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Join in the fun by applying for our Summer Reading Teen Volunteer program. The volunteer program, open to teens entering grades 7th-12th, is a great way to meet other teens, gain work experience, and earn service hours. If you’re interested in volunteering, you will need:

  • A Prairie Trails Public Library card
  • Teen Summer Reading Volunteer Application form

(MUST be completed and returned to the Youth Services Department by Tuesday, May 31st)

The Summer Reading Teen Volunteer program has a limit of 100 spaces. The spaces will be filled as completed applications are turned in to the library. By turning in this application you are committing to at least four weeks of volunteering over the summer. If you will be unable to commit to four weeks due to vacations or other obligations, we cannot consider your application. (Volunteer hours will be completed between Monday, June 13th and Tuesday, August 2nd.)

Anyone who volunteers needs to attend a training session to learn the basics and expectations. During this session you will also receive your volunteer schedule and t-shirt. Please mark the session on the application that works best for your schedule. Volunteers will receive a phone call confirming their spot in the program and their training session.

Volunteer Training Dates

Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm

Wednesday, June 8th at 3pm

Thursday, June 9th at 5pm

Teen volunteers will be rewarded for their hard work. Each volunteer will receive raffle tickets at the completion of each of their scheduled shifts for a chance to win weekly gift cards! The conclusion of summer reading will include a pizza party on Thursday, August 4th at 1pm. Any forms that need to be signed for hours will be done at the pizza party.

Application Form

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  • Life-Sized Candy Land
    When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 11:00 AM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District at Both Meeting Rooms

    Children of All Ages and Their Families:Must be registered for the Summer Reading Program and present a Ticket to Play 

    Drop-In Between 11am and 3pm

    (Any child age 8 or under must have caregiver present)


    Have you ever wanted to climb inside the Candy Land board and travel around through the Lollipop Woods, Peppermint Forest, and Chocolate Swamp? Counting, colors, and candy make this classic family game a favorite and we’re inviting you to be a part of our life sized version! Follow the rainbow path through a magical land of sweet surprises and meet characters Princess Frostine, King Kandy, and others. Collect candy and make some amazing memories! Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm to play! Ticket to Play: All Colors!

  • CLOSED
    When: Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:00 AM
    Where: All Locations

  • Craft Table Week 3: Mini Skateboard
    When: Monday, June 27, 2016 12:00 AM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District

    Children of All Ages - Must be registered for the Summer Reading Program and present a Ticket to Play

    Mondays – Thursdays from 9am-8:30pm

    Fridays & Saturdays from 9am – 4:30pm

    This summer will feature a Craft Table in the Youth Services Department. Each week will feature a different craft for children to complete. Children will need to be part of the Summer Reading Program to participate and will check-in with the Teen Volunteers to create their masterpiece of the week!


  • Toddler Drive-In
    When: Monday, June 27, 2016 10:00 AM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District at Amy Jarrett Room

    Children Ages Birth-35 months with a parent or caregiver -Must be registered for the Summer Reading Program and present a Ticket to Play

    Toddlers will have fun making and decorating their car from a cardboard box. Then they will sit and relax in their creations while they watch a short film. Watch out for these new drivers, BEEP BEEP!

    Ticket to Play: Purple

  • Book Buddies
    When: Monday, June 27, 2016 5:00 PM
    Where: Prairie Trails Public Library District at Amy Jarrett Room

    Children ages 3-6 - Must be part of the Summer Reading Program

    Looking for ways to get your child excited about reading? Take part in Book Buddies! This special program pairs teen volunteers with younger “book buddies” for pure reading enjoyment. The children will have time to choose favorite picture books with their buddy, read together, and record what they’ve read on theirRead for the Win game board. Please arrive on time to get the most out of your session each week. 
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