Are you looking for a fun way to earn service hours, get job experience or make a difference in your community this summer? Then, you should apply to be a Summer VolunTEEN.

Who can apply?

If you are entering grades 7-12 and have an IPPL library card or attend a school in our district, you may apply for one or more of the VolunTEEN positions listed below.


How many hours do I need to volunteer for?

Each VolunTEEN opportunity requires a different time commitment. Please read the application carefully and consider which opportunities may be best for you and your schedule.


How do I apply?

Applications for 2019 positions are now available. Download applications below (click on the link for each position,) or pick up applications at the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk. Completed applications must be returned to the Kids & Teens Desk. If you are submitting more than one application, please mark the order of your preference on each application (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.).

Positions will be confirmed by a VolunTEEN coordinator prior to mandatory orientation dates, and volunteers will receive schedules at orientation.


How do I get a copy of my hours?

Contact Natalie Williams at 630/887-0718 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get a copy of your timesheet(s) and/or a confirmation letter. All requests for written recommendations or confirmation of hours completed will require one week to process.


2019 VolunTEEN Positions

Book Buddies

Book Buddies provide guided reading and listen to students, grades 1-4, read aloud. Buddies must commit to a minimum of eight hours.

Chess Coaches

Chess Coaches teach new players the basics and help experienced players improve their game. Coaches also set up before and clean up after chess tutoring. Coaches must commit to a minimum of six sessions.

Garden Math Lab Assistant

Assistants work in the garden to help children practice hands-on math and statistical skills, as well as help with the Community Market. Assistants must commit to two shifts.

Mission Math Assistants

Mission Math Assistants help grade Mission Math packets and hand out prizes. Assistants must commit to four shifts.

Pollinators Lab Assistant

Pollinators Lab Assistants work with children, grades 1-3, with a special pollinator project that will help the library become an official Monarch Waystation. Assistants must commit to two shifts

Science Lab Assistant

Science Lab Assistants help children, grades 1-6, with science activities about worm and helper bugs, soil, wind, rain, the sun, and pollination. Assistants must commit to four shifts.

Tech Club

Tech Club VolunTEENS help lead Teen-Taught Tech Club classes. VolunTEENS must commit to three shifts, and schedule time with a coordinator to familiarize themselves with the technology unless they already know how it works.


Benefits of the VolunTEEN Program

  • It's fun!
  • Your work serves people of all ages and is a valuable contribution to the community.
  • You may fulfill service hours for school, confirmation, honor society, and other organizations.
  • You are eligible to receive letters of recommendation for job references, honor society, as well as school and community awards.
  • You are gaining valuable job experience and have an opportunity to demonstrate good attendance, dependability, creativity, and interpersonal skills while you work with us.

Additional Information about the VolunTEEN Program

  • All assignments will be confirmed by the VolunTEEN coordinators via phone.
  • Due to the limited number of positions available for certain jobs, you may be asked to choose an alternate position if your first choice has filled.