Live Support Hours Now Available

The Office of Volunteer Services offers live support hours to assist visitors with questions regarding community service opportunities with Queens Library.

Visit us online at volunteer.queenslibrary.org and click on “Chat” in the Green Box to speak with a staff member.  

We are available on the following days and times:

  • Wednesdays – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Thursdays – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Email Us

You can also email us anytime at volunteer@queenslibrary.org.

 

 

Community Bulletin Board Launches

You can now view other volunteer opportunities throughout Queens by visiting our Community Bulletin Board.

The Community Bulletin Board is a listing of non-library related organizations actively seeking children, teens and adults to participate in a variety of service projects throughout Queens.

Visit the Bulletin Board.

Attend a Volunteer Info Session (Feb. 27th)

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 Library.

Join with 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:

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

My Pre-teen Needs to Volunteer…Now What?

A frequently asked question by parents is, “Why can’t my 13 year-old volunteer with Queens Library?”

The short answer is that New York State law prohibits individuals under the age of 14 from engaging in employment and volunteer-related activities (community service is viewed as a form of work).

However, many middle schools are now requiring students in 6-8th grade to complete community service. So, what can parents do to address this issue?

Community Service can be broadly defined as actions that benefit the public good. In this context, the ability to volunteer your time can take multiple forms that benefit others.

Here are a few suggestions:

Volunteer with your child – Many organizations (including the library) encourage adults to volunteer with their children for one day projects. Look for weekend projects and special events and inquire if you can bring your child to a day of service.

Create community drives – Recruit other parents, neighbors and friends to create a community drive to collect items (canned food, books, blankets, toys, etc.). Donate the collected items to a local pantry, shelter or library.

Write cards to veterans and seniors – Have your child write a series of greeting cards to brighten up the day of a veteran or senior. These cards are especially helpful during the holiday season or can be combined with a community drive and included along with collected items. Contact a local senior center, VFW group or Veterans Affairs office to inquire.

Check with your afterschool program – Some afterschool programs “employ” middle school students that attend sessions as unofficial helpers. Students may be tasked with helping setup activities, working with younger children to complete tasks or assisting with basic office/administrative duties. Be sure to speak with a coordinator to see if your child can lend a hand.

Help Celebrate Lunar New Year at Flushing Library!

Come celebrate Lunar New Year and the year of the pig!

The Flushing Library is open during the Lunar New Year Parade, which means we will see many more visitors than usual. We need volunteers who can help direct foot traffic to bathrooms and program rooms, answer common questions, maintain orderly lines, and act as ushers in the Auditorium.

Requirements

  • 16 years old and up (Parental consent form required. Working papers not required)
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
  • Mandarin language skill is a plus.

Date/Time
Saturday, February 9, 2018
Shift 1: 10AM-1PM
Shift 2: 1PM-4PM

Volunteers are welcome to work both shifts.

SIGN UP NOW

Attend a Volunteer Info Session (Jan. 23rd)

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 Library.

Join with 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:

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Digital Timekeeping Pilot Begins

Starting January 1st, Queens Library begins a three-month pilot of the Volunteer Attendance Kiosk to modernize the record keeping of community service hours for library volunteers.

Volunteers in the Glen Oaks branch, Children’s Library Discovery Center and the Queens Memory Program will be able to log service hours by checking in and out using a specially configured tablet.  Hours are automatically visible within their online volunteer account.  Typically, hours are recorded manually and available within 30-45 days.

“Shifting to digital timekeeping has been our goal for the last five years”, says Scott McLeod, Director of Volunteer Services.  “This upgrade allows volunteers to have access to their completed hours in real-time and significantly reduces the paperwork and time spent by library staff to track hours.”

The Attendance Kiosk is scheduled for full deployment to all branches in mid-2019.