Teen Volunteer Opportunities

One of the most delightful aspects of Plainsboro Public Library is the magnificent volunteer support we get from the community. Volunteers contribute to the remarkably cost effective, innovative service at Plainsboro Public Library. From “reading the shelves”, to helping with community wide festivals, to manning the technical needs of the vast Interlibrary Loan System, to sorting donations and selling books at the monthly sale, volunteers play MAJOR roles. During 2012, nearly 100 adults and teens donated over 3,700 hours to the Plainsboro Library!

Anyone with questions on teen volunteering is always welcome to email Teen Volunteer Coordinator Joyce at yaplainsborolibrary@gmail.com 🙂


Teen shelvers are recruited twice a year: once in mid-May, for the summer, and once in mid-August, for the school year.

Shelvers must be at least going into 9th grade. They come in on a set schedule of 1.5 hours each week to shelve and organize books. They are invaluable in keeping the library shelves in shape!

A link to the application form will be added to this page during those periods. Shelvers will go through an interview with the volunteer coordinator and, if selected, must undergo an extended training session before they begin their duties. Plainsboro residents will be given first consideration.

The application period for shelving during the 2019-2020 school year has closed.

Program Volunteers

The library has one time or multi-week programs throughout the year, such as:

  • Festival of the Arts
  • Storytime with Santa
  • Chinese New Year
  • Estimania
  • Founder’s Day Parade
  • Book Buddies
  • Summer Reading Program

We are always looking for teen and adult volunteers to help out. You may join our Program Volunteer Google Group and be notified of upcoming program volunteer opportunities: Program Volunteer Google Group. (Note: You do NOT need to have a Google account to join the Google Group, and your email address will not be shared with anyone other than the Teen Volunteer Coordinator.)

Geek Desk

We are not currently recruiting more “geeks” for the technology help desk. Due to the nature of this service, Geek Desk representatives are generally pulled from teens who are already volunteering at the library and have a proven track record of reliability and good public service skills.

Goodreads Review Program

Teens can also earn volunteer hours by submitting book reviews to our Goodreads Review Editor for the library’s Goodreads page! Guidelines and a link to the review form may be found here: https://goo.gl/sYwVQe

Teen Advisory Board

For teens who are really interested in the library and directing the course of what we do here for the teenage population, the library’s Teen Advisory Board currently meets approximately once a month to discuss what they want to see from the library and how to help make it happen! Not only will participants receive volunteer hours for attending these sessions, the programs and extra work that members of the Board take part in are good opportunities to earn volunteer hours as well.

Please note that, going forward, the Teen Advisory Board will be limited to 20 general members and 5 Executive Council members, and that any teen wishing to direct a program or event at the library must be a TAB member in good standing.

More information on TAB and how to join it can be found here: https://www.plainsborolibrary.org/teen-advisory-board/

Friends of the Library

The Friends of Plainsboro Library is a non-profit organization that helps to raise funds for the support of the library and sponsors library programs to enhance community learning.

Teens interested in helping out the Friends by sorting book donations, running events and assisting in our monthly book sales can email them at plainsborolibraryfriends@gmail.com.


Anyone with questions on teen volunteering is always welcome to email Joyce at yaplainsborolibrary@gmail.com 🙂