Summer teen volunteer opportunities available at Community Library
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Parents of teenagers often encourage their children to seek summer volunteer opportunities to not only keep themselves active while school is not in session, but also to enhance future college applications; and, fortunately, Big Walnut area teens don’t have to look any further than Community Library to volunteer time in a safe and productive environment.
Community Library’s Junior Friends of the Library offers a whole host of teen volunteer opportunities, but Fonda Kendrick, the library’s Head of Youth Services, said the application deadline for summer volunteer positions is Friday, May 4.
In addition to year round Junior Friends of the Library daily tasks, Kendrick said the summer months offer a whole host of Junior Friends team activities.
Members of the Flash Mob Team (applicants must have finished fifth grade or higher) help surprise Community Library patrons this summer with its very own flash mob. If selected for this team, you will meet with group members on June 14 and 28; July 5, 19 and 26; and August 2 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (all Thursdays), and a secret date of the performance will be announced at a later date.
The Viral Video Team (applicants must have finished sixth grade or higher) will help make an original video promoting the library and/or reading that will be posted on YouTube, with a team goal for the number of page views the video will hit. The team meets Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 12 noon in June and July, starting June 20 and ending July 25.
Members of the Patriot Team (applicants must have finished seventh grade or higher) assist with Community Library’s Independence Day float. Volunteers will help decorate the float and/or participate in Sunbury’s Fourth of July parade.
The Haunted Library Planning Committee (applicants must have finished eighth grade or higher) help plan for, and then star in, the library’s Haunted Library, which will be presented the evening of Saturday, October 13. If selected for this team, you will meet with group members on Thursdays in June and July from 1 to 2 p.m., beginning June 14. A few additional meetings may be required on Saturday mornings in September and October.
If you enjoy learning computer skills, the IDEA Team helps kids ages 7 to 10 learn basic computer animation skills (applicants must have finished eighth grade or higher). Help kids create their own computer worlds and animation with two user-friendly applications designed to teach basic programming skills. Must enjoy working with children, playing with computers and be willing to learn how to create your own animations. No prior programming experience is necessary. The team will meet to learn the basics of the programs on Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. on June 12, 19 and 26. Team members will then help kids with their creations from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31.
Members of the Summer Reading Club Team (applicant ages 16 and up, or two years prior experience in this position) work directly with children participating in the Summer Reading Club by logging their hours read and handing out prizes. Applicants must be organized, great with kids and have excellent communication skills. If selected, you will be assigned a weekly time to volunteer during Community Library’s Summer Reading Club, which runs from June 11 to August 4.
“We’re excited about our Junior Friends of the Library teen volunteer opportunities available this summer at Community Library,” Kendrick said. “Working on one of our teams is a great way to have fun, learn new skills and earn some volunteer hours.”
Last summer, 24 Big Walnut teens volunteered at Community Library.
Applications for Junior Friends of the Library summer volunteer team positions are available at the library’s front desk, or call Community Library at 740–965-3901, or email < email@example.com >.
Community Library is located at 44 Burrer Drive, Sunbury, and on the World Wide Web at < community.lib.oh.us >.