Finish Your Community Service Hours

March 29, 2018 – Students hoping to complete community service hours before the end of school year are encouraged to sign up immediately.

Several Queens Library branches including Ridgewood, Rego Park and Queensboro Hill are recruiting volunteers to serve as Homework Helpers and Activity Assistants for the remainder of the school year.

You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer; obtain parental consent; and possess valid working papers prior to start.

Don’t wait…apply today.

View a complete listing of available projects



Summer Recruitment Begins April 30th

March 28, 2018 – Queens Library begins recruitment for Summer 2018 volunteer positions starting Monday, April 30th.

A variety of positions will be available at library branches for July – early September.  Choose from Summer Reading Assistant, Summer Lunch Helper, 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.

Stay tuned for more information.

Tell Us Your Opinion on Teen Stress,Future Plans…and the MTA (SURVEY)

March 28, 2018 – Recently, the Youth Leadership Councils at Central and Flushing Library launched two surveys asking teens to weigh in on issues of stress, life skills and litter in the subways.

The surveys are the latest activity by the youth to create realistic solutions to address local problem affecting teens in Queens.   As part of the Youth Council, teens meet 2-3 times a month to participate in discussions and hands-on exercises exploring topics impacting their daily lives…all while earning community service hours.

The surveys help determine the level of importance among other local teens and gauge potential interventions that appeal to the public.

Tell Us Your Opinion

You can participate in these easy 3-5 minute survey by clicking below.  Surveys are open to all high school students.

Littering and the MTA

Dealing with Stress and Life After High School

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.