Teen Programs

Better with Books Teen Book Club

Join teen library volunteer Daniel as he leads the Better with Books Teen Book Club! You can attend this club in the library’s meeting room or by registering through Zoom. Please email Daniel at [email protected] for more information.

See Better with Books Dates and Selections

Date: Saturday, September 30th at 1pm

Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Date: Saturday, October 21st at 1pm

Book: Happy Place by Emily Henry

Date: Saturday, November 18th at 1pm

Book: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Date: Saturday, December 16th at 1pm

Book: Mad Honey by Jennifer Finney Boylan and Jodi Picoult

Teen Art Contest

Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to enter our tenth Teen Art Contest! To participate, students are asked to create an original piece of art inspired by their personal reading experiences. Winners will receive a cash prize from the Friends of the Library and a selection of entries will be displayed in the library’s meeting room. Entries are due by Friday, October 13th. For additional information and to apply, please view the Teen Art Contest entry form.

Teen Art Contest 2022 Winners Sarah Wright, Ridley Dent, and Shreya Poladia.


Students age 13 and older commit to weekly two or three hour shifts. Teens work directly with patrons and staff by shelving, organizing, assisting with duties at the circulation desk, and working on special projects. Volunteers should have a mature attitude and be responsible, dependable, and able to work independently. The volunteer program offers students a fun way to complete community service hours and the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship their senior year. If you have any questions, please visit the library or contact Teen Volunteer Coordinator Beth Yoder at [email protected] or (512) 263-2885.

There are 3 volunteer sessions each year.

Summer Session – May 28 through August 12, 2023. Applications for the summer session are now closed.

Fall Session – August 7 through December 30, 2023. Applications for the fall session are now closed.

Spring Session – January 2 through May 25, 2024. Applications for the spring session will be available November 1 through 15, 2023.


Teen Volunteer Job Description | Teen Volunteer Guidelines

Service Scholarship

Every year the Friends of the Library offers scholarships to graduating senior teen volunteers. Service scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have volunteered a minimum of 75 hours at the library and who are planning to continue their education. Scholarship applications become available the beginning of January and are due April 1st. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Beth Yoder, Teen Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected].


2023 Teen Scholarship Winners

Volunteers Spring Berryhill and Ridley Dent

Two high school seniors from the Lake Travis area will attend college in the fall with the help of scholarships from the Friends of the Lake Travis Community Library.

“This year’s winners have a bright future ahead of them,” Teen Volunteer Coordinator Beth Yoder said. “We are thrilled that the Friends of the Library are able to help Spring Berryhill and Ridley Dent further their education.”

In the fall, Berryhill will attend nursing school at the University of Arkansas, where she plans to become a labor and delivery nurse. Then she plans to get a master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner and hopes to be certified as a midwife. Berryhill plays the viola in the school orchestra and is an artist whose work has advanced to state in the VASE competition.

Dent will attend the University of Texas for Sustainability Studies with a minor in Human Rights and Social Justice. After college her goal is to use her degree to educate and advocate for environmental, social, political, and economic justice. She first realized her calling while volunteering at a food forest in Austin. Dent is also an award-winning artist whose work received first place in the library’s 2022 Teen Read Week Art Contest.

Since 2007, the Friends of the Lake Travis Community Library have awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to teen volunteers. Congratulations and best wishes to these exceptional graduates!


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