Oak Park Public Library offers unique team engagement and experiences through its Teen Summer Volunteer Program

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Oak Park, IL—Providing teens with the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and make a difference in their community, the Oak Park Public Library Teen Summer Volunteer Program now is accepting online applications, through May 4. Experiences at all library locations begin Monday, June 9, and run through Saturday, July 26.  In its seventh year, this free, volunteer program is open to all Oak Park teenagers entering grades 8-12 in the 2014-2015 school year. Individual team descriptions and applications are available only at http://oppl.org/teens
Interested teens can choose from nine exciting summer volunteer team experiences. Students looking for service learning credit hours are welcome to apply. Early applications are encouraged, as program space is limited. 
1.Book Talkers will discover different genres through discussion and more, and create video book trailers to recommend their favorite books to the world.
2.Drop-in team members stop by and help keep the library functioning: organize books, create displays, and make crafts without committing to a consistent schedule. 
3.Green Thumbs will experience the joys of growing, learn about urban greening and take field trips to get to the root of things in Oak Park.
4.Mad Scientists plan experiments and science demonstrations to show kids how fun science can be – great for teens that like to work with kids, who like messy fun and think science is cool.
5.Rising Reader Mentors will help a teacher lead a small group of kids in grades 3-5 who need a little extra help with reading, science, and math. This experience includes training to work as a tutor and earn hours toward professional certification.
6.Tech Gurus will provide one-on-one tech help to library customers, developing good customer service skills, and gaining familiar with the library's digital collections. 
7.Tinker Team adventures include lessons in basic electronics and programming, and an opportunity to create fun, interactive Arduino projects.
8.Yarn Spinners will learn to crochet, or learn new techniques, then make sleeping mats, blankets, scarves and more to donate to local charities. 
9.Junior librarians help staff in the Children's Department with the summer reading program, "Fizz, Boom, Read", assist with fun book and craft programs, write book reviews, decorate the library, and learn about the many things librarians do.

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