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Ila jr.friends of the homewood library poster10-17-13 Ila jr.friends of the homewood library poster10-17-13 Presentation Transcript

  • Junior Friends of the Homewood Library The Next Generation of Volunteers Inma Leonard & Sarah Gearhart Homewood Public Library
  • How it all started… • The Jr. Friends of the Homewood Library started in 2008. • Initiated by Friends of the Library parents to provide school age children an opportunity to volunteer at the library and participate in service projects that benefit the community. • Financially supported by the Friends of the Homewood Library (FOHL).
  • Mission • The Junior Friend’s mission is to – Promote community service and volunteerism among our youngest patrons and families. – Support the Friends of the Homewood Public Library mission. – Strengthen relationships between staff & community members.
  • Community Service • A key component of the Jr. Friends mission is to promote community service. • Jr. Friends achieve this goal by completing projects or volunteering in ways that benefit the community as a whole.
  • Membership • The Jr. Friends is membership based. • Membership is $2 a year- includes a book bag, project materials, and monthly meeting dinners. • Sign in during Summer Reading Kick-Off. • Membership growth: – 2008 56 members 2009 147 members – 2010 119 members 2011 143 members – 2012 140 members 2013 135 members
  • Travelling Jr. Friends Contest • Jr. Friends have the opportunity to showcase their new Jr. Friends book bags each summer by taking pictures throughout the community or during their summer vacations. • Lucky winners receive cool prizes (Raving Waters Park passes in 2013)
  • Travelling Junior Friends 2013
  • Travelling Junior Friends 2013
  • Monthly Meetings • Jr. Friends meet monthly from Sept. to May. • Meetings take place on Fridays from 5-6:30 PM. • Jr. Friends under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/adult during the meeting. • Prior to the meetings parent volunteers and youth librarians coordinate project needs. • Meeting night we complete the project, have dinner, and play games.
  • Annual Projects – Blankets for seniors – Blood drive Thank You bags – School supplies for kids @ homeless shelters – Dog toys for animal shelters – Valentine Day’s Cards for Veterans – National Library Week decorations – Holiday presents for staff & board members – Respond Now Food Drive
  • On the road projects • This past year the Jr. Friends took their volunteer efforts on the road by – Producing a play & providing an afternoon of games at Freedom Village Senior Residence – Creating Reading Buddies for McClellan Elementary
  • Benefits to the Library • Jr. Friends have created stronger collaborations between Friends of the Library, Parents, Librarians and Community members. • Multiple community need addressed via volunteer efforts. • Unique program that provides volunteer opportunities for young children. • Increased attendance in Youth Department programs.
  • Challenges • Recruiting parent volunteers. • Finding creative and affordable projects. • Engaging children of different ages and abilities. • Staff time.
  • National Library Week- Butterfly Decorations 2011 Patrons were given butterfly magnets as they checked out materials
  • National Library Week 2011
  • A big “Thank You” to our patrons Jr. Friend Volunteers on National Library Week 2011
  • National Library Week- Flower Pens 2012 Over 100 pens were created and distributed to patrons over National Library Week.
  • National Library Week- Flower Pens 2012
  • National Library Week- Flowers 2013 A variety of flower arrangements were created using recycled books and magazines.
  • Valentine’s Day Cards for Veterans Over 250 cards are annually made and sent nationwide
  • Valentine Day’s Cards for Veterans
  • Respond Now Food Drive • In 2011 Jr. Friends conducted their first food drive to help a local food shelter. • The effort brought together the library, the school district, and the Jr. Friends. • Over 500 items collected.
  • Respond Now Food Drive 2012 • Eager Jr. Friends decorated placemats and grocery bags for Respond Now. • Jr. Friends filled ready to go grocery bags for shelter to distribute to families.
  • Blankets for Seniors Jr. Friends created lap blankets for local community seniors
  • Thank You Bags for Firemen Jr. Friends created Thank You bags for local firemen
  • Board Members & Staff Holiday Gifts • Each year Jr. Friends create holiday gifts for board members and library staff.
  • Thank You Bags 2013 • At each meeting Jr. Friends create “Thank You” bags for Friends of the Homewood Library volunteers and for any special programs at the Library.
  • Fall Decorations 2013 • In preparation for an off-site visit to a local senior residence Jr. Friends created “Treat bags” and Fall Decorations for the residents