Volunteer Opportunities at Multnomah County Library


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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Multnomah County Library! 

Here is how to use this website to find volunteer opportunities:

  1. Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. We have in-person and virtual volunteer roles available. If you do not see an opportunity listed for the library location or program you are interested in, it is because it is not available.
  2. If you see a volunteer opportunity you are interested in, fill out an application. 

If you don't see anything that interests you right now, we encourage you to check back. We post volunteer opportunities as they are available.

Questions? Contact Volunteer Services by email at libvols@multcolib.org or by phone at 503.988.5731


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Do you want to inspire people to read this summer? Volunteer with the Summer Reading program! As a volunteer, you will help people:

  •  Sign up for the game
  • Award prizes
  • Talk with people about books and more. 

All volunteers need to fill out an application, which will be available on this page and at all library locations on April 15. Volunteer shifts begin on June 16 and end on August 31. Learn more about Summer Reading Volunteering.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Reading Volunteering

Summer Reading logo

Do you want to inspire people to read this summer? Volunteer with the Summer Reading program! As a volunteer, you will help people sign up for the game, award prizes, talk with people about books, and more. Summer Reading volunteers do not read to kids, check out books to patrons, or shelve books. Learn more about Summer Reading volunteering.

All volunteers need to fill out an application, even if you have volunteered with us before. Volunteer shifts begin on June 16 and end on August 31.

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Services Office by email at libvols@multcolib.org or by phone at 503.988.5731 

 

How to apply: Fill out the Summer Reading Volunteer Application online or go to your local library for a paper application.

Adult Literacy (online/in-person, age 18+)

Adult Literacy volunteers support learners with GED exam tutoring, English language classes, tutoring for adults learning to read, and other needs such as help with college placement tests, studying for vocational tests, etc. Opportunities are available online and in-person. 

See current Adult Literacy volunteer opportunities and apply here.

Makerspace Mentor at Rockwood Library (ages 14-18)

Multnomah County Library seeks creative teen volunteers to assist with the Rockwood Library makerspace. The makerspace aims to inspire teens to make - using your hands, provided tools, and imaginations! Teen Maker volunteers will test new maker activities with other teens inside the makerspace. Volunteers will also have the chance to help shape the space by providing valuable feedback and ideas. Learn more about the Rockwood Makerspace.

BIPOC community members and those fluent in languages other than English are encouraged to apply.

Location: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

Time commitment: Two to four shifts per month. We ask volunteers for a commitment to participate for 6 months. Scheduling is flexible; most shifts are after school hours and on weekends, with some evenings in the future.

Responsibilities

  • Welcome teens to Teen Drop In, help them sign in and get started in the space
  • Mentor other teens on how to make, build and create
  • Other tasks could include: preparing and organizing makerspace supplies, making fliers, collecting statistics, data entry, making reminder calls to volunteers or people signed up for maker classes
  • Train users on safety rules and equipment use

Skills & Qualifications

  • Comfortable and excited about trying new creative things
  • Enthusiastic about working with others 
  • Enjoy talking with people and providing information
  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Ability to follow directions and makerspace rules
  • Ability to work and talk effectively with people from different cultures
  • Reliable and ability to travel to Rockwood for agreed upon scheduled shifts
  • 14-18 years of age with some exceptions made for 12 and 13 year olds

Training & Other Requirements

  • Meeting and overview of makerspace with Makerspace staff
  • Previous attendance in makerspace programs including Drop In and workshops
  • Attend specific makerspace training, some of the training may be online
  • Site orientation and review of volunteer program policies and procedures

Benefits

  • Regular volunteering to help our community learn and create
  • Use of cool new technology equipment
  • Learn new skills and teach others
  • Be around creative people that like to make, build and create
  • Hang out in the makerspace
  • Get volunteer hours for school or service project requirements
  • Enhance your college application by listing the people and technology skills you gain volunteering in the Makerspace

Photo of people working on a project in the makerspace

Makerspace Mentor at Rockwood Library (age 18+)

Do you want to volunteer in a collaborative learning environment with an emphasis on middle and high school learners? The makerspace at Rockwood Library provides access to innovative technology, equipment, software and supportive mentors.

The makerspace aims to inspire patrons to make - using their hands, provided tools, and imaginations! Volunteers and staff provide a welcoming environment so patrons are supported as they learn and create. Learn more about the Rockwood Makerspace

BIPOC community members and those fluent in languages other than English are encouraged to apply.

Location: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

Time commitment: Two to four 3-hour shifts per month. We ask volunteers for a commitment to participate for 6 months. Scheduling is flexible; shifts occur Tuesday through Saturday. Most shifts are in the afternoons, some are in the early evening, and some are on Saturdays.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Greet teen and adult makerspace users and help them get oriented to the space.
  • Support users working on self-directed projects including video gaming, 3D and 2D design, 3D printing, laser cutting/engraving, sewing, art and more.
  • Build relationships with makerspace users.
  • Train users on safety rules and equipment use, encourage everyone to follow the Makerspace safety and community agreements.
  • Attend scheduled volunteer meetings and networking events.

Skills & Qualifications

  •  Interest and desire to engage while working with teen and adult patrons.
  • Ability to work and talk effectively with people from different cultures.
  • Intermediate technology skills - comfortable using computers for internet browsing and basic troubleshooting.
  • Comfortable with asking questions and learning throughout the creation process.
  • Patient, flexible, reliable, compassionate, encouraging.  Someone who enjoys celebrating the successes of others.

Benefits

  • Be around creative teens and adults that like to make, build and create.
  • Use your creative side to try out new activities and equipment, then share your skills and knowledge with others.
  • Make a positive impact in the lives of teens and adults as they build community and STEAM skills in the makerspace.

Training & Other Requirements

  • Meet with makerspace staff for tour and overview of makerspace offerings.
  • Shadow at least one drop-in session.
  • Attend specific makerspace training, some of the training is online.
  • Site orientation and review of volunteer program policies and procedures.
  • Criminal record check for volunteers over 18 years of age (paid for by the library). Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.

Photo of people working on a project in the makerspace

Read to the Dogs at Woodstock Library (age 18+)

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer at the library with your certified therapy dog? Read to the Dogs is a popular program that gives kids the opportunity to make a new friend and improve their reading. We are looking for enthusiastic dog/person teams to help young readers build their confidence by practicing their reading skills. All teams must be certified prior to applying. If you’re not yet certified, check out Pet Partners, Portland Area Canine Therapy Teams, or Alliance for Therapy Dogs for more information.

Time Commitment: Minimum two, 1-hour - 2 hour shifts per month for six months 

Current Openings

Woodstock Library, Fridays from 4-5:00pm, the first & third Fridays or the 2nd & fourth Fridays from June to August.

Duties

  • Accompany certified therapy dog at all times

  • Facilitate positive reading experiences with young struggling readers

  • Provide a good interaction between your therapy dog and individual children and parents

  • Teach children about how to positively interact with animals

  • Maintain therapy animal certification through the duration of volunteer position

Qualifications

  • Current Certification by Pet Partners, Portland Canine Therapy Team, or Alliance of Therapy Dogs is required

  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Minimum 18 years or older

  • Patience and flexibility

  • Comfort working with diverse groups of people and diverse learning abilities

  • Comfort working with various ages of young children

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

  • Empathy and a friendly demeanor

  • Ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate with volunteers and staff 

Benefits

  • Gain leadership skills

  • Help youth with literacy skills

  • Interact with children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds

  • Engage in a meaningful service

  • Contribute to our mission: The leading advocate for reading

Training

  • Onboarding and orientation to volunteering at Multnomah County Library staff at the host location

Storytime Assistant at Hollywood Library (age 18+)

Let your inner child out through song and dance and become a Storytime Assistant! Volunteers help the storytime presenter with greeting and signing in parents and children for storytime and monitoring the door to make sure the group size does not exceed occupancy limits. Other duties may include: assisting with storytime set-up and cleaning toys. Volunteers don’t lead storytimes or read books to patrons.

 

Location: Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St., Portland, OR, 97212

 

Time Commitment: Weekly, for a minimum of 3 months 

 

Available shift:  Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am or 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

   

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Assist with preparing the room for storytime

  • Welcome children and adults to storytime

  • Make name tags for latecomers

  • Participate in storytime and model activities to adults

  • Hand out books during the program

  • Assist with cleaning toys after storytime

  • Assist staff with attendees as needed

  

Skills & Qualifications

  • Reliability and ability to commit to volunteering every week

  • Welcoming & respectful of people from all cultures, backgrounds, and types of families

  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to an unstructured environment

  • Ability to get up and down from the floor

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Minimum 18 years or older

 

Benefits

  • Be part of a fun library program

  • Get experience working with library programs

  • Be part of a community of volunteers who care about libraries and literacy

  • Connect with other people in the community

  • Get to know the inner workings of the library

 

Training & Other Requirements

  • Potential volunteers should attend storytimes first to get a feel for the program

  • A volunteer application must be completed before becoming a volunteer

  • Wear your volunteer badge and fill out a timesheet every time you volunteer

  • Training and support will be provided by storytime providers

Tech Help at Central Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one and using a variety of devices. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. Volunteers who are also fluent in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Russian are encouraged to apply. 

Currently recruiting: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 

Time commitment: One weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months, starting in April. 

Available shifts: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays during open hours

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures

Skills & Qualifications

  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Ability to fluently speak and read Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Russian is also welcomed.

Benefits

  • Feel that you are a making a difference in someone’s life
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Tech Help shadowing
  • Onsite orientation and training

Tech Help at Gresham Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Are you fluent in Spanish, Russian, or English? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one and using a variety of devices. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. 

Currently recruiting: Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham, OR 97030 

Time commitment: One weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months, starting in June. 

Available shifts: 

  • Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Russian or English fluency
  • Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Spanish or English fluency

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures

Skills & Qualifications

  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Ability to fluently speak and read Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Russian is also welcomed.

Benefits

  • Feel that you are a making a difference in someone’s life
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Tech Help shadowing
  • Onsite orientation and training

Tech Help at Kenton Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Are you fluent in Spanish and/or English? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one and using a variety of devices. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. 

Currently recruiting: Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver Ave, Portland 97217

Time commitment: One weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months, starting in July. 

Available shifts: 

  • Fridays 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Spanish and/or English fluency

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures

Skills & Qualifications

  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Ability to fluently speak and read Spanish is welcomed

Benefits

  • Feel that you are a making a difference in someone’s life
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Tech Help shadowing
  • Onsite orientation and training

Tech Help at Rockwood Library (age 18+)

Do you always get asked by friends and family members to help with their tech issues - and love it? Are you also fluent in Spanish, Russian, or Vietnamese in addition to English? Share your tech skills with library patrons who need help with mobile devices, websites, downloading, e-readers, getting started with tech, and more. Tech Help sessions involve working with people one-on-one and using a variety of devices. Empower patrons by improving their computer skills and their access to information. 

Currently recruiting: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233  

Time commitment: One weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months

Available shifts: Wednesdays 3:00 - 5:50 pm

 

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Help people use the Internet and assist with their email accounts
  • Teach patron resources related to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Home Office and other office productivity software
  • Assist patrons with learning about personal electronic devices like e-readers, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets and various applications
  • Help people use the library catalog and other library electronic resources
  • Please note, we do not perform repairs or troubleshoot equipment problems or failures

Skills & Qualifications

  • Enjoy teaching people new skills and problem-solving with others.
  • Patience to work with novice computer/smartphone users.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer & smartphone components, Internet, and email
  • Proficient knowledge of computer software & smartphone apps, or the desire to learn it
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy working with people with diverse educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work with older adults
  • Age 18 or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to volunteering.
  • Ability to fluently speak and read Russian, Spanish, or Vietnamese is also welcomed.

Benefits

  • Feel that you are a making a difference in someone’s life
  • Empower people to use technology
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Learn more about adult learning styles
  • Get frontline experience working with library patrons

Training

  • Tech Help shadowing
  • Onsite orientation and training

Online Teen Council (age 12-18)

Join Online Teen Council (6th - 12th grade)

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm or Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

  • A safe place for everyone to be themselves, whoever that may be.
  • A virtual space to hang out with new friends, share ideas, and find things in common.
  • A place to advocate for a cause.
  • A way to support the library while earning volunteer hours.

 

 

 

Teen Council at Gresham Library (age 12-18)

Middle and high school students meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Teen councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for teens. This is an opportunity to help the library organize and facilitate teen meetings, plan teen activities, develop library displays and help with library events. Meeting other Teen Council members is an added bonus.

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  
  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks
  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  
  • A way to be a part of your library.
  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects
  • A place to plan a community event or advocate for a cause 
  • A safe place to be yourself

Location: Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030 

Time Commitment: 2 times per month for one hour each

Age Requirement: 12-18 years old

Meeting Dates & Times: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm 

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in teen council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings
  • Identify ways that adults can help

Skills & Qualifications

  • Ability to work with other teens
  • Dependability

Training & Other Requirements

  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

Benefits

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school and scholarships
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects.  
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause.  
  • A safe place to be yourself.

Tween Council at Belmont Library (age 9-12)

Students grades 4th-6th meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Tween councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for tweens. This is an opportunity to help the library improve the collection for tweens, plan tween activities, develop library displays and help with library events, and generally facilitate a way to get tween input and involvement in the library. Meeting other Tween Council members is an added bonus.

 

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  
  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks
  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  
  • A way to be a part of your library
  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects   
  • A safe place to be yourself!

Location: Belmont Library, 1038 SE César E. Chávez Boulevard 

Time Commitment: 2 meetings per month, 60 minutes each

 

Age requirement: 9-12 years old

 

Meeting dates & times: 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4-5pm

 

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in tween council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings and library events
  • Identify ways that adults can help improve the library for tweens

 

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with other tweens
  • Dependability

 

Training & Other Requirements:

  • Training will be provided at the library as needed
  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

 

Benefits:

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Learn from others who have different life experiences and opinions
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects  
  • A safe place to be yourself.

Tween Council at Capitol Hill Library (age 9-12)

Students ages 9-12 meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Tween councils meet once monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for tweens. This is an opportunity to help the library improve the collection for tweens, plan tween activities, develop library displays and help with library events, and generally facilitate a way to get tween input and involvement in the library. Meeting other Tween Council members is an added bonus.

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  
  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks
  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  
  • A way to be a part of your library
  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects 
  • A place to plan a community event or advocate for a cause  
  • A safe place to be yourself!

Time commitment: 1 meeting per month, 60 minutes in length

Age requirement: 9-12 years old

Meeting dates/times: 4th Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm

Tasks & responsibilities:

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in tween council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings and library events
  • Identify ways that adults can help improve the library for tweens

Skills & qualifications:

  • Ability to work with other tweens
  • Dependability

Training & other requirements:

  • Training will be provided at the library as needed
  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

Benefits:

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Learn from others who have different life experiences and opinions
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects  
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause 
  • A safe place to be yourself

Tween Council at Kenton Library (in-person, age 9-12)

Students grades 3rd-6th meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Tween councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for tweens. This is an opportunity to help the library improve the collection for tweens, plan tween activities, develop library displays and help with library events, and generally facilitate a way to get tween input and involvement in the library. Meeting other Tween Council members is an added bonus.

 

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  

  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks

  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  

  • A way to be a part of your library

  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects 

  • A place to plan a community event or advocate for a cause  

  • A safe place to be yourself!

 

Location: Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver, Portland, OR 97217

 

Time Commitment:  2 meetings per month, 90 minutes each

 

Age Requirement: 9 - 12 years old

 

Meeting Dates & Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM

   

Tasks & Responsibilities 

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in tween council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings and library events
  • Identify ways that adults can help improve the library for tweens

 

Skills & Qualifications

  • Ability to work with other tweens
  • Dependability

 

Training & Other Requirements

  • Training will be provided at the library as needed
  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

 

Benefits

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Learn from others who have different life experiences and opinions
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects  
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause 
  • A safe place to be yourself.

Teen Council at Rockwood Library (age 12-18)

Middle and high school students meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Teen councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for teens. This is an opportunity to help the library organize and facilitate teen meetings, plan teen activities, develop library displays and help with library events. Meeting other Teen Council members is an added bonus.

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  
  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks
  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  
  • A way to be a part of your library and make a difference in it
  • A safe place to be yourself

Location: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233

Time Commitment: One 1.5 hour meeting per month

Age Requirement: 12-18 years old

Meeting Dates & Times: 4th Thursday of each month, 4:15-5:45pm, except August

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in teen council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings
  • Identify ways that adults can help

Skills & Qualifications

  • Willingness to work with other teens
  • Dependability

Other Requirements

  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

Benefits

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school and scholarships
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause
  • A safe place to be yourself

 

Tween Council at Woodstock Library (4th-6th grade)

Students grades 4th-6th meet to get involved at neighborhood libraries. Tween councils meet twice monthly and work with library staff to help improve services for tweens. This is an opportunity to help the library improve the collection for tweens, plan tween activities, develop library displays and help with library events, and generally facilitate a way to get tween input and involvement in the library. Meeting other Tween Council members is an added bonus.

  • A fun, simple way to earn volunteer hours  

  • A chance to eat free (yummy) snacks

  • A venue for meeting new people outside of school  

  • A way to be a part of your library

  • An opportunity to collaborate on or lead group projects 

  • A place to plan a community event or advocate for a cause  

  • A safe place to be yourself!

Location: Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Time Commitment: 2 meetings per month, 1 hour each

Age Requirement: 4th-6th grade

Meeting Dates & Time: 2nd and 4th Fridays, 4:00-5:00 PM

Tasks & Responsibilities 

  • Respect and support other council members
  • Participate in meetings and in tween council brainstorming and activities
  • Learn how to contribute ideas and get things done
  • Chance to organize and facilitate council meetings and library events
  • Identify ways that adults can help improve the library for tweens

Skills & Qualifications

  • Ability to work with other tweens
  • Dependability

Training & Other Requirements

  • Training will be provided at the library as needed
  • A volunteer application must be completed in order to earn service hours

 Benefits

  • Build skills in event planning and evaluation
  • Find a community of people who care about the same issues you do 
  • Learn from others who have different life experiences and opinions
  • Connect with people in your neighborhood
  • Get service hours for school
  • Opportunities to collaborate on or lead group projects  
  • Opportunities to plan a community event or advocate for a cause 
  • A safe place to be yourself

About Multnomah County Library

Our Mission: Empowering our community to learn and create

Multnomah County Library website