Teen Council

Teen Council

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The Teen Council is one of the DC Public Library's paid leadership opportunities for teens. Teen Council members are expected to be leaders in the library, in their communities, and among their peers. 

Eligibility Requirements

The DC Public Library Teen Council is made up of eight teens representing the eight wards of the District. Council members must be:

  • A D.C. resident
  • 14 to 19 years old
  • Able to work 12 hours per week November 2019 through August 2020


Teen Council members have a variety of tasks. The basic job responsibilities are:

  • Advise the library on teen services and initiatives
  • Work on projects relating to teen events across the District
  • Write website and/or social media posts
  • Deliver great customer service by welcoming people to and answering questions about the library
  • Providing tech support on public computers and kiosks
  • Create and lead programs for the public
  • Get patrons excited about our collections and encourage reading
  • Assist staff with community outreach and promoting the library to your peers


Teen Council members get paid $13.50 per hour. In addition to that wage, Council Members also:

  • Gain customer service skills that members can use to apply to any other job
  • Learn how to communicate better with all kinds of people - including adults and peers
  • Get professional development training on things like how to run a successful program
  • Meet other incredible teens from around the city

Application Process

The application process for Teen Council is currently closed.