For teens entering 712 grade in the fall of 2018

  • 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, click the New Volunteers link. If you were part of Summer Volunteer Squad in past years, you do not need to reapply. Click the Update link.

Call 847-506-2621 with any questions.

New to Summer Squad?


Returning Summer Volunteer Squad Members

Visit the Volunteer page and review and update all the fields in the "My Profile" section to indicate your preference for the squad you want to be on this summer. Be sure you "SAVE" your changes.


Act Up!
Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.
June 20 – Aug 1
Orientation May 22

Consider joining this group to present storytimes through reading aloud, crafts, and other activities for ages three to six.  You will design each program deciding what books to use as well as puppets and music.
Book Buds
Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
June 14 - July 26
Orientation May 22

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.
Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.
June 12 - July 24
Orientation May 22

Whether you’re a master coder or a complete noob, join us for a summer of programming and put your skills to the test! This summer, <code>breakers will explore new coding languages and technologies to program video games. 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 and gaming.
Culinary Crusaders
Thursdays, 2-4 p.m.
June 21-July 26
Orientation May 22

Are you a foodie and a history buff? Ever wonder where SPAM came from, or why your grandparents were crazy for Jell-O salad? Become the co-creator of a cookbook and find out the answer to these questions by joining our summer squad! This summer we will be collecting recipes for a heritage cookbook and exploring local history through food.
Exhibit Guides
Various 2-hour shifts
June 14 – August 6
Orientation May 22

Exhibit Guides engage customers of all ages and backgrounds in “Bravo! Chris Raschka” exhibit at the library. With training, they will plan and present activities inspired by the children’s book illustrator and author Chris Raschka. Squad members will answer questions from visitors and make the exhibit a welcoming, learning experience.
Kids Create
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
June 12 - July 17
Orientation May 22

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.
Kids on Track
Fridays 9:30-1:30 Backstretch and 1-3 HUB
June 15 – August 3
Orientation May 22

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.

Nuestro personal de trabajo comunitario y de la biblioteca ambulante busca voluntarios para que participen este verano en las visitas a las familias de los trabajadores migrantes de Arlington Racetrack. Los voluntarios se encargarán de preparar y presentar programas bilingües para niños. Invitamos a hispanohablantes y estudiantes que hayan tomado clases de español a que presenten sus solicitudes.
Pee Wee Artists 
Tuesdays 10 - noon
June ¬12 – July 24
Orientation May 22
This squad brings the exciting world of art to toddlers! Design art programs for the youngest members of our community.
Pop-Up Players
Wednesdays, 1-3
June 13 - July 25
Orientation May 22

Do you love acting, writing, and improvising? Do you spend hours on YouTube watching Les Mis flash mobs? Do you want to improve your public speaking skills while having fun? The Pop-Up Players will be creating and presenting interactive theater and storytelling events out in the community, to delight and inspire people of all ages.
Sprout Squad
Wednesdays, 10-noon
June 13 - August 8
Orientation May 22

Learn about where food comes from in this summer squad! We will plant, maintain and harvest healthy, sustainable produce. We will 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.
Multiple two-hour shifts
June 4 - August 12
Orientation June 1, 2 or 3

Help at the summer reading table in Kids' World. Register children for the program and explain how to play. Hand out prizes and supervise the Punch In! game.