Guides Wanted for Library Art Exhibits

September 28th – The Queens Museum and Queens Library seeks Volunteer Exhibition Interpreters for ​Queens International 2018: Volumes, an exhibition featuring the work of artists living or working in Queens. The exhibition​ opens on November 10th at the Central, Flushing and LeFrak City community libraries.

Exhibition Interpreters are trained to serve as guides to art/exhibitions located within Queens Library branches. The purpose of a guide is to help give visitors a deeper understanding and appreciation of the artwork.

Tours are conducted every 30-60 minutes and structured to actively involve visitors in the experience, giving them the tools of visual literacy. Interpreters help the visitor attain some sort of “ownership” of the art, and enable them to include art in their own lives.

Applicants should be:

  • 17 years and older
  • Possess an interest in the arts and learning about the arts
  • An attitude of tolerance and respect for all people’s points of view
  • Language skills, in this case, in Mandarin, Bengali or Spanish can be especially helpful.
  • Available Thursday evenings OR Saturday afternoons.  Able to attend required training sessions.

APPLY NOW

Central Library
Nov. 10th – Feb. 23rd

Flushing Library
Nov. 10th – Dec. 8th

Lefrak City Library
Nov. 10th – Feb. 23rd.

Join the Youth-to-Youth Leadership Council

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Studio Portrait Of Five Teenage Friends Standing In Line

CALLING ALL TEENS IN QUEENS

BE A YOUTH COUNCIL LEADER

Changing your community or making a difference doesn’t have to wait until you’ve grown up. The library hosts three Youth Leadership Councils that help to advocate for their communities – they are also a great way to earn community service hours, gain leadership experience, prepare for college and careers, and even network with city leaders! You can develop references to help you in the next stage of your life.

If you are between the ages of 14-21, consider applying to be a member of a Youth Leadership Council. The councils will meet at Cambria Heights, Central, and Flushing.

Apply online and come out to the required orientation at your nearest branch:

Cambria Heights
218-13 Linden Boulevard
Orientation Date: Wednesday, November 7 at 4pm

Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Orientation Date: Thursday, October 11 at 4pm

Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street
Orientation Date: Thursday, October 11 at 4pm

APPLY NOW

Important Changes for Homework Helpers

Queens Library works diligently to promote the social, cultural and educational growth of the hundreds of children and teens walking through our doors each day. Whether students participate in our array of after school and weekend activities or engage in self-guided study and research, the library strives to provide accurate, timely and reliable information and resources to assist in the learning process.

In keeping with the Queens Library’s mission and strategic goals, the minimum requirements for all volunteer Homework Helpers have been updated to align with the current educational standards for the library’s after-school programming.

Starting October 15, 2018, the minimum requirements for individuals applying to become volunteer Homework Helpers are as follows:

  • Individuals must be a minimum of 16 years old
  • High School and College students must submit his or her most recent report card / transcript and reflect a 3.0 grade point or 85% average
  • Adults must demonstrate prior experience of working with school-age or high school students in a teaching or tutoring capacity
  • Individuals must be willing to commit a minimum of thirty (30) service hours during the season

Additionally, all applicants are required to complete the standard volunteer registration process including:

  • Minors must submit all standard documents — working papers and parental consent forms
  • Adults must complete a criminal background check

Applicants would be initially screened by Volunteer Services with suitable candidates referred to project supervisors for interviews.

Looking towards the future, this advancement helps to maintain the high quality of programming offered within our branches and makes significant gains to strengthen the core skills possessed by volunteer Homework Helpers.

If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact the Office of Volunteer Services.

Share Your Love of Language with Others

September 11, 2018 – Queens Library wants to help bring everyone together using the power of language.  We are looking for bilingual or native Spanish, Mandarin, or French speakers to work with adults interested in learning another language.

Volunteers receive comprehensive training to conduct a 10-week group session, as part of this adult education program using an innovative online database called Transparent Language.

This is a great opportunity to share your love of learning and language with others.  You must be at least 18 years old, bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin or French; and comfortable working with adults.

Individuals with previous teaching experience are preferred; and you must be computer literate and willing to use and assist students with the online database as a tool to practice a new language.

LEARN MORE

 

Volunteer Help Center Now Online

September 11, 2018 – The Office of Volunteer Services has launched an online support community to provide detailed information on “everything volunteer-related” at Queens Library.

The Volunteer Help Center, (qbplvolunteer.zendesk.com) – offers prospective volunteers resources to help navigate the registration and screening process to participate in community service projects, special events and academic internships with the library.

Visitors have access to a growing number of articles and videos to learn about available volunteer programs and become involved in activities to earn service credit, build professional skills and support the local neighborhood.

Once registered, volunteers also receive access to a “volunteer-only” section with  materials and information to make the most of your service experience.

Check out the Volunteer Help Center.

Back to School Fair at Flushing Library

September 11, 2018 – Help students and parents usher in the new academic year at the Flushing Back to School Fair.

Volunteers needed to assist with a variety exhibits to put everyone in a learning state-of-mind.  The Fair offers information on popular programs and services offered at the branch and gives a preview of upcoming activities such as Robotics and Virtual Reality workshops.  Must be 18 years and older.


When:
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time:
Assistance is needed during the afternoon from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where:
Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

REGISTER HERE

 

 

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.”