VolunteersTeens entering grades 9-12 are invited to volunteer at the library in the Studio Volunteer Corps. We provide a variety of services for the library including pulling carts of books, making buttons for library events, preparing crafts for the Youth Department, and making the library a great place to be.

Please bring an ID, School IDs, Drivers License, or Library Card.

Volunteer at Home until December 30th

Looking to get volunteer hours while you’re staying home due to COVID-19 precautions? We got you!

Teens in grades 9 - 12 can get service hours from the following:

  • Greeting Cards for Nursing Homes - Create one of a kind handmade greeting cards for someone in a nursing home who cannot see their family at this time.
    • Make a card with a uplifting message or quote.
    • Don't know what to say? Check out these examples.
    • Do Not address the inside of the card.
    • Take a photo of the inside and out side of each card and email to studio270@gailborden.info.
    • You will earn 30 minutes of service for each card, students can submit a maximum of 10 cards.
    • You can mail cards to the following Nursing Homes, or drop them off at Studio 270 when the library is open
      • Citadel Care of Elgin
        c/o Shamell Dew, Activities Director
        180 S State St
        Elgin, IL 60123
      • Oak Crest Manor
        c/o Titus Jackson
        204 S State St
        Elgin, IL 60123
  • Book Reviews
    • Write a 2 paragraph book review with a short description of the book (no spoilers) and your opinion of why you liked or disliked the book.
    • How many stars you would give the book, 1-5 stars.
    • Include your name, grade, and school.
    • Email to studio270@gailborden.info.
    • You will earn 1 hour of service for each review, students can submit a maximum of 5 reviews.
  • Book Lists
    • Curate a list of at least 10 book in a theme, like books for Harry Potter fans, Road Trip Books, Guilty Pleasure Reads.
    • Include the Title, Author, 1 sentence on why you included this book with your Name, Grade, and School.
    • Email to studio270@gailborden.info.
    • You will earn 1 hour of service for each list, students can submit a maximum of 5 lists.
  • Social Media Posts
    • Create posts on how you still can use the library during social distancing, how you will use Studio 270 when the library reopens, or what you love about Studio 270 and the library.
    • Submit a post on a social network, tag #gailbordenlibrary & #studio270.
    • Send a link of the post, your name, grade, and school to studio270@gailborden.info.
    • You will earn 15 minutes for a photo, 30 minutes for a short video, and 1 hour for a song, students can submit a maximum of 5 posts.

Questions about volunteering at home? Email us at studio270@gailborden.info.


  1. Sign Up
  2. Register for each volunteer session you wish to attend.
  3. Arrive at Studio 270 with your high school ID or library card and a proper face covering. Volunteers more than 5 minutes late may have their spot filled from the waiting list.

Sign Up

Sign up in Studio 270, at the Information Desk, or Online. You only need to sign up once throughout your high school career. Please note that we are unable to sign off on any court mandated service at this time.


Please register for each volunteer event you wish to attend by clicking the calendar links below.


If you have any questions about volunteering or can not make the scheduled times please contact Nick Stackowiak at 847-695-7577 or nstackowiak@gailborden.info.


All scheduled opportunities are for the Main Library. If you would like to volunteer at the Rakow or South Elgin Branches please select the location on the online application and you will be contacted about possible opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Squad
Drop in and help out the library with cleaning, book displays, and other projects.

Teen Advisory Board
Make have a voice and make a difference in the Library.

The Reviewers
Do you have an opinion? Then help us write and edit book, movie, and game reviews for our website.

Cards for Humanity
Make unique greeting cards for those in our community who need it most.

Creative Crew 
Help us create wonderful and unusual works of art for Studio 270. This will be an ongoing group so regular attendance is encouraged!

Knitting for a Cause
Help us knit hats and scarves for those in need.

More Ways to Volunteer
The United Way Teen Volunteer Guide can direct you to volunteer opportunities through out Elgin.

The Gail Borden Public Library District does not accept Court Ordered Community Service volunteers at this time.