Merrimack Public Library’s Summer Teen Intern Squad Initiative
“Build a Better World: Summer Reading Challenge 2017”
This summer, the Merrimack Public Library will be offering an exciting initiative for local Teens alongside our traditional Summer Reading Challenge’s youth programming. We are looking for Teens who will be entering grades 7-12 in the fall of 2017 and want to gain work experience while having fun helping out. Teens can apply to volunteer as Teen Interns in one of four Squads that will focus on assisting our professional staff with special projects and Children’s events. The tasks that the Teen Interns will perform –everything from designing the program to execution –will be translated to job skills. Teen Interns will also receive practical coaching on the interview process, participate in a mid-program evaluation session and work with a career advisor to translate your tasks to job skills on your updated resume during a resume building workshop at the end of the program. Additionally, Teen Interns will be able to earn service hours toward National Honor Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or their religious organization.
Online Applications accepted May 8 – June 2
- For Teens entering 7-12 grade in the Fall of 2017
- Open to Merrimack residents only
- All Teen Interns must be interviewed during the week of June 5-10th
- All Teen Interns must attend one orientation session during the week of July 19-24th
- Each Teen Intern will be a member of one Squad
- Each Squad will work directly with one Staff Squad Leader to accomplish specific projects
- Each Teen Intern will receive one Library T Shirt to wear during their shift
- Teen Interns have the opportunity to earn up to 15 hours of service hours
- Teen Interns will participate in one mid-program evaluation
- Teen Interns will participate in one resume building workshop at the end of the program
- Additionally, each Squad will give a brief presentation at our End-of-Summer Volunteer Squad Conference on August 18th about what they’ve accomplished – we will be inviting family, friends, Library and Town leaders…and then enjoy pizza and celebrate!
Teen Interns will work on real-life projects that will help develop the following skills:
- Public Speaking
- Time Management
- Problem Solving
- Customer Service
- Project Management
- Teaching, coaching, & encouraging our young patrons
Review the Squads listed below – since space is limited please rank your selections in order of preference. Call 603-424-5021 and speak to Emily Sennott x110 or Yvette Couser x108 with any questions.
MPL Summer Teen Intern Squad Descriptions
Book Buddies Band Fridays, 1:30-3:30 from July 7th – August 11th
Have you ever thought about being a teacher? Do you love spending time with kids? This Squad will help kids entering grades 2-4 keep up their reading skills over the summer. Squad members will choose books around a theme, then schedule and implement partner reading time. Members of this squad should be patient, organized, and creative.
Teach Me 3D League Thursdays 3:00-5:00 from July 6th – August 17th (we will not meet Aug 10)
Do you want to learn about the science behind the Library’s Kossel Model A 3D Printer and then help us to teach the community about it too? This Squad is for you! You will be getting to know the awesome technology in the 3D printer and then you’ll help to design an informational session to teach others how to use it. Members of this squad should be detail-oriented and curious.
Beta Battalion Mondays, 1-3 p.m. from July 3rd – August 7th
Do you love to play with new toys? Are you interested in robots, circuits, and magnets? If so, you’re a good fit for the Beta Battalion Squad! This Squad will be preparing three STEAM kits for circulation to all of our patrons this fall. Squad members will be creating educational activities and learning resources that will circulate with the kits. Members of this squad should be playful, resourceful, and forward-thinking.
470 Society Squad Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 from July 5 - August 16 (We will not meet August 9)
Are you super-organized, outgoing and friendly? Are you up for Administrative Awesomeness? This Squad will help Staff at Children’s’ events and Library outreach events, and assist with hands-on “librarianship” projects including selecting and maintaining the Library’s print collection, preparing outreach materials and kits, and developing publicity through our social media.
The MPL Summer Teen Intern Squad Initiative is possible thanks to a generous grant from Digital Credit Union focusing on “Programming that Makes a Difference” in our community.