Upcoming Youth Volunteer Opportunities

This summer, get involved in our community! Below are library volunteering opportunities for kids and teens.

Included: Book Buddy Volunteers needed, Reading as service!, Garden Volunteering, and Project Do Something


Become a Book Buddy!

For ages 11- 20

We are currently accepting volunteer applications for our Book Buddy program. Teens and tweens ages 11-18 can apply to become reading buddies to our community’s younger, developing readers. Volunteers will be paired with an elementary aged student, whom they will assist in practicing their reading skills, as well as read aloud to.

Schedule: Virtually over Zoom, Mondays, 7/12-8/21, 2:20 – 3:00 PM

Applicants need strong reading skills and to be available for at least three of the six dates of the program. A parent or guardian’s permission is needed to complete the application. The application is open now. To apply, fill out our application. 

Questions can be directed to Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at children@pawlinglibrary.org or 845-855-3444.



Reading as Service!

For all ages

This summer, our library is aiming to buy a brand new store front play area for our children’s space. The play area will be an educational and fun space for kids ages 2-6 in our community. The only problem…we can’t buy it with money. Instead, with the help of our community, we need to log 20,000 minutes read in order to buy our play area. Help our

community earn this awesome new play space for our youngest children by keeping track of the time you spend reading graphic novels, books, magazines, or even listen to audiobooks this summer. If we earn our goal, anyone who logged their reading service will have their name featured on a plaque on the play area, acknowledging their awesome work. Additional personal prizes are also up for grabs.

We need your help to make this new play space a reality! Starting June 21, paper trackers will be available at the front desk to log your reading time on. You can also track online with our READsquared website tracker.

Questions can be directed to Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at children@pawlinglibrary.org or 845-855-3444.



Garden Volunteers

Ages 10-18

Help with our garden! Teens can create their own schedules to help out in the teen garden. Volunteers and local families will benefit from harvesting our flowers and vegetables all while keeping the library courtyard beautiful!

To participate, contact Teen Program’s Coordinator, Phil Prout at teen@pawlinglibrary.org



Project Do Something

Give back to the local and broader communities by participating in Project Do Something. Bi-weekly, PDS will have in-person meetings and will plan community service projects while participating in an activity like creating bracelets for active service members or crafting letters for hospital patients!

Schedule:  Every other Wednesday, 6/21-8/21 4:00 PM

Registration to begin 6/14. For more information, contact Phil Prout at teen@pawlinglibrary.org