- NOTE 4/6/2021: Covid-19 has greatly reduced our ability to offer in-person programs for children – and that, unfortunately, means we need very few teen volunteers. Volunteer registration is limited for 2022.
- TAB Auxiliary Application –As of noon Sunday, December 12, 2021 we are accepting applications for weekday afternoon volunteering until 50 volunteers have been enrolled: https://tinyurl.com/MPL-SPRVOL22 Previous volunteers were contacted and offered reactivation via their Remind groups. Teens are active only from mid-August to May. Teens may be offered limited opportunities during the summer. Shifts are offered first come, first served via Remind and SignUpGenius and are generally scheduled on selected weekdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. We do not guarantee that the available shifts will fit your schedule.
- TAB application – NOT currently meeting or accepting applications. Accepted only Aug. 1-25 each year.
- Tutor application: Homework Help K-6 – We are NOT currently accepting applications (typically accepted only in August- until midSeptember each year). We do not expect to be able to bring back this face-to-face close contact program until Covid vaccination is available for teens and children.
- 2022 Summer Volunteers: Online registration 2022: Registration begins 4/1 @ 5p.m. and closes when we reach 100 volunteers. We do not keep a waiting list but encourage those interested in volunteering to join our TAB Auxiliary group. (Teen Advisory Board Auxiliary).
Printable Teen Volunteer Releases & 2022 Planning Calendar (links will be updated.)
- Volunteer opportunities will be offered to TAB/TAB Auxiliary during the school year and to Summer Volunteers during May-Aug. All communication is by email and Remind.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
TAB Auxiliary (Teen Advisory Board Auxiliary) is open to young adults in grades 7 through 12 who live in Mason or Deerfield Township who have Mason Public Library cards. TAB Auxiliary provides opportunities to volunteer at special programs and events for children and teens, including Homework Help and Summer Reading.
- NO meetings.
- No minimum service requirements.
- TAB Auxiliary members are expected to join our Remind class in order to receive announcements and to use SignUp Genius to commit to volunteer slots. Remind is a free communication tool that connects teachers/librarians instantly with students and parents.
- Teens, not parents, are expected to manage their own communications and scheduling with Ms. Cheryl as soon as possible and definitely from 9th grade on. This is part of developing job and communication skills.
- TAB Auxiliary members are expected to be courteous to their fellow volunteers by giving at least 24-hour notice when canceling a volunteer commitment. This allows time for someone else to arrange transportation and fill the spot.
- TAB Auxiliary members must purchase a TAB shirt to wear during public events. Financial assistance is available.
- Most shifts occur on weekday afternoons 3:30-5:30 p.m. Very occasionally, shifts are available Tuesday evenings or other times.
TAB Auxiliary members help with craft and kit preparation, book processing, decorating the library, creating props for programs, and may also be asked to volunteer at children's programs.
TAB Auxiliary members ready for a bigger commitment can apply to switch from TAB Auxiliary to TAB in August if they’d like. Spots open each year as TAB members graduate or change to Auxiliary. Priority goes to volunteers who demonstrate commitment and integrity by volunteering repeatedly and reliably. Not showing up for a volunteer slot you committed to or canceling at the last minute will hurt your eligibility.
Summer Volunteers, asa well as TAB and TAB Auxiliary members are required to wear TAB shirts when volunteering in public events. You can order your shirt online for about $7 to $14 here. We wear these shirts when we lead programs or work away from the library. The design doesn’t change year to year, so this is usually a onetime purchase (unless you grow…). Financial assistance is available by contacting Ms. Cheryl at cheryl. vasan @ masonpl.org
The Mason Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a service group with a substantial role in planning and conducting library events for children and teens. This board is open to young adults grades 7 – 12 with library cards who live in Mason or Deerfield Township. Members volunteer to plan and implement special programs and events for children and teens.
TAB members have minimum service requirements and guidelines for membership and for participation throughout the year.
The Teen Advisory Board is not currently meeting. Interested teens should instead join TAB Auxiliary or our Summer Reading Volunteers. Previous TAB members are invited to contact Ms. Cheryl so she can make sure they have been added to the current Remind text/email groups.
- ALL TAB members will be expected to miss no more than 3 meeting during the school year. We meet first Mondays 6-7p.m. September – July except as noted on the meeting calendar.
- No late admittance or early dismissal; more than 15 minutes late or missed is a missed meeting. Absences due to school-sponsored events, homework, family vacations, or illness still count as absences.
- ALL TAB members are expected to contribute during meetings and to volunteer for committees and programs besides TAB meetings.
- New TAB members will be accepted each year in August. Extra applicants will join TAB Auxiliary and participate in volunteering for planning and implementing programs sponsored by TAB. TAB Auxiliary, Homework Help Tutors, and Summer Volunteers who demonstrate commitment and integrity by volunteering repeatedly and reliably receive priority consideration.
- Current TAB members may always choose to change to TAB Auxiliary and not attend TAB meetings every month.
- TAB members are expected to join our Remind class in order to receive announcements and to use SignUp Genius to commit to volunteer slots. Members also use GroupMe to communicate and do their committee work. These are free communication and scheduling tools which connect teachers, students, and parents via email, text, and/or app.
- TAB members are expected to be courteous to their fellow volunteers by giving at least 24 hours notice when cancelling a volunteer commitment. This allows time for someone else to arrange transportation and fill the spot. Not showing up for a volunteer slot you committed to or cancelling at the last minute will harm next year’s TAB eligibility.
- TAB members must purchase a TAB shirt to wear during public events. Financial assistance is available.
THIS PROGRAM IS NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE. WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO RESUME IT DURING THE 22/23 SCHOOL YEAR.
Teens currently in Grades 7 – 12 may apply to tutor children in our Homework Help program. Parent-signed paper applications are accepted at the library from August 25- September 21. Homework Help meets 5:30-6:15 on Tuesday nights October through April. Miss Debbie (debbie.hamilton @ masonpl.org) runs the program and manages our volunteer tutors. Tutors must be reliable, timely, patient, and positive. Teens generally work with the same 1-2 students all year. Teens should plan to arrive by 5:15p.m.
For that reason, we ask our tutors to make regular attendance and timeliness as high a priority as their patient support of the younger kids. That means really planning ahead in order to balance teen homework versus tutoring commitments. Absences due to studying, school-sponsored events, family travel, and illness still count as absences. We track tutor attendance, including noting no-shows versus absences where a tutor has notified Ms. Cheryl at least 24 hours before the absence. If you miss more than four times, for whatever reason, it is grounds for dismissal.
If their student(s) do not show, we can often offer alternate service projects during that session. Same-day communication with teens is often by phone as well as email. Each year we add new tutors as to those returning from last year. We also keep a waiting list of additional teens who are available as replacement tutors or last-minute subs.
Tutors are asked to commit to 6 or more weeks in a row in order to provide consistency for the children we will serve. It is preferred that you commit for the entire semester. Again, if you miss more than four times, for whatever reason, it is grounds for dismissal.
Please be aware that sometimes a child will not show for their tutoring session. We wait 5 minutes then release the tutor if they want to leave. We have no control over this situation. If you are more than 5 minutes late, your child may be assigned to another tutor whose student did not show.