applications accepted April 1 - April 30

Online Applications:

Did you participate last year?
• For teens entering 7-12 grade in the fall of 2017
• Open to Arlington Heights residents only
• All first-time participants must be interviewed
• All participants must attend one orientation
• Each volunteer will be a member of one squad
• Each squad will be working directly with two staff members to accomplish specific projects

Review the squads listed below and be prepared to select three on the application to be considered for. Applications will be available April 1 – April 30 and will be online only.  If this is your first year for Summer Volunteer Squad, use the Application link above. If you were part of Summer Volunteer Squad in past years, use the login above and update your information

Call 847-506-2621 with any questions.

Squad Descriptions

Act Up!
Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
June 21 – July 26
Orientation May 24
Have you been bitten by the acting bug? Then consider joining this group!  You will work as a team to design interactive programs involving stories, music, crafts, and more.
Biblio Buddies
Fridays, 9:30-1:30 / noon - 2 p.m.
June 16 – August 4
Orientation May 24
Join our Bookmobile and outreach staff as we visit the families of migrant workers at the Arlington Racetrack this summer. Volunteers will prepare and present bilingual programs for children. Native Spanish speakers and students who have taken Spanish language classes are encouraged to apply.
Súmate a nuestro equipo de voluntarios que irá con el Bookmobile al Arlington Racetrack este verano para visitar a las familias de trabajadores migrantes. Los voluntarios prepararán y presentarán programas bilingües para los niños. Se anima a aplicar a hispanohablantes nativos y a estudiantes que hayan tomado clases de español.
Book Buds
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
June 15 - July 27
Orientation May 24
This squad will help kids entering grades 1-3 keep up their reading skills over the summer. Squad members will choose books based on a theme and be expected to read aloud, listen to and plan activities for their young readers.
Build Squad
Fridays, 1-3 p.m.
June 16 - July 21
Orientation May 24
Are you a master builder of forts, towers, and pyramids? Were blocks, Legos, and K’NEX your favorite toys growing up?  Then this squad is for you. You’ll plan and present building programs for younger children.
Mondays, 1-3 p.m.
June 12 - July 24
Orientation May 24
Whether you’re a master coder or a complete noob, join us for a summer of programming and put your skills to the test! In <code>breakers, you’ll explore and master new technologies and toys that are programmed with code. You will then share your nerd knowledge with others by creating and leading library events to encourage others to dabble in the joys of coding.
Kids Create
Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.
June 13 - July 25
Orientation May 24
Organize and run craft programs that you design for kids. Decide on what crafts to present then assist in the creation of the finished product.
Let's Play!
Wednesdays, 10-noon
June 14 - July 26
Orientation May 24
Play is an important part of every child’s development. In this squad we are asking you to get in touch with your “inner kid” in order to plan fun play activities for the Kids’ World Imagine area as well as activities for the weekly open playgroups
Messy Monday Squad
Mondays, 10-noon
June 12 – July 24
Orientation May 24
Have you ever wished you could swim in a pool filled with rainbow spaghetti, fingerpaint with yogurt, or go fishing in a big bowl of jello?  Now you can live the messy life through babies and toddlers ages 0-23 by creating messy play experiences for them!   You’ll get to plan and present some totally untidy sensory play experiences during Ooey Gooey Babies and Tots Playtime.
Pee Wee Pollocks
Tuesdays, 10-noon
June 13 – August 1
Orientation May 24
This squad brings the exciting world of art to toddlers! Design art programs for the youngest members of our community.
Splinter Squad
Tuesdays, 10-noon
June 13 - July 25
Orientation May 24
Learn the basics of woodworking in this hands-on summer squad! Aspiring woodworkers will explore common woodworking tools and techniques. We’ll make more than sawdust this summer – use learned skills and your creativity to craft a customized phone charging dock and contribute to a group project for the community!

Sprout Squad
Wednesdays 10-noon
June 14 – mid-August
Orientation May 24
Learn about where food comes from in this summer squad! We’ll plant, maintain and harvest healthy, sustainable produce. We’ll also experiment in the kitchen and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Get your hands dirty each week and show off your green thumb in this hands-on group! No gardening experience necessary.

Mondays-Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 5:30-7:30; 7:30-9:30
Saturdays 10 a.m. - noon, noon - 2 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m., 4 - 6 p.m., 6 - 8 p.m.
Sundays noon - 2 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m., 4 - 6 p.m., 6 - 8 p.m.
June 5 - August 13
Orientation dates May 28, 11:30-12:30 p.m. OR June 2, 4-5 p.m.
Help at the Summer Reading Table in Kids’ World signing kids up and explaining how to play the Summer Reading program. Assist kids with the various activities and had out prizes. Select two to three shifts a week. Shift times depend on availability.