We know teens need community service hours, and we’re happy to provide a few different options. Below you’ll find a list of all the current ways to contribute to the library community and earn volunteer credit through the White Plains Public Library.
First, we’re still collecting original book reviews of books in our YA collection. Teens can earn one hour for a well-written review, with a limit of four hours per person per month. On the review page, make sure to click “Submit your review” to expand the menu and read all the instructions before writing your review.
Beginning in January, we’ll also have a Saturday afternoon session of our Do Gooders community service group. Teens can come in and make greeting cards to donate to Meals on Wheels.
Teens can earn community service through meaningful participation in our monthly Common Ground discussion. Common Ground is a partnership between the White Plains League of Women Voters, the YWCA and the Library; the group meets monthly to discuss topics of community importance.
Finally, we are starting up a teen advisory board aimed at teens who want to spend time at the library and would like to give input in steering the teen department activities. Teens can earn community service for time spent planning and working as part of the board.
For the next scheduled dates for each of these options, please check our library calendar. If you would like to participate in any of these community service activities, or if you have any questions, please contact YA librarian Kathlyn Carroll at email@example.com.
We also want to share another opportunity to earn community service hours with the City of White Plains. Dawn Cousin, Community Coordinator of the Love Your Block grant program, is looking for teens to help with outreach efforts. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dawn Cousin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to join a mailing list to be notified when we need help with a task at the library (like sorting Legos, or preparing supplies), please email YA librarian Kathlyn Carroll at email@example.com.
And, for more volunteer opportunities in the community, Volunteer New York! is a great resource. They collect a variety of opportunities to support local Westchester organizations, and you can filter the opportunities by location, age of volunteer, and other factors.