Teen Volunteering in Palo Alto

Although the library does not currently have in-person volunteering available, there are still plenty of service opportunities throughout Palo Alto and beyond. 

If you are interested in library-related volunteering: 

  • Write book reviews for the library’s teen page. Learn more and submit reviews here. 
  • Host a program for the library. Teen leaders have led workshops on everything from cryptography to renewable energy to crochet! Fill out a program application here
  • Volunteer for Friends of the Palo Alto Library. Learn more about the many jobs volunteers perform at FOPAL, plus their special benefits by visiting their website. 

Explore local and national volunteer databases:

  • Youth Community Service’s “Do Service!” calendar is regularly updated with the latest service opportunities for teens. 
  • The national database Idealist offers the ability to sort by on-site, remote, and hybrid volunteering.
  • Discover up-to-date opportunities on the national database VolunteerMatch.  

Long-Term Leadership Experience:

  • Apply for a Think Fund Grant through the City of Palo Alto to transform your blueprint into a footprint!
  • Tutor, teach, or join the team at Wave Learning Festival. Founded by a local teen, this international organization is committed to combating educational inequity.
  • Do you have a passion for reading or libraries? Are you interested in serving the local teen community? Consider joining our Teen Library Advisory Board! Learn more about this year-round opportunity here.

However you choose to give back, we appreciate you! 

Molly Wallner, Senior Teen Services Librarian | Follow @mollywally & @pacl_teens on Bibliocommons

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