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My Summer of Volunteering: Jesse

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library. This is Jesse’s second summer volunteering for the library.  Now he tells us what he really thought about his volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians!

 

Jesse, what did you think about volunteering at the library this summer?

When I volunteered last summer, I was, for the most part, just an extra pair of hands. I was someone who catered to the odds and ends of the library whenever I happened to be around. While that was a great experience that I do not regret at all, it never really felt like I was part of the library. This year, I had the chance to a part of a larger project. Me and a small group of other volunteers organized and executed an event that we knew people of our age group would enjoy and be excited about. Alas, I was not able to see the final product first hand due to my unfortunate vacation schedule. But I still feel a strong sense of gratification knowing that I was a part of an organized event that hopefully made a small impression on the library and community. Continue reading

My summer of Volunteering: Hailey

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library. Now Hailey tells us what she really thought about her volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians!

 

Hailey, what did you think about volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library this summer?

As the end of summer is unfortunately and rapidly approaching, I reflect on what I have accomplished as a free teenager for the past months, and hopefully I come to the conclusion that I’ve done something purposeful.  I know that most kids totally and utterly detest the sheer thought of anything related to school, and I’m not denying the fact that I am one of those people, but this summer I did something out of the ordinary for me.  This fall, I’ll be a high school freshman, and as much as I am excited, I’m also just as nervous.  I already have nine years of school under my belt (don’t forget preschool), so what could be so different?  Although I don’t have older siblings, I’ve gone through life without any helpful advice from experience such as homework help and some morale support, but I have heard through the grape vine what to expect this school year.  Continue reading

My Summer of Volunteering: Dawson

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library in addition to the rest of their obligations. This was Dawson’s second summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch.  He tells us what he really thought about his volunteer experience!

 

What did you do this summer?

This summer a lot of what I did outside of programs was the same. I boxed up FOL [donations for the Friends of the Library] books, helped straighten shelves, and so on. The major differences were in the programs, with many of those being different from last year, or at least different from what I had volunteered at before. While last year, the programs seemed a bit more varied, with things like learning how to juggle, playing games, or making buttons, this summer the programs seemed to have a theme, with the majority of programs I’ve helped with being used to help teach science, though this was in a wide variety of fields.

Why did you sign up to volunteer? Continue reading

My Summer of Volunteering: Kevin

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library in addition to the rest of their obligations. Now Kevin tells us what he really thought about his volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians while juggling All City Marching Band, and a busy social life!

Kevin, what did you think about volunteering at the Southwest Branch this summer?

I must say that this summer has probably been my busiest summer of my life! Besides volunteering at the library, I also had a lot of other things going on, such as Seattle schools All City Marching Band and quinceria practices. All city practices were Tuesday-Thursday from 6:30-9:00 (if you did drum majoring you meet up at 6:00) so 3 days a week I had practice for 3 hours and parade events were mostly on the weekend.

At first I only volunteered at the library because my mom wanted me to do service hours, but then as time passed by I no longer thought of it as working for something I need. I thought of it as working for something I love! Being able to help out the community has really made a difference in my life. With All City I had been happy to play and give the community the great performance they deserved to see. Now being able to help out at the library also helps my life.   Continue reading

My Summer of Volunteering: Emily

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library.  Now Emily tells us what she really thought about her volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians!  

I think this is a great program and that it gave me new experiences and taught me a few things about people and community. Whenever we held a program, I would think at the end of it that a lot of the people I was volunteering with and a lot of the people who came to the program were people that I wouldn’t expect, just by looking at them, to be the kind of people I would socialize with. I admit to it, a lot of the people who come to the programs at the library would be people I would not choose to say hello to in a setting like school. But the programs at the library showed me that if you just talk to people and reach out to someone you normally wouldn’t, they will surprise you, and you will find that the way they look has nothing to do with who they are.

Of course, I am not a horrible person and this philosophy is not new to me, but I have never had many real life experiences with talking to different people, so this program gave me an opportunity to go outside my comfort zone and practice what I believe in, which is not judging people by the way they look. This program also benefits people in the community by, as you mentioned, bringing together mixed demographics and giving all types of people access to the library and it’s resources. Continue reading