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Join in the fun by applying for our Summer Reading Teen Volunteer program. The volunteer program, open to teens entering grades 7th-12th, is a great way to meet other teens, gain work experience, and earn service hours. If you’re interested in volunteering, you will need:

  • A Prairie Trails Public Library card
  • Teen Summer Reading Volunteer Application form

(MUST be completed and returned to the Youth Services Department by Tuesday, May 31st)

The Summer Reading Teen Volunteer program has a limit of 100 spaces. The spaces will be filled as completed applications are turned in to the library. By turning in this application you are committing to at least four weeks of volunteering over the summer. If you will be unable to commit to four weeks due to vacations or other obligations, we cannot consider your application. (Volunteer hours will be completed between Monday, June 13th and Tuesday, August 2nd.)

Anyone who volunteers needs to attend a training session to learn the basics and expectations. During this session you will also receive your volunteer schedule and t-shirt. Please mark the session on the application that works best for your schedule. Volunteers will receive a phone call confirming their spot in the program and their training session.

Volunteer Training Dates

Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm

Wednesday, June 8th at 3pm

Thursday, June 9th at 5pm

Teen volunteers will be rewarded for their hard work. Each volunteer will receive raffle tickets at the completion of each of their scheduled shifts for a chance to win weekly gift cards! The conclusion of summer reading will include a pizza party on Thursday, August 4th at 1pm. Any forms that need to be signed for hours will be done at the pizza party.

Application Form

Upcoming Events
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  • Toddler Drive-In
    When: Monday, June 27, 2016 10:00 AM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District at Amy Jarrett Room

    Children Ages Birth-35 months with a parent or caregiver -Must be registered for the Summer Reading Program and present a Ticket to Play

    Toddlers will have fun making and decorating their car from a cardboard box. Then they will sit and relax in their creations while they watch a short film. Watch out for these new drivers, BEEP BEEP!

    Ticket to Play: Purple

  • Book Buddies
    When: Monday, June 27, 2016 5:00 PM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District at Amy Jarrett Room

    Children ages 3-6 - Must be part of the Summer Reading Program

    Looking for ways to get your child excited about reading? Take part in Book Buddies! This special program pairs teen volunteers with younger “book buddies” for pure reading enjoyment. The children will have time to choose favorite picture books with their buddy, read together, and record what they’ve read on theirRead for the Win game board. Please arrive on time to get the most out of your session each week. 
  • Family Jam Tales
    When: Monday, June 27, 2016 6:30 PM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District at Amy Jarrett Room

    Children of all ages and their families...join us for a storytime designed for the whole family. A wide variety of stories, music, and more will be shared. 

    This event is not part of the Summer Reading Program. A Ticket to Play is not required, but space is limited. 
  • Dave Rudolf’s Beach Party!
    When: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:00 PM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District at Both Meeting Rooms

    Children of All Ages:Must be registered for the Summer Reading Program and present a Ticket to Play

    Join us for Dave Rudolf’s Beach Party! A totally interactive show with hula hooping, bubble machines, limboing and much more. Featuring Dave’s original music as well as some fun in the sun songs like “Hot, Hot, Hot” and “Sonora”. (Any child age 8 or under must have caregiver present)

    Ticket to Play: All Colors!

  • Ice Cream & Illustrations
    When: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:00 PM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District at Amy Jarrett Room

    Teens (7th-12th Grade) - Must be registered for the Summer Reading Program and present a PINK Ticket to Play

    Join us for this teen book discussion and some ice cream! We will be discussing the graphic novel Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson.Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either.Please stop by the Circulation Desk to checkout a copy of the book.

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