Everything You Need to Know About Being a Junior Page

Overview of Program

The Junior Page Volunteer Program is a job training program. Applicants accepted into the program will assist in various tasks at the Highland Park Public Library in supporting its mission.

Getting Started

The Application Process

Individuals interested in volunteering as a Junior Page will need to fill out a volunteer application and submit a parental consent form.

Next Steps

After the application has been submitted you will receive a response from the volunteer coordinator within 48 – 72 hours of applying. You will then need to:

  • Schedule a time to attend an orientation. Orientations dates and times will be emailed to participants prior to the program session.
  • Take an assessment test.
  • Provide a schedule of availability to the volunteer coordinator.

Applicants that DO NOT attend an orientation will not be accepted

Who’s Eligible?

The Junior Page Volunteer Program is open to entering 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders. There will be three three week sessions. Enrollment will be based on a first come, first serve basis for candidates that have completed an online volunteer profile, submitted a parental consent form and have scored above 80% on the assessment test.

Sessions

Session I (June 19 – July 9) 15 Spots Available
Session II (July 10 – July 30) 15 Spots Available
Session III (July 31 – August 20) 15 Spots Available

Time Commitment

Junior Pages are to work at least one 90 minute shift per week and no more than one 90 minute shift per day.

When to Apply

Interested parties can apply starting May 1st. Please apply online through the Junior Page Application link on the Highland Park Public Library website.

We do not accept “drop-in” Volunteers.

Junior Page Responsibilities

What will I be asked to do?

Junior Pages will assist in various tasks at the Highland Park Public Library to support its mission. These tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Reshelving recently returned materials.
  • Inspecting shelves for accuracy and correcting errors.
  • Inducting returned items.
  • Inspecting and cleaning Audio/Visual materials.
  • Sorting items in the circulation workroom.
  • Performing accuracy checks for on shelf items.
  • Straightening up bookshelves and various areas of the library.
  • STEM kit piece inspecting and testing
  • Game piece checking
  • Refilling scrap paper at computer catalog stations.
  • Shredding paper.
  • Assisting with processing withdrawn materials.
  • Other duties and special projects as needed.

A digital copy of the Page Pool Manual will be provided to you

What we’ll expect from you

As a Junior Page you will be representing the library. We ask that you:

  • Bring your best self to work, each and every day by being focused and present while attending to your Jr. Page responsibilities.
  • Challenge yourself to be a better Jr. Page each and every day.
  • Be responsible for yourself.
  • Ask questions if you are unsure of what is being asked of you.
  • Offer directional and general assistance to patrons when needed in a pleasant and friendly manner.
  • Be courteous and conscientious of patrons while working in the library¬.
  • Punch in and out at the beginning and end of your volunteer shift.
  • Dress in a manner appropriate for working at the library. This includes wearing closed toe shoes, a shirt with sleeves (t-shirts are appropriate). Shorts are not approved dress for library staff, please wear a long skirt, pants or jeans.
  • Never put yourself in a dangerous situation at work.

Mission

Enriching our community by circulating ideas, information, and technology.

Vision

We will be recognized by our patrons and peers as a trendsetter in expanding learning and discovery.

Values

The Highland Park Public Library firmly believes in and supports each of the following:

  • Free access and services. All residents of Highland Park have a right to free, equitable, and convenient access to Library resources in an inviting, comfortable, and safe environment.
  • Intellectual freedom. The Library supports freedom of speech and the right of residents to receive uncensored information. It provides a forum for debate and exchange of ideas in the community.
  • Fostering education for all age levels. The Library supports early reading readiness, formal and alternative education, and lifelong learning.
  • A climate of respect and trust. Mutual respect and trust are honored both internally and externally. Patrons and staff are valued, supported, and respected.
  • Privacy. The Library preserves the discreet use of its services and materials.
  • Patron centered service. The Library strives for excellent, personalized service. It creates and makes available information, materials, and programs that anticipate and respond to patron needs.
  • Diversity. The Library reflects and encourages diversity in its services, collections, and staff.
  • Strong partnerships within and beyond the community. The Library’s resources, involvement, and leadership in the community are extended through partnerships with community members and organizations
  • Privacy. The Library preserves the discreet use of its services and materials.
  • Patron centered service. The Library strives for excellent, personalized service. It creates and makes available information, materials, and programs that anticipate and respond to patron needs.
  • Diversity. The Library reflects and encourages diversity in its services, collections, and staff.
  • Strong partnerships within and beyond the community. The Library’s resources, involvement, and leadership in the community are extended through partnerships with community members and organizations

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