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. 

Jump to a Current Opportunity

 


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 schedule is a match. Here are the current openings for in-person and virtual session you'll need to select on your application form.

Musquodoboit Harbour
Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:45 PM
February 28- May 2, 2023
To apply, fill out the online form or call the Library at (902) 889-2227.

Sackville Public Library
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
February 14 - May 16, 2023
To apply, fill out the online form or drop by the Library.
Applications will be reviewed starting January 9.

Tantallon
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
February 22 - May 3, 2023 (No session on March 15)
We are no longer accepting applications.

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Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca

 


Cole Harbour Creatives

Ages 12-18

Who are you helping? Everyone who comes to the library! You can specialize by focusing on displays and kits aimed at children, teens, or adults. Our book displays will help match our patrons to the best materials and our take home craft kits mean that even people who cannot attend in-person events get to participate in all the library has to offer.

What will you be doing? For at least 1 hour per week (timing based on your schedule) you'll come to the library to create take home craft kits or eye-catching window and book displays.

Who are you? You are creative and artistic. You may be more comfortable working alone or in small groups rather than directly interacting with the public.

Where: Cole Harbour Public Library

Session is full »

Questions? Email Ali at hebertali@halifax.ca.

 


Community Consultants

Ages 12-18

Who are you helping? Members of underrepresented communities, as well as all library patrons who are keen to learn.

What will you be doing? For at least 1 hour per week (timing based on your schedule), you'll be working on various projects to ensure better representation of and service to members of underrepresented communities. Some of this work may be done virtually. Each position will be specialized, so you may be a Queer Youth Consultant, an International Celebration Consultant, a Spanish Language Consultant, etc.

Who are you? You have relevant lived experience to your chosen specialty and you are keen to use that to create a more welcoming library. You are community minded and looking for leadership opportunities.

Where? Cole Harbour Public Library

Session is full »

Questions? Email Ali at hebertali@halifax.ca.

 


Games Keeper

Ages 12-18

Who are you helping? Board game lovers.

What will you be doing? For at least 1 hour per week (timing based on your schedule), you'll be attending to our extensive board game collection in order to ensure that they are ready for use and promoting its use.

Who are you? You are detail-oriented​ and passionate about board games. You may be more comfortable working alone or in small groups rather than directly interacting with the public.​

Where? Cole Harbour Public Library

Session is full »

Questions? Email Ali at hebertali@halifax.ca.

 


Young Newcomers English Club

Youth Work

Ages 15-18

Who are you helping? Elementary school-aged kids and teens similar in age as you who are new to Canada and keen to practice English skills.

What will you be doing? For 1 hour per week, you are leading activities, games, and conversations with Newcomer kids. You’ll help create a fun encouraging space for kids to practice their English speaking, reading, and writing skills. You’ll lead a small group as well as work together with other volunteers are bigger activities. After each session you’ll have time to debrief and plan ahead.

Who are you? Reliable and independent, looking to improve your leadership skills, patient and kind with kids, and good at making things fun. Maybe you also moved to Canada as a kid or speak another language and would have invaluable experience to help encourage and mentor newcomer kids? Let us know!

Are you available? We hope your schedule is a match.

Captain William Spry
Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
March 7 - May 31
To apply, fill out the online form or contact Art Bouman at boumana@gmail.com or (902) 471-7258.

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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 2022 progresses, we will add to the list below what is happening and where.

Alderney Gate
Tuesdays, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
January 5 - March 23
In person: As a group you and the other Teen Volunteers will plan, prepare and host a March Break children's program happening on Friday, March 17. In addition, you may be asked to assist with other events and programs for children and youth at the library.

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

   


Tech Tutor

Who are you helping? You will be paired with an adult or senior, who is looking for technology support.

What will you be doing? For 2 hours per week, you’re helping an adult or senior to learn a new skill on their device. Together, you’ll troubleshoot their technology needs, such as assisting with phone, e-reader, or computer use.

Who are you? You are patient and enjoy teaching others. You feel comfortable using social media, phones, and computer programs. You are keen to learn, and to share your knowledge with others in your community.

Are you available? We are looking for volunteers who will be available for short training sessions held in person, in the evening in December. After training, we will run 6 sessions in the new year.

Keshen Goodman Public Library
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 PM
February 1-March 8

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Teen Advisory Council

Community Development Work

Ages 14-18

Who are you helping? Teenagers in the community seeking a safe and engaging space that reflects their interests and values.

What will you be doing? For 1 hour per week, you will be meeting in person with other members of the Teen Advisory Council to advise Library staff on the teen experience at Halifax Central Library. This includes, but is not limited to: program/event planning and hosting, youth outreach within the Library, and creating displays that reflect the diversity of our community.

Who are you? You are a team player and consensus builder who is community-minded and looking for leadership opportunities. You will shape the youth experience at Halifax Central Library.

Halifax Central
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
February 7 - June 6, 2023
To apply, please fill out the online form.
Applications are open until February 15.

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Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca
 


Teen Media: Podcast & Blog

Communications Work

Ages 14-18 

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

What will you be doing? For 1-2 hours each week, you will be meeting with other Teen Media volunteers to create content for Halifax Public Libraries’ youth-run podcast and community blog. Responsibilities will include: creating and editing segments of audio content, such as interviews, commentaries, and essays as well as structuring, writing, and editing accompanying blog posts.

Who are you? A budding communications professional, natural storyteller, and team player. You are a creative type with a voice that reflects the opinions and sentiments of Haligonians.

Halifax Central
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
February 8 - June 7, 2023
To apply, please fill out the online form.

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Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca

 


Video Game Assistant

Who are you helping? Every day, children ages 5-14 get excited about using the Library's video games. Some kids might be familiar with the systems, and some may not due to access or age. 

What will you be doing? You will be volunteering for 4 shifts per month lasting 2 hours each in October to December. During your shifts, you will be assisting with video game set-up and troubleshooting in the children's area.

Who are you? You are comfortable operating a Playstation 4 and know your way around an assortment of video games. You like interacting with children ages 5-14 in a busy environment.

Session is full »

Questions? Email teen@halifax.ca

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