After-school or summer jobs offer teens valuable life experience.

They boost time-management and communication skills, financial responsibility and can even spark career discovery. However, depending on after-school commitments and other priorities, sometimes volunteering is a more realistic option for teens and is just as valuable a learning experience as holding down a job.

In addition to promoting self-confidence and a sense of community, volunteering looks great on college and job applications.

Teens looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend the summer should look no further than the library, which currently needs enthusiastic and responsible volunteers.

"Volunteens" will assist at all three library locations by helping participants register for the 2017 summer reading club and handing out prizes. Volunteens also help with other library programs and projects as needed.

The assistance the library receives from volunteens in the summer is tremendous. Without their help, it would be impossible to conduct the summer reading club and perform the daily tasks necessary to keep three busy children's departments running smoothly.

All teens are welcome to volunteer at the library this summer.

To be eligible, they must be at least 12 years old or entering the seventh grade in this fall and attend one orientation session.

Sessions are scheduled throughout May and early June, with all three library locations hosting orientations this week.

Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, has two programs planned at 11:30 a.m. and another at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, as well as 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 24. Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, also has a session scheduled at 2:30 p.m. May 20. Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., will hold an orientation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23.

The remainder of Worthington Park Library's orientation sessions will be at 6:30 p.m. held May 25 and May 31 and at 2:30 p.m. June 10.

Other Old Worthington Library orientations are planned at 7 p.m. May 30 and June 13 and at 4 p.m. June 1.

Northwest Library will host one last session on at 3:30 p.m. June 1.

Those attending should bring a tentative summer schedule so they can sign up for shifts.

For more information about working as a library volunteen, call 614-807-2626.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.