Thursday, April 10, 2014

Summer Teen Internships Available!

Two paid internships for young adults are available for this summer.
The interns will be assisting with the Summer Reading Program and providing a leadership role for our teen volunteers this summer.  See full job description below~

Durham Public Library Summer Intern Position
1. Between the ages of 15 and 18 and entering grades 10-12 in September 2014
2. Must be available May 24th 2:00-4:00pm for Intern Workshop 1, June 7th 1:00-3:00pm for Intern Workshop 2, June 21st 2:00-3:00pm for Volunteer Orientation 1, June 26th 3:00-4:00pm for Volunteer Orientation 2, be available to work 5-6 hours per week between June 30th and August 9th, and available August 14th 1:45-3:15 for the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.
1. Leading the teen volunteers at the Summer Reading Desk by helping with their orientation, making sure they understand their duties, and coordinating the Summer Reading Desk schedule.
2. Working at the Summer Reading Desk themselves to help register patrons, record books read, use the online tracker, give out prizes/raffle tickets, keeping statistics, and answer questions.
3. Assisting staff with library programs related to the Summer Reading Program.
4. Collaborating with their fellow intern and the Young Adult Librarian to spearhead a special project to benefit the library.
To Apply:
1. Fill out the Town of Durham job application.
2. Fill out the Durham Library Teen Internship form.
3. Write a cover letter introducing yourself and in 250-500 words explain why you are pursuing this internship and how you will demonstrate leadership for your peers.
Staple together all three pieces of paper or place in a folder and drop off at the Durham Public Library for Karyn Gardiner, Young Adult Librarian by Saturday, May 3rd at 5:00pm.
internship poster
Town of Durham Job Application
Durham Library Teen Internship Form
(If you have trouble opening these files or printing them, copies of the application forms are available at the library)
If you meet the requirements for the internship the Library will contact you for an interview.
CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded 20 libraries the 2014 Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant.
The grant is possible through the generous sponsorship from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Each grant is worth $1,000.
The grant will allow libraries to hire teen interns who will assist in the implementation of their summer reading programs. It is also a great opportunity that allows teens to gain real world work experience, as well as develop professional skills and a work ethic.
The grant recipients are as follows:
  • Amanda Barnhart, Trails West Branch Library; Kansas City, Mo.
  • Amanda Jackson, Gadsden (Ala.) Public Library
  • Angela Bates, Thornton Library; Oxford, N.C.
  • Becky Arenivar, Prescott (Wis.) Public Library
  • Cole Zrostlik, Saint Croix Falls (Wis.) Public Library
  • Jennifer Warren, Longview (Texas) Public Library
  • Jennifer McQuown, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach; West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Karyn Gardiner,  Durham (Conn.) Public Library
  • Lisa Wegner, Trimble County Public Library; Bedford, Ky.
  • Lori Easterwood, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library
  • Marianne Follis, Irving (Texas) Public Library
  • Melissa Aragon, Petit Branch of Onondaga County Public Library; Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Melissa Naseman, Shelby County Libraries; Sidney, Ohio.
  • Patricia VanArsdale, Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library; Zionsville, Ind.
  • Rosalee Pituch, Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library; Brookville, Pa.
  • Samantha Helmick, Burlington (Iowa) Public Library
  • Samantha Marker, Mount Laurel (N.J.) Library
  • Sarah Potwin, LaGrange Association Library; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Silence Bourn, Seminole County Public Library Northwest Branch; Lake Mary, Fla.
  • Summer Kosuge, Northbrook (Ill.) Public Library
To learn more about the grant and summer reading, please visit the Summer Reading & Learning website, an online space where educators, library workers and out-of-school-time providers can find and share helpful summer reading and learning resources.
For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit
For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,

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