Be a Homework Help volunteer at the library!

HH girl in pink headressSchool may be more than a month away, but we’re recruiting now for volunteers to assist K-12 students with homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

What does it take to be a Homework Helper? Anne Vedella, the Library’s volunteer services coordinator, says successful Homework Helpers are comfortable interacting with students of all ages individually and in small groups. And since Homework Help is a drop-in program for students, volunteers work with different students throughout the year. “Each week, the students and their requests for academic support may be different,” says Vedella. “You don’t need to be a subject expert to participate, although that is helpful, especially in the areas of math, reading, writing and science.” Continue reading “Be a Homework Help volunteer at the library!”

2 teens + 1 library = 389 volunteer hours!

 Posted by Cheresse

The Southwest Branch is getting ready to say goodbye and good wishes to two AMAZING teen volunteers Christina and Andrey.  Why do we have to say goodbye? Because they’re graduating from high school this week. Woohoo!

SWTWe all know that teens are required to volunteer 60 hours to graduate high school. We get that, and we can take it for granted. Some teen volunteers are immature, some are responsible, and I’ve supervised all kinds as a teen librarian. What I haven’t seen in over 10 years of working as a Teen Librarian are the qualities and skills these teen volunteers have shown over the years: dedication, responsibility, good communication skills, organization, creativity, and I could go on and on. Together, these teens have volunteered 389.5 hours at the Southwest Branch.

Let me say that again:
THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY NINE AND A HALF hours!

That. Is. AMAZING. Continue reading “2 teens + 1 library = 389 volunteer hours!”