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Trenton Veterans Memorial Library: Proudly Serving the Communities of Brownstown, Grosse Ile, Trenton, and Woodhaven, Michigan.

Teen Volunteering

Interested in Volunteering?

Interested in volunteering at the library? If you're 14-17 years old, fill out our Teen Volunteer Application and drop it off at the library's circulation desk or email it to Ashley Hull at

Please note that as we have a limited number of volunteer opportunities and changing library needs, we cannot guarantee a certain number of volunteer hours or immediate placement.  You will be contacted as soon as a volunteer opportunity arises.

Why volunteer at the library?

  • Help your community and provide a valuable service

  • Volunteering can be considered work experience for jobs and college applications

  • Fulfill any school requirements you may have

To volunteer at the library as a teen, you must:

Be 14-17 years old

Complete and sign the teen volunteer application

Have a work permit on file

Work permits can be found online or at the school you attend.   Please note: work permits must be printed front and back on pink or yellow paper before they will be accepted.

Please review State of Michigan youth volunteer and work requirements.

Work permits need to be updated yearly.

What are some of the things I can do as a volunteer?

Friends of the Library Book Sale assistance (May and October)

Helping to organize books

Moving boxes of books

Checking library shelves and finding books for library staff.

Help library staff with library programs.   This can include preparing program materials, setting up the events, assisting, and cleaning up afterwards.

Be part of the Teen Advisory Board and help plan teen library programs, select books and more.

How often can I volunteer?

Volunteer hours and scheduling availability are based on library needs.

You can volunteer once, monthly, weekly or for a few days in a week.

We ask volunteers to commit to working no more than three hours a day.

Please be on time for your volunteering shift and call if you need to cancel.  Volunteering is like a job and you are counted on.

We follow the State of Michigan work permits guidelines.

These guidelines are based on age and hours also vary between the summer and when school is in session.

Is there a dress code at the library?

Please follow the library's dress code as a professional environment.  For teen volunteers, this means clothes that are appropriate for school.

If you are volunteering around library patrons, please keep cell phones out of sight and follow the library policy regarding cell phone use.

Headphones are only allowed when working the library office area.

What happens after I turn in my application?

After your application and work permit are accepted, library staff will contact you once a volunteer opportunity becomes available.  

If there are not any opportunities at this time, your application will be on file for 6 months should any arise.

If a volunteer opportunity is available, Library staff will discuss the volunteering schedule and availability.

Thank you for taking the time to be a volunteer at the library.  If you have any questions about becoming a teen volunteer at the library, please contact Youth Services Librarian Ashely Hull at or (734)676-9777.