By Lenny C. Lepola firstname.lastname@example.org
April 16, 2014
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 9.
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.
“These teen volunteer activities have really been popular with middle and high school students,” Kendrick said. “We normally average 20 or 25 participants per year. I’m always impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm our teen volunteers bring to these programs. Many of them have started in middle school and continue through high school. I’ve even had a couple that have gone on to college come back over the summer as group advisors.”
Kendrick said Community Library has six teams that teens can choose from for 2014 summer month volunteer opportunities.
* Summer Reading Club Team — Volunteers will work directly with children participating in the library’s Summer Reading Club by logging participant’s hours read and handing out prizes.
* Haunted Library Planning Team — Kendrick said this is a perennial favorite among the library’s volunteers. Participants help plan for - and then star in - Haunted Library, which will be presented in early October.
* Patriot Team — Volunteers recruited to this team help library staff prepare for and/or march in the Village of Sunbury Fourth of July Parade.
* Wordsmith Team — Volunteers will be able to write, share, offer suggestions to teammates and submit their entries to several teen-oriented writing websites for a chance to win prizes and/or get their stories published. The library will also produce a paper copy of the writings to share with library patrons.
* Vlog It! Team — This group will write and act in short video clips that promote some of the team members’ favorite Young Adult books.
* DoSomething(.org) Team — This year’s Teen Summer Reading theme is “Spark a Reaction.” What better way to do that than to plan a project and put it into action? DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the country for teens and social change. The teen volunteers will use the website as a springboard to identify a need, and then as a group decide what project to tackle.
“Team age minimums vary,” Kendrick said. “Anyone interested in a Summer Teen Volunteer opportunity pick up a Jr. Friends Volunteer Application at Community Library’s front desk.”
Don’t forget, Jr. Friends Volunteer Applications are due May 9.
An additional note: Now in its second year, Community Library will soon be announcing the winner of the Community Library Foundation’s Junior Friends Community Service Award. The service award is a $500 scholarship given to a selected graduating senior who has participated in the Junior Friends group.
For additional information contact Fonda Kendrick, Head of Youth Services, Community Library, 44 Burrer Drive, Sunbury. Phone 740.965.3901.
Community Library is located on the World Wide Web at < community.lib.oh.us >.