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Volunteer Opportunities For Teens

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Last year, the Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department asked teens how they would like to improve their community. Resoundingly, teens wanted volunteer opportunities and community events geared towards teens. To fill this need, the Library will be holding a Teen Fair, created and led by teens, at Glendale’s Downtown Central Library on Friday, February 8, 2019. Volunteer community service opportunities are available leading up to the Fair, and include involvement in Teen Advisory Boards.   <Read More>

TEEN WORKSHOP Volunteer Opportunities 

Earn community service hours at MakerSpace and SoundSpace workshops at Downtown Central Library. Spaces are limited for MakerSpace or SoundSpace workshops. Please register on EventBrite.


Earn community service hours at drop-in Teen Workshops.

DIY DESIGNS - Wednesdays, November 21, December 5 & 19, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Pacific Park Library
Teens & Tweens! Create fun do-it-yourself projects out of everyday materials and encourage your creative side. All materials provided. Ages 9 - 18.

PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays through November, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Pacific Park Library
Make photo-worthy food art then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Supplies will be provided. Ages 9 - 18.

GET HOOKED - Saturdays, December 8 & 22, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Pacific Park Library 
Curious about crochet? Learn the basics and make a bookmark or test your skills and create a scarf! Hooks available for use during the program. Ages 9+

FINALS CAFÉ - Monday - Wednesday, December 17 - 19, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m., Pacific Park Library
Looking for a place to study for finals? Take over YOUR Teen Space to study with friends or on your own. Need a study break? Unwind and color with supplies provided. For 9th – 12th grade students only.

PAUSE FOR THE PAWS - Tuesday, December 18, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Pacific Park Library
Finals stressing you out? Take a study break to hang out with a local therapy dog. This proven stress reliever is for 9th - 12th grade students only.

- Entry Submissions - Wednesday, December 5, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
- Public Voting - Thursday, December 6, 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Be part of the first Annual Gingerbread Contest. Gather together with friends or family to see if you have what it takes to take home the gold (ribbon that is)! Entries must be submitted on Wednesday, December 5, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Pacific Park Library. Public voting for the “Fan Favorite” will take place Thursday, December 6, from 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Download our flyer for more details and rules.


Young Makers: Painternoon - Grandview Library, Friday, November 16, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Calling all teens who want to improve their artistic skills! We will be hosting a painting class taught by a professional artist. Materials and fun will be provided.

Young Makers: DIY Motivational Water Bottles - Grandview Library, Thursday, December 13, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Calling all teens that need a little motivation to stay hydrated! Join us for a water bottle DIY decal party. Water bottles will be provided!

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Teen Volunteer Opportunities at Brand Library & Art Center

Looking for Teen Volunteers for the Brand Library Book to Art Club. The Book to Art Club combines reading, discussion and art-making! You would help to: set up, guide our art activity and participate in the discussion.

Please contact Art Librarian Erin.


Earn Community Service Hours at Author Events

Teens who attend selected Friends of the Library author events can receive up to 2.5 hours of community service hours. Please register on EventBrite.

Read a Book, Write a Review -  EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

Read a book and write a review for one hour of service credit. You can review anything that you're reading for pleasure (not for school!)—fiction, nonfiction, manga, or anything you want. Your review will appear on the Teen Speak Blog.


  • Reviewed books must be part of the Library's the teen or adult collections. Find out the collection level of the book by checking out our catalog.
  • The Summary and Opinion section must be at least 100 words or 400 characters long.
  • One week after your submission, you should receive a confirmation email. Under certain circumstances, the confirmation email may take up to one month. Give yourself enough time!
  • Plagiarism, a.k.a. "copy and paste," will not be accepted. You cannot use someone else's words to receive volunteer credit. You will be banned from using this site if you are suspected of plagiarism.
  • A maximum of five reviews per week will be accepted.

If you are unsure of how to write a review take a look at Teen Speak Blog to see some examples.

Questions? Contact Library staff via email.

Opportunities Outside the Library

Help support the City of Glendale’s Community Services and Parks Department by volunteering and supporting the following organizations and programs:


FRIENDS OF ROCKHAVEN – Provides private tours and education and helps maintain the Rockhaven grounds. Website: http://www.cvhistory.org/rockhaven.htm; E-mail: FriendsofRockhaven@gmail.com; Phone: (818) 248-1707.

GLENDALE PARKS & OPEN SPACE FOUNDATION – A non-profit raising funds to help support City of Glendale parks, open spaces, and programs. Website: http://www.glendaleparksfoundation.org; E-mail: info@glendaleparksfoundation.org.

TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE PROGRAM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Actively seeking volunteers to help out with the Restoration Program, Interpretive Program, Trail Maintenance Crew, Trail Safety Patrol, and the Iris Gardeners. E-mail: TrailOpenspace@glendaleca.gov; Phone: (818) 548-3795.

OTHER Community Services & Parks VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Please contact one of your local Community Center’s supervisors from the Volunteer Locations List to inquire about current opportunities. 

Click here for a description of each organization and program.