Announcing dreamBIG Summer Internships

Queens Public Library introduces dreamBIG Summer Internships.  Starting this July, dreamBIG gives local residents the opportunity to gain an understanding of the non-profit sector; and demonstrate the inner-workings of a large scale public institution serving 2.3 million people across 70 locations in Queens.

This is an ideal opportunity for college and graduate students; working and retired professionals to strengthen and expand your skills and interests.

Internship projects vary from year to year but focus on projects within areas such as:

  • Community Outreach and Evaluation
  • Fundraising
  • Information Technology and Instruction
  • Market Research and Data Analysis
  • Web Design

You must be at least 21 years old to apply; possess a high school diploma or equivalent; and demonstrate skills or previous work experience related to each specific project area.

dreamBIG Summer Internships runs for five (5) weeks starting July 9, 2019 through August 9, 2019.


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  

High School Students – Join us in the community this summer!

Are you a current high school student artist, activist, scientist, geek, or just care about the well-being of your NYC community? We want your voice to be a part of this project!

Join us this summer at Queensbridge Tech Lab and learn about the urban environment through hands-on field, science, art, technology, and community-led discussions. Volunteers will learn about the surrounding air, water, soil and plant life and lead activites for participants of all ages.


  • 14 – 19 years old (Minors must provide valid guardian/parental consent and NYS working papers to volunteer).
  • Current High School Student
  • Able to think independently
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Must be reliable and able to commit to a schedule

Schedule: Saturdays, June 1st – July 20th from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Training will be provided; scheduled for May 25th 1:00pm -4:00pm


Attend a Volunteer Info Session (April 24th)

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 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, April 24th, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Central Library – Children’s Library Discovery Center
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432

You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.


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 Public Library.

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

We are available on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesdays – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Thursdays – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Fridays – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Email Us

You can also email us anytime at



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.