Teen Services provides dynamic programs, resources and services to youth ages 12 to 18. We are dedicated to helping teens become their best selves, while also supporting them along the way. In addition to knowledgeable staff, we also have spaces in every branch where teens can read, work on schoolwork and hang out.
Are you interested in presenting a program for teens? Submit your application here.
Our VolunTeen initiative is year-round, which means that teens ages 13 to 17* have the opportunity to earn community service hours by becoming a VolunTeen up to three times a year! Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is looking for responsible teens who enjoy working with the public, helping others, and giving back to their community. *If you are 18, you must be enrolled as a high school student. Otherwise, please apply to the adult volunteer program.
Applications are only accepted three times a year. In January for the Spring semester, in April for the Summer semester, and in August for the Fall semester. During application months, please apply on the Volunteer page. Click on Become a Volunteer and search for “VolunTeen” opportunities. Applications will be accepted throughout the month as designated or until a branch has reached capacity. While there are a limited number of opportunities, almost all locations are participating in this program. Online applications for Summer 2022 will open on Monday, April 25th and run until the end of the month.
If you do not see a position posted for your preferred location, then a position is no longer available and you will need to apply to another location. You may only apply to one location per semester. Please note that applying does not guarantee a position. After you apply, someone from the library will contact you to set up an interview if you meet qualifications. If you wish to inquire about your application, please reach out to the branch where you applied to follow up.
As of October 2021, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library began requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new employees. Safety for all employees, volunteers, and customers is extremely important. Now that volunteers are returning to the Library, we require that all volunteers be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC.
In addition, opportunities to earn community service hours are available throughout the year at several locations. These programs are listed on our calendar and can be found by searching for "community service." Projects typically last an hour or two and require registration, so please check the calendar for more details. Lastly, we invite you to explore our Virtual Volunteering opportunities available anytime for teens here.
More About Teen Services
Have you visited your local library? Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has many services just for teens. We offer:
- Study areas in our branches including access to online resources
- Books, movies, music, magazines, and more
- Free computer use and Wi-Fi access at every branch
- Friendly library staff to help guide you to the books and resources you need
- Programs and activities that focus on the following priority areas: Learning, Literacies, Creativity, Community, and Leadership & Life Skills
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