Youth & Teen Volunteering

Volunteering at the Green Hills Public Library District is a great opportunity to meet friends and to give back to your Library and community.  There are several different ways for youth and teens to volunteer at the Library.  Pick the one that best suits your schedule.

Individuals interested in volunteering must complete a participation form and be at least 10 years old.  Volunteers under 18 years of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian to participate in the volunteer program.  Once the participation has been processed and approved, volunteers will receive a welcome email from the Youth Services Librarian Klaudia Gorgon.

Questions can be directed to Youth Services at 708-598-8446 ext. 117 or youthservices@greenhillslibrary.org.

Volunteering Options

  1. In-Person Volunteering
    • In-person volunteering includes a variety of activities such as craft preparation, shelf straightening, shelf reading, and helping keep the Youth Services Department neat. 
    • Volunteers can sign up for shifts using SignUpGenius
    • Volunteers are limited to signing up for two shifts per month, but may sign up for additional shifts if there are still openings the week of the shift. 
    • Volunteers must give 24 hours’ notice if they are unable to make their shift.  Exceptions will be made for emergencies.
    • If a volunteer has two no-call no-shows, they will be removed from the program.
    • Final school submission forms must be signed by the Head of Youth Services.  Forms may be dropped off during all operational hours and volunteers will be contacted when the signed form is ready to be picked up.
  2. Monthly Volunteer Programs
    • Monthly volunteer programs allow volunteers to sign up to participate in a monthly service project. 
    • All monthly programs will be published on our event calendar.  Programs may not run every single month.  
    • Final school submission forms must be signed by the Head of Youth Services.  Forms may be dropped off during all operational hours and volunteers will be contacted when the signed form is ready to be picked up. 
  3. Virtual Volunteering

    Earn volunteer hours from home!  Students ages 10-18 can earn virtual service hours from the Library by writing reviews about books, audiobooks, TV series, movies, and video games.  Reviews can be sent via email to youthservices@greenhillslibrary.org for approval.  Approved reviews will appear in whole or part on the Library’s website, social media, or in promotional resources at the Library. 

    Criteria

    • Reviews must be a minimum of two paragraphs, and a minimum of 250 words.  
      • 1st paragraph
        • Summary
      • 2nd paragraph
        • What did you like about it?  What did you dislike? 
        • Would you recommend it?  Why or why not?
    • Reviews must not contain spoilers. 
    • Reviews must be written in your own words, without the assistance of AI. 
    • Items do not need to be owned by GHPLD but must be available within SWAN.  Please check our online catalog.
    • When emailing your review, include your full name and age, and include how you would like your name to appear alongside your review (i.e. first and last name, first name and last initial, first name only, anonymous). 

    Hours

    • 2 hours of volunteer credit will be granted per review.

    Final school submission forms must be signed by the Head of Youth Services.  Forms may be dropped off during all operational hours and volunteers will be contacted when the signed form is ready to be picked up. 

Featured Review

Video Game: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Reviewed By: Jenna

The Poppy War is a military fantasy with dark turns and seemingly no sign of peace for Rin—our main protagonist that is orphaned, dark skinned, and poor—when she sets her eyes on passing the country-wide placement test and attending the most sought-after military academy in Nikan, a desperate method of escaping her arranged marriage. Once she achieves her challenge she learns that being accepted wasn't her biggest challenge. She spends a year at Sinegard being mocked by the wealthy and the privileged which only set more fire to Rin’s determination to be equal, and on this journey Rin learns that maybe there's other ways to succeed. With the help of her teacher she begins practice of the nearly-mythical art of shamanism.

This is not a book for your everyday reader. The Poppy War is a long journey of brutality. The author is exemplary at building tension and setting up a new world. Once the actions get going, she seems to only find joy in giving readers pain. I never knew in which parts to be ecstatic and which parts to be petrified, I constantly was checking my back to make sure this truly was a good thing. My expectations for the plot were so wrong that I was constantly forced to sit and reflect just to get my bearings. But what truly shocked me the most was the horrible realization that the author’s depiction of the war between Nikan and Mugen was strongly influenced by the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s, and specifically the Nanjing Massacre. There’s nothing too false about the horrors in this book that represent our real world. Most times I had to pick my jaw up from the floor while reading the truth of war and massacre. The Poppy war is an amazing tale of vengeance and I can't wait to get to the next book. If you're looking for a book that shows no kindness to the horror of wars with a main character that is ruthless, this is the book for you.