Volunteer Opportunities

📌 In-Person Volunteer Opportunities

Collection Volunteer

Collection Volunteers help Library staff with shelving our collection and finding materials put on request by Library patrons. We have limited openings for this task and volunteers MUST be in Grades 10-12. Fill out this Google Form to apply to be a Collection Volunteer. Currently on pause. 

Craft and Program Volunteer

Craft and Program Volunteers help Library staff with preparing crafts and decorations or work with Library staff to set-up and clean-up for programs usually during school break weeks. We have limited opportunities for this task and volunteers MUST be in Grades 8-12. Volunteers will be contacted when there is a program opportunity available. Fill out this Google Form to apply to be a Craft and Program Volunteer.


📌 Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Record a Book Recommendation Video

We will upload videos to the Library’s YouTube page. Remember when using music, graphics, images, or other media in your videos that they need to be copyright free. Creative Commons is a good resource for images. Music in your editing software program will suggest tracks that can be used royalty free.

Book Talk - 4 Credit Hours

Record a short video where you “book talk” a book you’ve read and would recommend. Tell us the title, author, a short plot summary, and why you liked it. Keep it simple or make use of music, images, and text. The video should be between 1-3 minutes.

Book Trailer - 4 Credit Hours

Record a short “book trailer” for a book you’d like to recommend. You can be creative with your book trailer and tease what it’s about and some favorite highlights like you would see in a movie trailer. The video should be between 1-3 minutes.

Book Aesthetic Video - 2 Credit Hours

Create a Book Aesthetic Video. Edit together images and music that represents the feeling of the book you’re recommending. This video should be around 30 seconds long.

Write a Review on Beanstack

Beanstack Review - 1 Credit Hour

Write a review on Beanstack, our online book tracker website and app. If you don’t have an account from past summers, create a new one. Add books you’ve read and write a review between 100-200 words. You don’t have to like the book to write a review. Include a link to your review on the Google Submission Form.

Create a Spotify Playlist

Spotify Playlist - 1 Credit Hour

Gather 10 songs that represent a favorite book or character. Include the name of the song, the artist, the name of your playlist, and the book or character it is based on and we’ll add it to the Library’s Spotify! Do not include any songs marked “explicit” in Spotify.

Create a "Book Bento" Photo

Book Bento Photo - 1 Credit Hour

Create and take a photo of a “Book Bento” for us to post to our Instagram. A Book Bento is inspired by Japanese bento boxes that serve different foods in separate sections. Create a Book Bento by including a tableaux with the book and objects that connect with the book that other readers will recognize. Visit this Instagram for inspiration: @bookbento  Your image should be sized 1080 x 1080px for posting to Instagram.

Record a Craft Project Video

Craft Project Video - 4 Credit Hours

Record a video of you making a craft project for any age group. Take into account supplies people are likely to have at home. The video should be a maximum of 5 minutes.

Draw a Kids’ Coloring Page

Kids’ Coloring Page - 1 Credit Hour

Draw an original coloring page we can distribute in the Children’s Library. Make sure the lines are simple and that the image will be of interest to kids. Here is a coloring page sample drawn by one of our librarians. Upload or send us the file as a pdf or jpg/png image file. Drawings cannot include copyrighted characters.

Submitting Content and Earning Hours

To earn volunteer hours for any and all of these virtual options fill out and submit the Google Form for each submission. Log-in with your Google or GCSD email to upload your videos and images directly or follow the instructions to email us your content instead. You must verify that you have parent/guardian permission for us to post your content.

If you have another suggestion for how you would like to complete volunteer hours with the Guilderland Public Library, that may also be submitted on the form.


Email teenvolunteers@guilderlandlibrary.org to request your community service hours verification.