April 22nd-28th is Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Commerce Library has been especially blessed with incredible volunteers of all ages. This post is dedicated to our teen volunteers.
A special favorite of SRP kids for over three years running is the Puppetry Workshop, led and organized by Lillie and Roxie. These wonderful young ladies took classes from the center for Puppetry Arts and have conducted numerous workshops at their church and other organizations, as well. The kids adore Miss Roxie and Miss Lillie. Last year there were over 40 kids in attendance at the program! We are so excited they will be returning this year on Monday, June 3rd at 10:30AM. Our SRP wouldn’t be the same without Lillie and Roxie and we would also like to thank their numerous teen friends who have volunteered during this program, including Madison and Alexis.
Our new Game On! program has been a success, in great part, because of two wonderful volunteers. Gena and Jordan are friendly and patient teens that have helped the kids one-on-one with game instructions and fill in as extra players. They have a wonderful rapport with the kids and make for a very entertaining game of Apples to Apples!
We also have young adult volunteers whom your kids may not have met but are none the less important to your child’s enjoyment of the Library. Cathleen, Allison, Candace and Marquesta have done an incredible job keeping the Children’s Area clean and organized, and books re-shelved. They also give us program and collection suggestions. Their help will be priceless through the busy summer months!
The Library has an incredible Teen Board that has led to a wonderful surge of popular programs for Young Adults. This group meets every other month to plan out events and programs for the coming year and the YA Summer Camp. They also volunteer at the events, some of which, including Project Para-cord, have numbered 25-40+ participants! Programs such as these would not be possible without their hard work. The popularity of these programs is a direct result of their enthusiasm in promoting them to other teens at school and in the community. Thank you, Alisha, Gena, Roxie, Lillie, Jordan, Cathleen and Caelon!
Each year we utilize the help of several Beta Club volunteers seeking service hours. Many of these wonderful students continue volunteering for us long after their service requirements are met.
The value of our young volunteers extends beyond the small and large tasks they perform. In honing their leadership skills, they are building the new Commerce Community! Every time a teen volunteer interacts with a child an indelible impression is left. Youngsters learn that teens are important, compassionate, and responsible; countering many negative media stereotypes. As a parent and leader of children’s programs, I cannot thank our volunteers enough! We need role models like these!
So the next time you see a teen with a green badge in the library, please let them know how much they mean to you!