Teen Volunteers Needed at the Johnson County Library

Is your junior high or high school student looking for volunteer opportunities this summer? Consider applying at your favorite Johnson County Library branch!

The Library relies on teen volunteers in the summer for various tasks like shelving holds materials, helping with game nights and library programs, distributing summer reading challenge books and other duties.

The list of opportunities can be accessed online and include options for just a day, the summer or all year round! Check out the volunteer portal to see open volunteer opportunities, locations, job descriptions and minimum age requirements.

Ongoing opportunities include the option to read advanced copies of books and share reviews and recommendations for fellow library users.

Young Adult Literary Council

Teens are invited to join the Young Adult Literary Council to share favorite books and participate in fun activities. You can meet new people and receive volunteer credit hours for your time with us.

Teen Book Reviewer

Read and review teen books and review them for the Library’s teen website for volunteer credit! Every review published on the website earns the reviewer two hours (one for reading the book, one for writing the review). Instructions and training will be given to all reviewers, no previous experience necessary.

What teen volunteers say about their experience:

  • ”I enjoyed the opportunity to interact with many kids and children. It was fun to be able to help them find a book and talk with them!”
  • “I loved shelving books, the organization, and being a great help to the staff.”
  • “It was really fun having some time to myself to work on a specific project, and to know that I was helping make crafts for kids to have tons of fun with!”
  • “I got to learn more about the library and how it worked. It was enjoyable and I felt helpful but never got stressed out. Everyone was super nice which made it a lot easier too.”
  • “I enjoyed the friendly staff and lists of tasks. I always knew what to expect coming in for my shift.“
  • “I enjoyed getting to know the people at the library better and learning more about what goes on behind the scenes at the library.”

Apply today!


Sarah McGinnity
Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!


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