The Pickerington Public Library is looking for more than 30 teens who want to give back to their community this summer by helping out with the Summer Reading Program.

If you're 12 to 18 years old, enjoy hanging out at the library or looking for community service opportunities, the library wants you.

Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. April 29 to become a Pickerington Public Library Volunteen.

Library Community Relations Coordinator Colleen Bauman said Volunteen opportunities exist at both the main and Sycamore Plaza branches.

Those selected will register participants to programs, distribute prizes and assist library staff with projects and programs.

They also can pick up service hours that might be needed for school clubs or other organizations.

"The Summer Volunteen program as a whole can handle quite a few, 35 or so," Bauman said.

"There will be opportunities at both locations when the library is open.

"So daily, roughly 11 hours at Pickerington Main and seven hours at Sycamore Plaza," she said.

"Depending on the Volunteens availability to fill the needed slots, there will be at least 4 to 12 hours per Volunteen per week."

While touting the fun of the Volunteen program, Bauman noted the position does come with responsibility.

Applications submitted after 5 p.m., April 29 will not be accepted. Applications can be found at pickeringtonlibrary.org/volunteers/.

Application submission also doesn't guarantee a position, Bauman said.

"It will be based on availability, skillset, familiarity with the library and other criteria," she said.

"It is important that they have an understanding of our library, its mission and how they fit within the expectations of our Volunteen program.

"Teens will need to be flexible with location -- there will be opportunities at both Pickerington Main and Sycamore Plaza -- as well as helping with some outreach in the community.

"We would like to see teens that are friendly, mature, responsible, on time, take direction and instructions well, capable and comfortable working with a variety of different people and not afraid to talk to people they don't know."

New and returning Volunteens will be complete a training session before May 29.

In addition to tracking and verifying Volunteen hours for service organizations, those who volunteer 10 or more hours between May 29 and Aug. 4 will be recognized at the library's Volunteer Recognition and Awards event in August.

Bauman said most past Volunteens have lived in the community, but Pickerington or Violet Township residency is not required.

"They do not have to be a Pickerington Public Library cardholder to apply, but they will all be one when they are finished with training," Bauman said.

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