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?

We require all volunteers to submit an application. Applications for 2018 positions are now available. You can download applications below or stop by the library to get yours. Completed applications must be returned to the second floor Kids & Teens Ask Us desk. If you are submitting more than one application please mark the order of your preference on each application (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.).

How do I get a copy of my hours?

Contact Heidi Estrada 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.

2018 VolunTEEN Positions:

Book Buddies

Book Buddies provide guided reading and listen to students read to help them become better at reading aloud.  Book Buddies must be able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours throughout the summer. 

Chess Coaches

Chess Coaches will help experienced players improve their game, and teach new players the basics. Volunteers are expected to set up before and clean up after chess tutoring.  Coaches must be able to commit to working a minimum of 5 sessions throughout the summer. 

Garden Math Lab Assistant

Garden Math Lab Assistants will work in the garden to help children practice hands-on math and statistical skills. Assistants will also help with the IPPL Community market. Assistants must plan to work at least 2 shifts on Tuesday evening, July 10-August 28.

STEM Assistants

STEM Assistants will help students in grades 2-6 explore and learn about Lego Robotics, Arduino Circuits, or coding. Each session will be Monday through Wednesday, and assistants are expected to work all three days of their chosen session.

Summer Math Challenge

Summer Math Challenge VolunTEENs will help correct summer math challenge packets and hand out prizes to participants. They may also help with other library projects as needed. These VolunTEENs are expected to work at least 2 shifts at the library. 


Prize Week VolunTEENs 

Prize Week VolunTEEN applications will be available mid-June. If you would like to receive a reminder, click on the link above to fill out a reminder form.

Prize Week VolunTEENs help children and adults during the summer challenge, hand out prizes, and may help with other projects in the library as needed. Volunteers should plan on working at the library for at least two 3-hour shifts during prize week. Registration VolunTEENs must be able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours between July 29 to August 5. A mandatory orientation will take place on Sunday, July 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to make this commitment, please consider a different volunteer opportunity.



Benefits of the VolunTEEN program:

  • It's fun!
  • If you complete your committed service time, you will receive a VIP invitation to the end of summer Gaming Lock-In.
  • 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. You have the 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.
  • VolunTEENs may work only the hours assigned to them.