Summer Interns Make a Difference

August 30th – Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Volunteer Services Director Scott J. McLeod recently honored Queens Library summer interns with a luncheon.

The high school and college students got their taste of the “real world” working in the Children’s Library Discovery Center, the Adult Learning Center and the Job and Business Academy, and the Programs and Services, Human Resources and Information Technology departments.   President Walcott praised them for their professionalism and urged them to return next year.

“You blended in with everyone so well,” President Walcott told the interns. “That’s a true sign of performing at a high level.”

McLeod said he was very impressed with this year’s cohort of interns, calling them “fantastic,” and asked them to share what they’ve learned.

Kianaly Almonte, a senior at City College, said she wanted a job in JBA to learn how to better relate to people, something she said few in her future profession know how to do.

“Engineering students get knocked for their social skills, so I wanted to improve the way I communicate,” said Almonte.

Karon Thompson, a senior at City College, said he honed his grant writing and people skills while working with Library Outreach Director Kim McNeil Capers, who said he generated a lot of good ideas and initiatives.

“It’s been an awesome experience, so when I graduate, I’m looking forward to working with people like Kim,” he said.


Teens Turning Words into Actions

August 30th – The Youth-to-Youth Teen Leadership Council at Flushing is going strong and looking for new members.  This group of engaged, insightful teenagers aren’t just talking about how to keep their peers informed and their community active – they’re making real moves and real change.

A prime example is Money Matters 101 Youth Financial Literacy event, which offered teens the chance to learn how to be money-smart in a warm and comfortable environment where questions were always welcomed.  Members planned and hosted the event as part of the “Things You Won’t Learn in High School” focus, which saw over 80 teens learn the realities of how to finance a college education and day-to-day money management through scenarios that applied specifically to young people. With advice that could easily be put into action, this desire to spread awareness and empower young people financially is what propelled the Youth Leadership Council to act.

After the event, the Youth Leadership Council regrouped to discuss what they enjoyed about the event. “I like that it wasn’t that formal,” said one young leader. “I think there should’ve been a bigger room!” said another. “It seemed like more people wanted to come in.”

Overall, the event – and the Council – were huge successes, which was no surprise given the hard work of everyone involved.


Fall Volunteer Projects Open August 30th

August 30th – Volunteer opportunities with Queens Library for the fall season are available for registration.  Starting August 30, individuals 14 and older may apply for service projects at all branch locations.

Each year, dedicated volunteers donate their spare time, talents and enthusiasm to support library programs and services in a variety of roles.  Popular projects include Library Aide, Homework Helper, English Conversation Group Leader and Activity Assistant.

This year, youth volunteers may also earn service hours by joining the Youth Leadership Council at Flushing Library.  Members meet 3-4 times a month to discuss and address important issues affecting them and learn valuable skills to prepare for college and beyond.

Individuals must apply for a specific project–youth must possess valid working papers and parental consent; while adults must complete a background screening to apply.



August Volunteer Project Now Open

July 5 – Calling all teen sculptors, painters and illustrators…you can earn community service hours by attending a mask making class at Cambria Heights library.

As part of the Intergenerational Creative Arts program, volunteers, ages 14-21 learn the techniques of traditional mask making while paired with local seniors for this 4 week class.

Bring out your artistic side while enjoying a fantastic way to satisfy service hours, give back to the community and stay cool during the day.

Join us on for an info session / orientation on July 28th at 3pm.


Class Schedule

August 1,3

August 8,10

August 15,17

August 22, 24, 29

All sessions are held at Cambria Heights Library from 3-5pm.

Summer 2017 Projects – Online Now

May 1 – Volunteer projects for summer 2017 are now listed online .  Everyone, 14 and older is invited to join us for a fun and exciting summer of service at our community libraries across Queens.  We offer a variety of projects starting in July through early September including, Reading Assistants, Lunch Helpers, Library Aides and Office Aides.

Whether you are looking to earn service hours, strengthen your career skills or give back to the community, we have the right project for you.

Visit us online and apply today!

Under 18?  Click here to view our requirements for minors


National Volunteer Service in Jeopardy

March 27, 2017 – Our colleagues at the Points of Light have posted a commentary related to the proposed cuts to the Corporation for National and Community Service within the forthcoming national budget.

Here is an excerpt –

CNCS was created by Congress to be a public-private partnership that would decrease dependency on government and empower citizens to tackle tough issues and problem-solve together at the local level. Analyses have shown that for every $10 invested in CNCS by the federal government, another $15 is raised from private sources to fund the agency’s important programs that address community challenges. In 2015, CNCS generated $1.26 billion in outside resources from private businesses, foundations, and other sources, including investments from companies like Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Cisco, CSX and Citigroup that increase the return on taxpayer dollars. And, for every $1 the federal government invests in national service, there is a nearly $4 return on investment.

“National Service has a longstanding history of bipartisan support for being a cost-effective way to engage citizens, strengthen communities, create jobs, and bring people together,” said Neil Bush, Points of Light Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Coupled with major support and investments from the private sector, the impact of national service is far-reaching and deep in communities across America.”

Across the country, 80,000 AmeriCorps members and 270,000 Senior Corps members are currently serving local communities. In 2015, through the Points of Light network of local affiliates, more than 11,000 national service members contributed to the mobilization and support of volunteers. These national service members played an important role in the network’s impact in local communities, including more than 17 million hours of volunteer time given, more than 100,000 service projects completed, and more than $400 million in economic value.

A 2014 survey from Points of Light’s AmeriCorps Alums, called “Untapped Potential,” found the benefits of the year of service long surpass the time in service. Alums agreed that national service solidified their commitment to community and country, and that through national service, they developed skills to be better students, employees and citizens. AmeriCorps Alums is the only national network that connects the nearly 1 million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs who have served since 1994 to the people, ideas, and resources that support their commitment to a lifetime of service.

As Congress debates this budget, we have to make our voices heard. That’s where you come in.  Join us and our partners at Voices for National Service by calling your members of Congress today.

It only takes two minutes, and it makes a real difference. Voices for National Service has a sample script and talking points to guide you. If you’ve already called, please call again. If you haven’t called, now is the time.

America needs national service now more than ever. If you share our concerns about the broad impact of these cuts, we encourage you to make your voice heard.”


Youth Councils Strive for Lasting Change

December 17, 2016 – What would it take to change the world for the better?  Queens Library believes the journey towards creating the leaders of tomorrow starts with helping young people find their voice today.

Part of a citywide initiative created by NYC Service, Youth Leadership Councils (“YLCs”) provide young people, ages 14-21, with the chance to discuss current affairs and issues that affect their daily lives; and develop ways to address them using realistic ideas and actions.

Council members earn community service hours while developing skills in civic engagement, strategic planning, public speaking, marketing and event planning.  Councils have formed at Flushing Library and Teen Library at Far Rockaway.

Contact us to learn how you can become part of a library Leadership Council.