Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, with one required training session. Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.
 
Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 7 to 12. Reliability essential.
 

Bromfield Movie Volunteers

The library runs movies for Bromfield students on select days after school throughout the school year.  Volunteers help with snack prep and distribution, sign students in to the movie, and clean up.  Please see Constance McCormack at the Reference Desk for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 10 to 12.

Craft Programs

On select weekday afternoons, the library holds craft programs for HES students. Volunteers set up before the program; teach the craft to HES students with the help of the children's librarian; then clean up.  Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 7-12; select weekdays from 2:45 to 4:30 PM. 

Game Hour Supervisors

Game Hour is a drop-in program on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 PM during the school year. Teach and facilitate board games such as chess, Othello, Set, Blokus, Slamwich, etc. with younger students in grades 1 to 6 while maintaining a happy, controlled atmosphere. Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 9-12.  Commitment to volunteer on a regularly scheduled basis. Reliability essential.  

GraviTrax Challenge Supervisors

GraviTrax challenge is scheduled for one or two afternoons a month through the school year. In conjunction with the children's librarian, supervise children ages 8 and up and establish a calm, fun, creative building atmosphere.  Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 7-12; select weekdays from 3:15 to 4:45 PM. 

LEGO Club Supervisors

LEGO Club is scheduled for one Saturday a month through the school year. In conjunction with parents of attending children, supervise children ages 5 and up and establish a calm, fun, creative building atmosphere.  Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 7-12; scheduled Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. 

Movie Night Volunteers

The library runs a Family Movie Night one Friday a month during the school year (Thursdays in the summer).  Volunteers help with set-up, snack preparation, and clean-up.  Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 6 to 12. Must be able to arrive at 6:00 PM and stay after the conclusion of the movie for clean-up. Reliability is essential. 

Saturday Storytime Volunteers

Enjoy reading stories to children?  The library runs a Saturday Storytime where teens read to children ages 3 to 7 and their parents. Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 7 to 12; scheduled Saturdays from 10:15 to 11:15 AM.

Senior Projects

If you would like to do your Bromfield Senior Project through the library, please meet with Abby Kingsbury or Constance McCormack to determine feasibility and to map out a plan for the project.

Sensory Playtime Volunteers

Sensory Playtime is a once monthly interactive sensory exploration program for young children and their parents.  Volunteers provide orientation to help parents use the differnt sensory stations.  Volunteers also help with set-up and clean-up (this is a messy program with continual clean-up needed).  Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements:  Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 7 to 12; scheduled Saturdays from 10:15 to 11:45 AM.  Reliability essential.

Special Programs Volunteers

The library runs many special programs throughout the year which require volunteer assistance.  These programs include the Ice Cream Social, the Lego Expo, etc.  Please see Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian, for more information.

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 6 to 12.

Teen Advisory Board

Do you want to help the library select teen materials? Want to help shape library programs for teens? Need volunteer hours? In TAB, you can earn volunteer hours by sharing your opinions about the kinds of books, movies, music & magazines the library should purchase for Harvard teens. You will also help brainstorm program ideas, and test out games & maker projects. Jill Hayes, teen/reference librarian, is the TAB contact. 
 

Requirements: Harvard resident or Bromfield student in grades 6 to 12.  Commitment to attend approximately one meeting per month, usually on Tuesday afternoons for one hour.