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Just for Teens @ Alvin Sherman Library

Information on teen events, teen volunteer program, and teen services at the Alvin Sherman Library.

Teens between the ages of 13-18 can earn service hours at the Alvin Sherman Library!


In order to become a Teen Volunteer, you can:

1) Sign up for our Virtual Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group that helps librarians with projects in a virtual environment and offers insight into teen programs, collections, and services. Participants earn hours for simply attending and participating in the virtual meetings. TAB members will also have the opportunity to complete online tasks for the library.

2) Volunteer In Person

In-person volunteer opportunities are offered every week as well as for special programs where we need additional staff and help. In order to volunteer in-person, you will need to turn in the Volunteer Application and Volunteer Affidavit, which you can find linked below. You will also need to attend an In Person Teen Volunteer Orientation, where you will learn about volunteer procedures and the types of projects you will work on.

You can also contact the Young Adult Librarian, Ruth Shaw (, if you have any additional questions!


NEW! Become a Teen Media Reviewer

Are you between the ages of 13-18 and love to read? Or watch movies?  Or play video games?


Here’s your chance to tell others about the books you read, the movies you watch, and the games you play. Have your voice heard and earn community service hours. Become a Teen Media Reviewer!


Review the tabs in this box to learn more!

1.   Please fill out a teen volunteer application, if you have not done so already.  You will find teen volunteer application forms on this page in the right sidebar. 

2.   Email your completed application to

3. You will receive an email from the volunteer coordinator when your application has been approved.  Once your application is approved, you can review the media review guidelines and begin submitting reviews. 

4.  Only correctly completed reviews will receive the service hour credits.  The Young Adult Librarian may ask you to revise anything that was not completed correctly before approving the review.

5.  Reviewers will receive one community service hour for each approved review. You can submit up to 12 reviews per calendar year for a total of 12 qualifying volunteer hours.

6.  Approved reviews will be displayed anonymously on our website in an area for book recommendations for teens so that they can help other readers, movie fans, and gamers decide what to read/watch/play next.  

1.  Media Reviewers must review a book/movie/video game that is owned by the Alvin Sherman Library.

2.  Any book reviewed must be from the YA Collection.

3.  Any media item reviewed must have been released within the last five years.

4.  You will get 1 hour of community service time for each approved review.

5. The Young Adult Librarian will assess the completed reviews to assure that all required components are included and the content is appropriate.  Any inappropriate content will result in dismissal as a media reviewer, and possibly as a library volunteer.

Contact the Young Adult Librarian/Volunteer Coordinator if you have any additional questions!

Ruth Shaw, MSLIS

Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

Office (954) 262-5472

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Teen Advisory Board is a great way to earn community service hours while connecting with others, helping your community, and having fun!

Help librarians plan and make decisions about library programs and services for teens!

Open to teens between the ages of 13-18.

Weekly Volunteering

Any high school student between the ages of 14-18 is welcome to apply to volunteer for the Public Library Services (PLS) Department of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

Submit all applications to the PLS Reference Desk, located on the first floor of the library.

Please note that there are a limited number of teen volunteer positions available; submission of an application does not guarantee a position in the program.  Applicants will be contacted via email on a first come, first serve basis by the Teen Volunteer Coordinator to attend an upcoming Teen Volunteer Orientation.

If no volunteer positions are currently available, applications will be kept on file for a waiting list. Decisions as to who is accepted into the program are at the discretion of the Teen Volunteer Coordinator.