Teen volunteers are vital to us! Volunteers not only help our programs run smoothly, but also use their skills and talents to enhance library services in our communities.
Teen volunteers must be at least 14 years old; Teen Advisory Board and Service 805 members must be in 7-12 grades. Time sheets are kept for those teens who wish to earn community service hours to meet local school requirements. For questions or more information about positions, contact Lisa Gonzalez at 805-564-5674.
Dates for meetings can be found on our Library Events Calendar.
Are you eager to earn your community service hours, but not sure which volunteer opportunity is right for you? Join Service805 to help prepare materials for children's events and complete library-related projects. Service805 meets once a month on Saturdays at 10:00 AM, with additional meetings over the summer. No volunteer application necessary!
Ideal Service 805 participants demonstrate attention to detail, take pride in a job well done, and are in 7th grade or older.
Help plan events for other teens, suggest books for the collection, and more! You and your fellow TAB members decide what projects to work on. Contact Librarian Ahmad Merza for more information at either 805-963-3727 or AMerza@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.
Ideal Teen Advisory Board members should be excited about getting involved in their community.
Are you great with kids? Reading Assistants help kids improve their reading skills by reading with them during one-on-one reading sessions. Volunteers may read to a child, have a child read to them, or some combination of the two. Volunteers who are 16 or over are welcome to complete an 8-hour training to become a formal Orton-Gillingham reading tutor and be assigned to a specific child to schedule sessions.
Ideal volunteers are patient, exhibit strong reading skills, and engage well with children.
Would you like to help bring events like Harry Potter Day and Star Wars Night to life? Program Assistants help Library Staff execute large-scale events, including: event prep in the week leading up to the event, setup and/or cleanup, and helping library staff during the event itself.
Ideal Program Assistant candidates should enjoy event planning, working with children and/or preparing crafts and activities, and be excited to transform the library into a new space for a day!
Do you love all things robots, engineering, and tech? We’re looking for volunteers to assist kids during our Tech events! Volunteers will help with the setup, cleanup, and running of Tech activities.
Ideal Tech Assistant candidates should have patience, exhibit attention to detail, enjoy working with children in a structured learning environment, and be comfortable learning new digital applications.
Do you love designing awesome creations? Volunteer during our Brick Builders program! Attendants facilitate our open Brick Builders Lab by leading design challenges; providing encouragement to participants and guiding their building when needed; and setting/cleaning up the Lab.
Ideal Attendant candidates should enjoy working with children in an unstructured learning environment, have experience building with LEGOS®, and enjoy problem-solving.
Do you love the library? We’re looking for detail oriented volunteers to help with everyday library tasks like cleaning, craft preparation, and shelf reading.
Ideal Library Assistant candidates should have great organizational skills and enjoy working independently to complete tasks.