Teen Volunteer Opportunities

We want you. The Library wants your ideas, curiosity, and enthusiasm for helping others. In return, not only will your volunteering make a significant difference in your community, you will:

  • meet new friends, 
  • learn new skills, and 
  • form a good looking resume, for jobs or school. 

1-2-3-4 Steps to Volunteer

  1. Take a look at our many opportunities below. See what interests you. 
  2. Click a Volunteer Now link, fill, and submit your online application. 
  3. Library staff will call you for a brief, get-to-know-you virtual interview. 
  4. You're set up for success with an orientation session. 

Leading Readers

Youth Work

Ages 15-18 

Who are you helping? We’ll pair you with 1 elementary school-aged kid who is having a hard time with reading. 

What will you be doing? For 1 hour per week, you’re leading a virtual hang out with your learner. Together, you're reading, playing educational games, and exploring books through fun activities.

Who are you? An avid reader, patient and kind with kids, and good at making things fun. 

Are you available? We hope your fall 2021 schedule is a match. Here are the current openings for in-person and virtual session you'll need to select on your application form:

Woodlawn
In-person, Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, September 21 - December 7.
Application deadline: September 13.

Zoom Meeting
Virtual, Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, September 21 - December 7.
Virtual, Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:15 PM, October 6 - December 8.
Virtual, Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, October 6 - December 8.

Volunteer Now »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Creative Doers

Cultural Sector Work

Ages 13-18 

Who are you helping? Everyone. Art asks us to come together, reflect our values, and understand each other in ways that are meaningful and real.

What will you be doing? For one to five hours/week, you’re creating artwork for display online and in the community, you’re writing blog posts for the Library website, and making videos for our“ Virtual Library. 

Who are you? A creative thinker, hands-on maker, and open to showcasing your talent. 

Session is full »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Homework Club with YMCA

Youth Work

Ages 15-18

Who are you helping? We’ll pair you with newcomer youth in junior high and high school who need help with homework or practicing speaking English.

What will you be doing? On Tuesday afternoons, you’ll help students virtually with their homework.

Who are you? A conscientious student, who is patient and friendly with new people, and eager to help others. 

Session is full »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Kindness Postcards

Community Care Work

Ages 13-17

Who are you helping? Community members who are in need of a little extra care. Not everyone can frequent the Library, but everyone can know we care about them. Taking time to reach out is a way to open connections and show our support.

What will you be doing? For 1.5 hours a week, you will come to the Cole Harbour Public Library to design and/or write postcards. The postcards you create will be sent out to various homes, centres, and hospitals in the area.

Who are you? You are someone with a passion for community wellness and connecting with people. A creative person who enjoys the act of writing or designing.

Session is full »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Program Assistant

Ages 14-18

Who are you helping? ​Members of your community, from families to children to adults to youth like you, who come to the Library for various programs.

What will you be doing? That depends on where you want to volunteer. As 2021 progresses, we will place here what is happening where.

Central Library
Session is full and registration is closed. In-person. For two hours a week, from October to mid-December, you'll help Library staff deliver and sometimes develop programming for youth.

Keshen Goodman Public Library
In-person, Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, September 23 - December 2. For two hours a week, you will help assemble craft kits, and design and create a Halloween program for children.

Keshen Goodman Public Library
One-time in-person event, Saturday, October 30. We'll schedule you for a shift between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. You will help out with running a Halloween program for children.

Sackville Public Library
Session is full and registration is closed. In-person, Tuesdays, after school - 5:00 PM, from mid-September to mid-December. For one and a half hours per week you will help prepare take-away craft kits for children and adults. 

Woodlawn Public Library
In-person, For one to three hours/week, from September 22 - October 21, you'll be assisting with the planning, design, and implementation of an event that will bring youth together safely in an effort to battle pandemic blues - a Murder Mystery. Questions about this opportunity? Email janesa@halifax.ca

Who are you? You are creative and artistic, friendly and welcoming, and able to work both independently and as a part of a bigger team.

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Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Sackville Snack Squad

Food Services Work

Grades 9-12

Who are you helping? You’re helping to nourish the Sackville community and bring people together through our favourite means—food.

What will you be doing? For one and a half hours per week, you will either work behind the scenes with Library staff to prepare snacks and lunch items, or work at the snack stand to distribute packs to folks in the Library.

Who are you? You either love working in the kitchen or interacting with community members, and feel good about being organized and taking initiative.

Are you available? We hope your schedule matches with our current opening.

Sackville Public Library
In-person snack prep, Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 PM, mid-September to mid-December.
In-person snack stand, one day a week from Tuesday-Saturday, 3:30 - 5:00 PM, mid-September to mid-December.
Sessions are full and registration is closed.

Volunteer Now »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Society Shapers

Community Development Work

Ages 13-18 

Who are you helping? Yourself - in order to help others. The Library wants you to invest in yourself. We'll guide you through project planning and funding applications. 

What will you be doing? For 1-5 hours/week, you’re developing your own project to support others in your community. We’ll help you write a grant application and promote your project. We'll guide you through the process of becoming a Society Shaper.

Who are you? A future community leader with ideas, dedication, and in need of support to make your project happen.

Tell us about your ideas. Include a brief description of what your project idea(s) is when submitting your application.

Session is full »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Teen Advisory Council

Community Development Work

Ages 14-18

Who are you helping? Teens who are excited by what the Library does for the community and will thrive in a safe and engaging community space that reflects their interest and values.

What will you be doing? For 1 hour per week from September to December 2021, you’re meeting in-person with other members of the Teen Advisory Council to plan book displays, create artwork, and to help run and develop youth events. You will help shape what teens will experience at Central Library.

Who are you? You are a team player and consensus builder who is community minded and looking for leadership opportunities.

Session is full »

Applications for Fall 2021 are open and will be reviewed September 1-15.

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Teen Podcast

Communications Work

Ages 14-18 

Who are you helping? Youth, like you, who want to find expression, be reflected, and have a voice in the wider community. 

What will you be doing? For 1-3 hours/week from September to December 2021, you’re creating segments of audio content, such as interviews and commentaries, for our youth-led podcast. 

Who are you? A budding communications professional, natural storyteller, and team player. 

Volunteer Now »

Applications for Fall 2021 are open and will be reviewed September 1-15. Limited spots are available.

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Teen Talk

Communications Work

Ages 13-17

Who are you helping? Youth, like you, who want to find expression, be reflected, and have a voice in the wider community through your appreciation for Young Adult books.

What will you be doing? For 1-3 hours a week, you will come to the Cole Harbour Public Library to record in audio your thoughts on a book you have read. Your recording will be used in a Teen Podcast episode. The recording can be a general summary of the book, or even a Q&A style.

Who are you? You are someone with a passion for reading and talking about what you are reading. A person who is working towards becoming more vocal and expressive.

Session is full »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca


Website Reading List Support

Youth Work

Ages 13-18 

Who are you helping? Yourself, your peers, and anyone who loves a great book recommendation.

What will you be doing? You will be updating our Teen website book lists and help them stay current and relevant. You brainstorm lists of book titles to create meaningful book lists that encourage and promote reading.

Who are you? You are someone who has a unique perspective on the world and loves to see everyone included. You desire to share your love of books and reading with others.

Tell us about your ideas. Your voice and ideas matter. Please share your thoughts when applying.

Volunteer Now »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca

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