Teen library volunteers help create summer fun — Neuse News

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Monique Summer

An essential part of the Neuse Regional Libraries’ success with youth programming is due to the enthusiasm and energy of our teenage volunteers. Our dedicated teen volunteers are especially active in their local libraries during the summer. Teen volunteers enjoy engaging with the community and participating in our children’s summer reading program while participating in their own teen summer reading program.

As teen volunteers work together, helping set up activities and crafts, and leading activity stations during programs, they practice and learn new skills like teamwork. Our teenage volunteers further honed their teamwork skills in their own summer reading program when they were challenged to solve a series of puzzles and riddles during Island Escape Room sessions. While these teens work hard to help us deliver our Youth Services Summer Reading Program, they also have plenty of opportunities for fun and new adventures as they work together to try new things. things at teen summer reading sessions like STEM cooking experiments and games. to capture the flag.

It’s not too late for teens to volunteer at their library this summer or for the new school year. Upcoming opportunities for teen volunteers include helping with after-school STEM programs and the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library book sale in August.

Teen volunteers also play a vital role in our Teen Advisory Council meetings. Sessions are open to all teens and are relaxed yet active and fun with refreshments and games. At the end of each session, teens give the library feedback on how the library can be even more teen-friendly. At our June meeting, participants led a feedback session on the types of library programs they would be most likely to participate in. They shared how much they enjoyed previous programs that included hands-on cooking activities. In response, a new program will be launched in August. Teen cook! is a program where teens can learn practical cooking skills while having fun. Teen Advisory Council meetings are held monthly at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library in the Teen Zone on the second Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

Neuse Regional Libraries offers exciting volunteer opportunities for teens in Greene, Lenoir and Jones counties at the following locations: Greene County Public Library, Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library, La Grange Public Library, Maysville, Pink Hill Public Library, Pollocksville Public Library. Library and Trenton Public Library. Interested students can complete a file available online at https://www.neuselibrary.org/teen-volunteer-application; printed applications are also available at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library Youth Services Public Services Office or the Public Services Office of your local participating library.

For more information on the Teen Volunteer Program, please contact the library at 252-527-7066, Ext. 133.

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