Volunteering


 Volunteer programs are only open to West Babylon School District residents in grades 6-12. Please follow the registration link to sign up for current volunteer opportunities. Be sure to check out other volunteer opportunities below! For more information you can email us at teen.department@wbpl.us.

CURRENT VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Calling all Teens! We understand that we are living in unpredictable times and that social distancing has become our current status, that’s why our Teen Librarians have developed virtual volunteer opportunities  that you can do at home while practicing safe social distancing! All you need is a computer/tablet/smartphone, an email address and access to the internet/wifi to participate in these fun volunteer opportunities. Participation in any or all of these volunteer opportunities can be emailed to our Teen department: teen.department@wbpl.us.

See below for more details:

Volunteer Kits

 

volunteer kits

Email or call us to pick up one of our Volunteer Kits. These to-go bags are filled with different community service projects that can be completed at home. Send a picture of your completed project or write-up, to teen.department@wbpl.us to receive volunteer credit. WB Cardholders only.

 

Muttigrees & Community Service

PET ADOPTION

Did anyone decide to adopt recently? Share with us your Paws-some Pet Adoption Tails!” How did you rescue your furry friend? Review these FORMS, for the questionnaire, include a picture and email us your responses! Your story may help encourage others to adopt.

 

please donate

Make and bake dog biscuits using ingredients you (most likely) have at home (although each recipe has a list of ingredients and supplies in case you need to purchase). Send us a picture at teen.department@wbpl.us of your freshly baked goodies for the animal shelter! Check out the local shelter list on the last page and donate your dog biscuits! See the PDF below for instructions!

Make, Bake & Donate!

 

Volunteer Your Recipes!

Teen Virtual Cookbook

Participate in our new virtual cookbook just for teens! Do you love to cook or bake? Or perhaps you have a fast and/or easy meal or snack that you love to make? Share your recipes with other teens and earn 2 hours of community service!

Be sure to include:

  1. What is your first and last name and grade?
  2. Name of recipe
    1. If this is someone else’s recipe be sure to tell us who***
  3. Would this be considered a snack/appetizer, brunch, breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert?
  4. What are all the ingredients with measurements or how many? Please list these out.
  5. Step-by-step instructions, these should be numbered, and written in detail. Include cooking/baking times, if there is anything a teen should do first, etc. 
  6. Please copy and paste these questions and your answers to teen.department@wbpl.us

Read & Review

Book reviews

 

Read and review because Teen opinions matter! Did you know you can gain community service hours just for reading?! Simply choose a book of your choice that you’re currently reading and review the questions on our evaluation form! You can simply email us the answers. Teens should submit one email for each book that you read. Teens will receive 2 hours of community service for each completed evaluation.

 

HOOPLA Film Reviews

Hoopla

https://wbab.suffolk.lib.ny.us/free-downloads/tv-movie-downloads/

Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere. 

Teens can sign up for a FREE account with their library card and earn 2 hours of community service for writing a film review. To setup a Hoopla account using your Library card click the “Get Started Today” button here. For additional help using Hoopla, click here.

Please copy and paste the questions below with your answers to teen.department@wbpl.us

  1. What is your first and last name and grade?
  2. What is the main plot of the film? (Try not to give too much away!)
  3. What is the best/appropriate age for someone to watch this film? Or, what is it rated? 
  4. What did you like best and least about this film? Would you recommend this show/movie? Why or why not?!

Flicks & Share

movie theater itemsFlicks and Share! Watch any good shows or a great movie recently?! Other Teens want to know what you’re watching! Teens can answer the questionnaire below by emailing the teen department. Reviews will be posted on our Teen Talk and/or Tween page! Send in your review and receive 2 hours of community service. 

  1. What is the main plot of the show/movie? (Try not to give too much away!)
  2. How did you access this show/movie? (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ ?) 
  3. What is the best/appropriate age for someone to watch this show/movie? Or, what is it rated? 
  4. What did you like best and least about this show/movie? Would you recommend this show/movie? Why or why not?!

Make Your Mark!

make your mark wbpl

Are you ready to Make Your MarkTeens can watch librarian-selected YouTube documentaries and/or TED Talks that allow teens to participate in environmental and social sustainability – while also practicing safe social distancing! Teens take a pledge just by participating in this program, becoming informed through documentaries/TED Talks, active participation in our discussions via a questionnaire and posting on social media, allowing teens to make the individual decision to help, spread awareness and “make their mark” within our community and the world. Teens will receive 3 hours of community service for each documentary and 2 hours for each TED Talk they participate in.

Watch this TEDxTeen Talk “Why Students Should Have Mental Health Days” by Hailey Hardcastle and answer the questions below:

  1. Define ‘good mental health’ in your own words.
  2. Do you believe students should take their own mental health days from school?
  3. How do you feel about House Bill 2191, that students can take mental health days from school and then they are recorded to try and keep track of students and their mental health?
  4. Do you think there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health?
  5. Are there mental health resources available at your school? If so, what are they? Do you find them helpful?
  6. If you haven’t already, check out our (WBPL’s) webpage dedicated to teen health and human rights HERE. Is there anything we can add?

Teens can email their answers to these questions to our teen email (teen.department@wbpl.us). Optional: To help spread awareness Teens can create a post on one of their social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.), to spread the word about what they’ve learned. Teens can get as creative as they like. It’s up to individual teens if they want to tag us in their social media post (the library only has Facebook and Instagram). 

Additional resources:

  • Check out Hailey’s Instagram account: hailey.hardcastle
  • Check out @theyouthline via Instagram
  • Check out virtual teen ebooks about mental health via Live-brary.com. Teens must have a valid library card/account to access ebooks/audio books through Live-brary.

live-brary books

 

Stay Active Stay Healthy!

Stay Active Stay HealthyStay Active During Social Distancing! A great way to earn community service is to share your stories and give each other ideas on staying healthy, active and creative during this time. This can include exercise, crafts, art, music, photography, outside activities like gardening and anything that is healthy for mind and body. Teens can submit their answers to these questions (below) along with a picture(s), to teen.department@wbpl.us, and once approved, your ideas will be posted on our teen/tween pages. Teens will receive 2 hours of community service credit for each review:

  1. What are you doing during this period of social distancing to stay active and/or creatively busy? 
  2. How does this activity help you during this period of social distancing? 
  3. What would another teen need in order to accomplish this activity?
  4. What is your favorite part about this activity? 

 

 

BELOW IS A LIST OF ALL OF OUR IN-HOUSE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTIES

 

 

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP & JUNIOR TEEN ADVISORY GROUP

Teen Advisory Group

Our Junior T.A.G. (Tweens grades 6-8) and T.A.G. (Teens grades 9-12) members are now meeting once a month, see dates below. This program is open to tweens and teens who are interested in helping with various activities within the Library including: developing fun programs, choosing book displays for Tweens by Tweens and so much more! Register online through our WEBSITE.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Tuesday, September 21, 7-8 pm
  • Tuesday, October 19, 7-8 pm
  • Tuesday, November 23, 7-8 pm
  • Tuesday, December 21, 7-8 pm

BOOK BUDDIES ***Pending due to social distancing***

Book Buddies

 

 

Teens entering grades 6-12 can volunteer and help a younger child read. This program is held every July. Look out for registration in June!

 

 

 

CRAFT BUDDIES ***Pending due to social distancing***

Craft Buddies

 

Love crafting!? Teens can sign up and volunteer to help younger children create crafts! This program is held once in the spring and once in the fall.

 

 

 

HOLIDAY GATHERING ***Pending due to social distancing***

Holiday Gathering

 

At WBPL, winter is a special time! Volunteer at our annual community holiday event. Be one of Santa’s elves, help with raffle tickets/prizes, you can even lend a hand serving light refreshments. Whatever the task, help make this event magical!

 

 

SCIENCE BUDDIES ***Pending due to social distancing***

Science Buddies

 

A huge thank you to all of our teen volunteers this past February!

Love science? Then Science Buddies is right for you!  Teens are paired with children in grades 1-5 to help them learn and conduct fun experiments! Look out for this program in February 2020!

 

 

LOOKING FOR MORE!

community volunteers

Check out some of these Local Volunteer Opportunities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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