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Last summer, more than 65 tweens and teens from around Schaumburg Township joined our Volunteer Squad: a new opportunity to volunteer at the Library, assisting patrons who registered in our Summer Challenge.

“I’ve always come to the Library since I was little,” said Madeline Schulz, an eighth grader at Keller Junior High School. “So as soon as my mom told me about the Volunteer Squad, I knew I had to do it.”

Yaseen Eljah

“I thought it would be a nice way to spend the summer,” agreed Yaseen Eljah, a freshman at Conant High School. “And it was a really cool experience and fun to learn more about the Library and how things work.”

“We had a wide variety of things to do,” said Anna Tinebra, an eighth grader at Jane Addams Junior High School. “Sometimes, I was asked to find hold books for people to check out and that was really fun.”

Now, students entering grades 7-11 in the fall can once again apply to join our Volunteer Squad and make a real difference at the Library by helping us have another successful Summer Challenge.

“You get to meet and help a lot of different people,” said Anna’s brother John Tinebra, a sophomore at Schaumburg High School. 

“I’m excited for the new options and ways to help this summer, like the STEAM room,” Anna added.

“I love helping people, and it’s fun to be here at the Library,” said Madeline.

Yaseen summed it all up well: “It’s great to help kids learn during the summer and know I was helping the community, too.”

Applications will be accepted from Monday, March 18 at 9 a.m. through Sunday, March 24 at 10 p.m. Apply online; paper applications will not be accepted.