Kids and Teens

Rules

To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable library visit we ask that you follow a few simple rules.

RULES

  1. Be Safe
  1. Be Responsible
  1. Be Respectful

Anyone disobeying these rules will be warned and/or expelled from the library for a definite period of time. If a child is expelled repeatedly within a two month time frame, the length of expulsion will increase. The parents of anyone under the age of eighteen (18) will be notified of any expulsion. As necessary, the police will also be notified.

  • 1st offense—sent home for 24 hours
  • 2nd offense—expelled for one week
  • 3rd offense—expelled for two weeks

The Library Director or his/her designated alternate has the sole responsibility for determining the seriousness of the offense and the appropriate action.

Book Clubs

Girl Power Book Discussion

For girls in grades 4th-6th

Come and join us to snack and chat as we discover new books and magazines.  You will have a chance to finish a book during our session and then take a new one from our girl-created booklist.  So don’t forget to bring your library card.

Sign-up On Our Event Calendar

Computer Lab

The Youth Services Department of the Matteson Area Public Library offers 11 personal computers with unfiltered access to the Internet and Microsoft Office Suite.  They are attached to a printing station for convenience with a charge of 25 cents per black and white copy and/or color copy.  The computers are reserved for children aged 15 and younger.

In effect starting April 1
Holders of a current, valid MAPLD card, and authorized guests are entitled to use the Library’s computers. Parents and/or guardians of minor children may request that their child be prevented from using their Library card to access the Library’s Internet-connected computers, by notifying Library staff and signing a form provided by the Library that delineates this decision. Use of another person’s Library card for Internet access is not permitted and may result in loss of Internet privileges for the cardholder as well as for the unauthorized person. Children will have access to the internet when signing up for a library card. If the parent/s or guardian do not want children to have access to the internet, then they will have to sign an opt-out form and it will have to be put on the child’s record.

Users are required to show their library card at the Youth Services Desk prior to logging onto a computer. They will be given a visitor pass that is valid only for the day issued.

Computers are available to walk-in users on a first come, first serve basis. Advance reservations are not taken.  Session time for users with library cards is one hour. A user may log in for a second one hour session if computer time is available.  Maximum time for a visitor pass is limited to 1 hour of use on the day issued in half hour increments.   A user may have only one visitor pass per day.

Guidelines for Use by Minor Children
The Matteson Area Public Library District recognizes that electronic information networks such as the Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for children. The Library does not serve in loco parentis (in place of parents). Parent/guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected or accessed by their children. The Library will block a child’s Library card from being able to access the Library’s Internet computers if requested by a parent or guardian, but the Library is not responsible for children with blocked cards that utilize the library’s Internet connected computers as a guest or who access the Library’s wireless Internet. Parents are expected to monitor, supervise, and guide their children’s use of the Internet.

Volunteering

School Year Volunteering

During the school year, the library uses volunteers who are in 7th to 12th grades and who live in Matteson or attend a Matteson area school.  To apply for membership please fill out the following form: School Year Volunteer Application. You can also contact the volunteer coordinator to apply
for school year volunteering. Julia Driscoll at (708) 748-4431 x320 or at jdriscoll@mapld.org.

Summer Volunteering

Students entering 7th to 12th grades in the upcoming school year are eligible to apply to be a summer volunteer at the Matteson Public Library.  Students should live in the village of Matteson or attend a Matteson area school.  Students must have a library card of their own that is in good standing.

Summer volunteer applications will be made available on April 1st & will be due on May 1st.

Click here to print the Summer Volunteer Application. Students in 7th grade and up may volunteer at the library.  Please fill out the Volunteer Application Form, located at the youth services desk, to register as a volunteer. Volunteer opportunities are arranged in advance.  It is the
responsibility of the volunteer to stay in touch with library staff. However, the library will contact registered volunteers when help is needed for special events.

Volunteer Expectations

  • All volunteers must attend a training session before volunteering at Matteson Library.
  • A positive attitude is a must!
  • Volunteering is a commitment. You are expected to make all sessions you commit to during your
    volunteer training. If you volunteer during summer, please be ready to participate the entire summer.
    Volunteers are expected to stay until their job is finished and cleaned up.
  • If you cannot make your commitment, please contact the library.
  • Be on time and have a plan for getting home before you come.
  • Ask for help from library staff if you have any questions.
  • Let us know if there is anything we can do to make your volunteer experience more enjoyable.
  • Use your best manners.
  • Ask for help from library staff if you have any questions.
  • Let us know if there is anything we can do to make your volunteer experience more enjoyable.
  • Some volunteer opportunities may require special training, which will be offered as needed.