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Volunteen

Becoming a Virtual Volunteen

Richmond Public Library is happy to offer our virtual VolunTeen program for teens seeking volunteer hours. Our virtual volunteer program is project based. Teens seeking hours can complete one of our pre-designed “Virtual VolunTeen Projects” or submit a project of their own for approval by the Young Adult Coordinator. Becoming a virtual VolunTeen is easy.
Applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 12 and 18
  • Read the Virtual VolunTeen Projects and select one or more projects of interest
  • Read the Richmond Public Library Volunteer Guidelines
  • Complete the RPL Virtual VolunTeen Application

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Deuell.

VolunTeen Application Virtual Projects Volunteer Guidelines

Virtual VolunTeen Projects

VolunTeens earn community service hours by completing projects. Hours assigned to each projected are listed for each virtual project.

All teen volunteers are responsible for keeping track of their own hours earned. And all completed projects or project proposals must be emailed to the Young Adult Coordinator Jennifer Deuell.

Booker Trailer

Pick a library book, eBook, audiobook, manga and/or series, etc. Create a trailer that would make someone want to check it out — just like a real movie trailer!


4 hours

Homework Help

Provide one-on-one homework help for elementary-age students on all subjects, projects, or literacy practice. Homework Help takes place during the week after school hours.


Hourly

T.A.G.

Attend a monthly T.A.G. meeting held at 5pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Contact Jenn Deuell at jennifer.deuell@richmondgov.com for a meeting invite.


1 hour

Propose Your Own Project

Submit a project or program proposal that you would like to do to Jenn Deuell at jennifer.deuell@richmondgov.com. We will be in touch with you to discuss the possibility of you doing this project for Community Service Hours.


Hours TBD

Read-a-Likes List or Video

Pick a library book, e-book, audiobook, movie, video game, manga and/or series, etc.
Create a list or make a video recommending books with a similar theme or tone… if you like this — then you may like that.

Minimum length = 10 item list or 1 minute video.


List – 2 hours
Video – 3 hours

Resource Review

Write a review or make a video review of any library resource, book, e-book, audiobook, movie, video game, manga and/or series, etc. Rate on 1-5 stars (5 being the best)

Minimum length of review = 5 sentences or 1 minute video.


Resource/movie/video game – 3 hours
Book/audiobook/manga – 6 hours

Teen Zine

Assist with RPL’s new Teen Zine publication. Contact Jenn Deuell at jennifer.deuell@richmondgov.com for project specifics.


Hours TBD based on project

Social Media Content

Create a post for one of the library’s social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Post must be related to any of the resources our library offers.


1 hour

Teen Tutorial

Pick an online library resource, app, website, database, etc. Create a “how to” or “tips and tricks” guide. It can be written out or a video!


3 hours

Virtual Programs

Attend any RPL virtual teen program and provide feedback by taking a quick survey.


1.5 hours

Volunteer Guidelines

Richmond Public Library (RPL) appreciates your willingness to volunteer your services to assist the library, its patrons, and the community. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to enhance library services and build a relationship with the community. While on library premises you will agree to abide by all of the rules of conduct governing the staff and employees of the library in performing your services.

Browse our guidelines below or download the pdf.

Logging Hours

  • All volunteers must sign in and out on the volunteer log sheet (the sign in log is kept behind the reference desk in General Collections).

Prerequisites

  • All volunteers are required to take the written clerical test when volunteering at the Main Library and Branches. The test should be administered on a case by case basis. If administered, we allow 30 minutes to complete the test. There is no passing or failing of this test. It is a tool used to determine if assigned responsibilities can be performed correctly.

Age Restrictions

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer and those under 18 years of age must have parent or legal guardian signature on the application. Fair Labor Standards Act – Youth Employment Provision which states: “Youths 14 and 15 years old may work outside school hours under the following conditions: no more than 3 hours on a school day, 18 hours in a school week, 8 hours on a non-school day, or 40 hours in a non-school week. Also, work may not begin before 7 a.m., nor end after 7 p.m.

Dress Policy and Identification

  • Volunteers are asked to follow the RPL dress code and should remember that they represent the library’s image to the public. Therefore, general appearance shall be neat, clean, and in keeping with a professional image. Shorts of appropriate length are acceptable in the summer, but please refrain from wearing tank tops, swimsuits, or bare bellies. Pants should be above the waist whether for males or females.
  • All volunteers must wear a name tag for identification purposes.

Work Expectations

  • Every person who volunteers will learn how the library functions.

  • While you are at the library you are expected to be working on the task assigned. Please refrain from using the computer for web surfing , looking for books, talking on the phone, writing notes, “hanging around,” etc. If you don’t know what to do, PLEASE ASK.
  • Volunteers are not permitted in “staff only” areas of the library, unless given permission by then assigned supervisor.
  • You are expected to treat ALL library staff with courtesy and respect and cooperate with them at all times.
  • Volunteers are expected to maintain confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information whether this information involves an individual staff member, volunteer, patron or involves library business.
  • All volunteers are considered to be a representative of the library and shall conduct themselves in an appropriate manner when carrying out assignments for the library. Remember that you “are” the library when working here.
  • Please arrive on time for volunteer service. Remember if you are completing required community service hours, the “make-up” of missed hours may not be able to be completed in a timely manner. We rely on YOU to perform specific tasks!
  • Volunteering is a privilege, not a right, and a volunteer can be dismissed from the program for not following RPL volunteer guidelines, policies and procedures.