Teen Volunteer Opportunities

It’s almost time to make plans for this summer. When it comes to volunteering at the library, we’re offering three different volunteer opportunities for White Plains teens.

Reading Buddies

In a favorite volunteer activity from years past, teen volunteers are paired with children who are learning to read. The teens encourage and support the children as they practice reading; teens volunteer for a two-hour time slot and read for fifteen minutes with each child.

Reading Buddies runs three days a week for five weeks, from July 10th through August 9th: Tuesdays 4:30-7:00 p.m., Wednesdays 2:30-5:00 p.m., and Thursdays 2:30-5:00 p.m. Teens must:

  • fill out an application form
  • attend a training session the week of July 2nd
  • commit to volunteering one day per week for four out of the five weeks
  • be White Plains residents in grades 9-12

Training sessions for Reading Buddies will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 5th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Reading Buddies volunteers must attend one of the sessions (they will designate their preference on the application).

Do Gooders

The Edge’s community service club will hold a weekly opportunity to earn community service. The Do Gooders have met throughout the school year, using their talent and creativity to make items for donation to local organizations. Projects include: sewing baby blankets for local hospitals, making cat toys for the SPCA, and designing cards for veterans through the American Red Cross.

Teens in grades 7-12 can earn community service hours on Tuesdays from 3-5 pm, from July 3rd through August 14th. No application necessary, but registration is required. Students should register for the Tuesdays they’re available by visiting the online teen calendar for July and August or by calling Kathlyn Carroll at 914-422-6945.

Build a Better Book

In this mini-camp, teens will design tactile picture books for children with visual impairments. They will learn about design thinking and discuss issues of accessibility. In small groups, they will use their creativity and a range of materials–from pipe cleaners to 3D printers–to create a children’s book. The books will become a small collection for use in the Trove.

Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to apply for this mini-camp; ten slots are available. Teens must be able to attend all four days of the camp: Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

Applications can be found at the Trove’s Compass Desk and in the Edge. For a printable PDF version for Reading Buddies and Build a Better Book, see below. Contact Kathlyn Carroll at 914-422-6945 or kcarroll@whiteplainslibrary.org with any additional questions.


Build a Better Book Application

Reading Buddies Application and VRwaiver

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