Merrimack Public Library’s Summer Teen Squads 2019
The Merrimack Public Library is excited for our third annual Teen Squad progam. We are looking for teens who will be entering grades 7-12 in the fall of 2019 and want to gain a work-like experience while having fun helping out. Teens can apply to participate in one of three 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 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 2019
- Open to Merrimack residents only
- Teens who have participated in the program before are welcome to apply again, although preference will be given to first-time applicants
- All applicants must be interviewed during the week of May 13-17
- 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 16th about what they’ve accomplished – we will be inviting family, friends, Library and Town leaders…and then enjoy pizza and celebrate!
Teen Squad participants will work on real-life projects that will help develop the following skills:
- Public Speaking
- Time Management
- Problem Solving
- Customer Service
- Project Management
2019 Summer Teen Squad Descriptions
Storytime Squad Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 PM from July 3-August 14
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.
Gamer's Guild Thursdays 2:00-4:00 PM from July 11-August 15 (1st meeting week of July 4th TBA)
This squad will get a 360 degree view on gaming at the library, from basic cataloging to patron instruction. Squad members will start by identifying the information needed to upload board and card games into the Library's catalog, will get the chance to learn the ins and outs of certain games, and will practice interacting with patrons during Library programs. This squad will put all they've learned in action at the Library's monthly "Game On" event, where they will use their learned skills to teach patrons of all ages how to play their favorites. Members of this squad should show patience, attention to detail, and have strong people skills for working with patrons.
470 Society Squad Wednesday afternoons (exact time TBA) from July 3 - August 14
This year the 470 Society will again be focusing on collection development, but with a particular focus on curation. We will be investigating such topics as what makes a cohesive collection, what resources do you need to compile quality materials, and how should your collection be organized. The aim of this year’s 470 Society squad is to create small collections of books for community organizations that may have a need (think places with waiting rooms). Members of this squad should be curious, organized, and good communicators.