Merrimack Public Library’s Summer Teen Squad Initiative
“Libraries Rock: Summer Reading Challenge 2018”
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 2018 and want to gain work experience while having fun helping out. Teens can apply to participate in one of four Squads that will focus on assisting our professional staff with special projects and Children’s events. The tasks that the Squad members will perform –everything from designing the program to execution –will be translated to job skills. Squad members 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. Additionally, Squad members will be able to earn service hours toward National Honor Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or their religious organization.
- For Teens entering grades 7-12 in the Fall of 2018
- Open to Merrimack residents only
- Teens who have participated in the program before are welcome to apply again
- All Teens must be interviewed during the week of May 21-25
- All Teens must attend one orientation session during the week of June 4-9th
- Teen squads meet once a week starting the first week in July and ending the third week in August
- Each Teen will be a member of one Squad
- Each Squad will work directly with one Staff Squad Leader to accomplish specific projects
- Each Teen will receive one Library T Shirt to wear during their meetings
- Teens have the opportunity to earn up to 15 service hours
- Teens will participate in one mid-program evaluation
- Teens 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 Squad Conference on August 17th 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
2018 Summer Teen Squad Descriptions
Storytime Squad Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 PM from July 11-August 15
(1st meeting week of July 4th TBA) Most meetings held in Veterans Park
Do you love spending time with kids? Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher or working with children? This Squad will help to implement a new Storytime in the Park program at Veterans Park. Squad members will help choose books and songs around a theme, then present their storytime to children ages 6 and under. Members of this squad should be patient, organized, and creative.
Park Platoon Fridays 2:00-4:00 PM from July 6 – August 17
(afternoon meeting time is subject to slight change) Some meetings held in Wildcat Park
The Park Platoon is an awesome collaboration between the library, the Wildcat Falls Conservation Committee, and the LoVerme Memorial Foundation. Multiple experts will teach members of this squad how to read topographical maps, use GPS, and how to geocache. The end goal for this squad is to install a new geocache in the Wildcat Falls park for the public to find! Members of this squad should be observant and excited to spend time outdoors.
Beta Battalion Mondays, 3:00-5:00 PM from July 2 – August 13
The Beta Battalion is back! This year, we will be beta testing a STEM curriculum for the library using Snap Circuits, Ozobots, and Arduinos. Arduinos are amazing to use, but require both circuitry and coding skills. Help test which circuitry projects on the Snap Circuits and which coding projects on the Ozobots are the best way to prepare for using Arduinos. Then we can put the curriculum into action here at the library for other patrons to try. Members of this squad should be playful, resourceful, and forward-thinking.
470 Society Squad Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30PM from July 3 - August 14
This year’s theme for the 470 Society is ‘Life of a Book.’ This squad is invited to take an inside look at library operations via the books we put on our shelves. We will begin by having squad members pick out books to order for the library. We will then spend a day in Technical Services learning how each book gets processed once it arrives in the library. From there, we'll discover how books are borrowed and returned, and what happens when books are worn or damaged. We’ll cover all aspects of collection development and speak with staff all over the library. Members of this squad will gain skills to curate their own hypothetical dream collection on any subject of their choice.
The MPL Summer Teen Squad Initiative is possible thanks to a generous grant from Digital Credit Union focusing on “Programming that Makes a Difference” in our community.