Calling Tweens, Teens (and Parents) Thinking About Community Service

Are you a middle school or high school student (or the parent of one)?

Are you thinking about volunteering or community service?

Are you uncertain about where to begin and what’s needed to get started?

If you answered “yes” to any (or all) of these questions, join Queens Public Library for Getting Ready to Volunteer: A How-To Guide for Tweens, Teens and Parents Thinking About Community Service.

This one-hour session offers details and resources to answer questions related to understanding the difference between volunteering and community service; knowing where to find potential opportunities; and tips to improve your chances of obtaining a placement.

Some questions to be answered include:

  • What exactly is community service and how do I find suitable projects?
  • How do middle school students complete community service (when they aren’t old enough to work)?
  • What do teens need to get before applying for volunteer jobs and internships?
  • Why are unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities important for college admission and scholarship applications?
  • What are the most important steps for parents to help their kids secure volunteer opportunities and internships?

This session is geared towards middle and high school students with limited knowledge about available resources on community service projects and volunteer opportunities.

When: Thursday, November 7th (NEW DATE)

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Hillcrest Library, 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing 11366

Volunteers Wanted for QPL Homework Centers

Queens Public Library is launching an initiative to address the growing need for skilled individuals to assist school-age children with afterschool homework assignments and projects.

QPL is expanding support in eleven locations designated as Afterschool Homework Centers throughout Queens; and is seeking volunteers to serve as Homework Assistants.

The position is open to anyone, 16 years and older interested in working with kids in grades 1st through 8th.  Homework Assistants receive training to help children organize and tackle daily assignments in a fun and interactive setting.

Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday between 3:00pm – 5:30pm; and receive credit for completed service hours.

For more information, visit the Queens Public Library Volunteer Website.

Attend a Volunteer Info Session (November 18th)

Are you thinking about becoming a library volunteer but don’t know where to start?

Attend an upcoming Community Service Information Session and learn about the steps and requirements needed to volunteer with Queens Public Library.

Join over 1,500 individuals that donate their time and talents to assist thousands of library patrons every day. The information sessions offers an opportunity to find out how to navigate and complete the registration process and begin service immediately.

The next session is scheduled for:

Monday, November 18, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Central Library – Children’s Library Discovery Center – Multipurpose room
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432

You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.


Important Update for Summer Volunteer Applicants!

Due to high demand for summer volunteering at Queens Public Library, please expect delays in processing all volunteer applications. The application process can take up to 30 days for approval and placement, with additional delays during summer and fall recruitment. 

Some tips for faster processing:

If you are a minor, make sure you have uploaded all required documents with your volunteer application: QPL Parental Consent Form and NYS Working Papers.

Copies of the QPL Parental Consent Form and application for NYS Working Papers are available here.

Incomplete applications (missing any required documents) will be on hold until documents are submitted.

Volunteer during One-Day Events!

Join Queens Public Library out in the community this summer!

Queens Public Library will be on-hand at community events and festivals throughout the summer to meet and greet local residents and visitors; telling them about the fantastic programs and services offered by the library, free-of-charge! These one-day events are a great way to interact with the community and complete community service.

Volunteers are needed to assist:

  • Distribute flyers, brochures, and pamphlets
  • Provide free giveaways to the public
  • Help sign-up new library card holders
  • Assist with special events 

Check out the One-Day Events Calendar to sign up!

Summer Volunteer Recruitment Begins May 15th

Queens Public Library begins recruitment for Summer 2019 volunteer positions on Wednesday May, 15th.

A variety of positions will be available at library branches for July – early September.  Choose from Summer Reading Assistant, Library Aide and more; or sign up for special one-day events held Saturdays and Sundays all season.

Minors must be at least 14 years old to volunteer; obtain parental consent; and possess valid working papers. Adults must complete a safety background check prior to start.

Register for a Volunteer Information Session on May 22nd, and learn more about the steps and requirements needed to volunteer with Queens Public Library.

QPL Volunteer Spotlight: Our GEM Award Winners!

Happy National Volunteer Week! For the second year, we have awarded our Go the Extra Mile Award to our volunteers who go above and beyond in their service and embody the Library’s mission “to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities.”

Learn more about this year’s recipients here —and thank you to all our QPL volunteers!

2019 G.E.M Volunteer Award Recipients: 

 ·         Yiding Yang: Poppenhusen

 ·         Matthew Kolbusz: NAP/ESOL at Broadway 

·         Fran Kipnis: Queens Memory

 ·         Ayoola Silvera: Outreach 

·         Lingling Huang: Queensboro Hill 

2019 G.E.M. Volunteer Award Honorable Mentions: 

·         Leon Isakov: CUNY Service

 ·         Mitchell Lewis: YALP

 ·         Vincent Haywood-Howell: Seaside