Archive for October 13, 2011

Teens Looking to Volunteer

This past month, I’ve had more requests from teens looking to volunteer at the library than ever before.  We try out best to accommodate teen volunteers through programs paired with the children’s room and by having monthly meetings of the Teen Advisory Board.  We also offer volunteer credit for anyone willing to write blog posts (hint, hint) or book reviews and we try to make things interesting.

Some new volunteer opportunities you may have missed:

Next week we have a program called TeenPeace which meets on Tuesdays October 18 and 25 from 4:00-5:00 PM and it’s a chance to earn community service by working on various community building projects and programs.  Once trained, teens will have an opportunity to develop their own projects, assist and/or partner with children and more.

We will have registration for the November 21 Book Buddies beginning on Monday October 17.  You can read to younger children aged 3 ½ years old to kindergarten.  Monday, November 21.  7 – 7:45 PM.

I will be attending the 5th Annual LI Volunteer Fair at Farmingdale State College on October 20 from 10:30 AM -1:30 PM.  I realize it’s during the school day, so I am going to gather up info from the various organizations to see which ones are hiring teen volunteers.  We maintain a volunteer directory on the Syosset Library website so I plan to update that with any new volunteer opportunities that I find. You don’t need to register and all are welcome. 

For more details about the fair see the flyer here:

http://www.1-800-volunteer.org/vc/7794/find_the_right_fit%20(3).jpg

Also note that the Long Island Volunteer Center has many volunteer opportunities listed on their website as well:

http://www.1-800-volunteer.org/1800Vol/long-island-volunteer-center/vcindex.do

Look for more exciting volunteer opportunities in the next library newsletter – perhaps you’d enjoy being a tech buddy teaching older adults how to use facebook and their iphones?  If so, Tech Buddies is debuting in the winter.

Also – don’t forget – it’s fall and the leaves are coming down.  Why not volunteer to rake your elderly neighbor’s yard?  Or once it starts snowing, you can shovel for a neighbor who can’t get out and do it.  It doesn’t have to be inside the library to count as community service!

Good luck!

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian