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.


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

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

Volunteers are welcome to work both shifts.


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.


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.

Assist applicants with Citizenship Applications!

Are you passionate about your community? Want to help someone else become passionate and achieve their dream of becoming a citizen of the United States?

Join us as we provide assistance to customers at the Jeanne Elmezzi (LIC) Adult Learning Center complete their US citizenship applications using Citizenshipworks, an online tool that specifically helps people apply for citizenship. Volunteers will help customers with creating an account and inputting personal data.

Training for the Citizenship works will be provided, with a date to be scheduled.


  • 18 and older
  • Computer literate (able to use a PC with a mouse and keyboard; browse the internet)
  • basic smartphone knowledge (checking emails/texts)
  • Great attention to detail
  • Comfortable speaking with others
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish) strongly preferred
  • Prior citizenship application experience preferred but not necessary


Training date: To be scheduled

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:00 am – 4:30 pm


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.



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, ( – 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.