Monday, April 11, 2011

Teen volunteers needed for summer

Applications are now being accepted for teen volunteers to help with the summer reading program for children at all Fauquier public libraries.

Many teens find that volunteering at the library is a great way to gain work experience while fulfilling community service or service learning hours, a graduation requirement for many high schools. Others just love being at the library and helping others.

Volunteer applications are available online through May 27 and at any Fauquier library. Volunteers must attend a training session prior to the start of the reading program, which begins June 11 and continues through Aug. 6. Staff will contact applicants to schedule the volunteer training. Applicants should be prepared to sign up for specific volunteer time slots when they attend the training session.

Some of the tasks teen volunteers perform include assisting children and parents with summer reading program registration, keeping the registration table stocked, assisting children and parents with entering the number of books read on the online book log, helping with crafts, programs, and clerical tasks.

Teens will also have a summer reading program of their own at the library. This year’s theme, You are Here, will offer eight weeks of programs and special events including origami, locker crafts, book and game swaps, making no-sew blankets for foster children, a Harry Potter party, and a game-of-the-month club. Watch for more details on the summer reading program. 

Teens may call or e-mail for more information about programs or volunteering: Warrenton Library, Jennifer Schultz, (540) 422-8516; Bealeton Library, Natalie Swart, (540) 422-8532; John Marshall Library, Deborah Cosby, (540) 422-8527.

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