Junior Friends of the Homewood Library
The Next Generation of Volunteers
Inma Leonard & Sarah Gearhart
Homewood Public Lib...
How it all started…
• The Jr. Friends of the Homewood Library
started in 2008.
• Initiated by Friends of the Library paren...
Mission
• The Junior Friend’s mission is to
– Promote community service and
volunteerism among our youngest patrons
and fa...
Community Service
• A key component of the Jr. Friends
mission is to promote community service.
• Jr. Friends achieve this...
Membership
• The Jr. Friends is membership based.
• Membership is $2 a year- includes a
book bag, project materials, and
m...
Travelling Jr. Friends Contest
• Jr. Friends have the opportunity to
showcase their new Jr. Friends book bags
each summer ...
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. Frie...
Annual Projects
– Blankets for seniors
– Blood drive Thank You bags
– School supplies for kids @ homeless shelters
– Dog t...
On the road projects
• This past year the Jr. Friends took their
volunteer efforts on the road by
– Producing a play & pro...
Benefits to the Library
• Jr. Friends have created stronger collaborations
between Friends of the
Library, Parents, Librar...
Challenges
• Recruiting parent volunteers.
• Finding creative and affordable
projects.
• Engaging children of different
ag...
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 b...
Respond Now Food Drive 2012
• Eager Jr. Friends
decorated placemats and
grocery bags for
Respond Now.
• Jr. Friends filled...
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 a...
Fall Decorations 2013
• In preparation for an
off-site visit to a
local senior residence
Jr. Friends created
“Treat bags” ...
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  1. 1. Junior Friends of the Homewood Library The Next Generation of Volunteers Inma Leonard & Sarah Gearhart Homewood Public Library
  2. 2. 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).
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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)
  7. 7. Travelling Junior Friends 2013
  8. 8. Travelling Junior Friends 2013
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. Challenges • Recruiting parent volunteers. • Finding creative and affordable projects. • Engaging children of different ages and abilities. • Staff time.
  14. 14. National Library Week- Butterfly Decorations 2011 Patrons were given butterfly magnets as they checked out materials
  15. 15. National Library Week 2011
  16. 16. A big “Thank You” to our patrons Jr. Friend Volunteers on National Library Week 2011
  17. 17. National Library Week- Flower Pens 2012 Over 100 pens were created and distributed to patrons over National Library Week.
  18. 18. National Library Week- Flower Pens 2012
  19. 19. National Library Week- Flowers 2013 A variety of flower arrangements were created using recycled books and magazines.
  20. 20. Valentine’s Day Cards for Veterans Over 250 cards are annually made and sent nationwide
  21. 21. Valentine Day’s Cards for Veterans
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. 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.
  24. 24. Blankets for Seniors Jr. Friends created lap blankets for local community seniors
  25. 25. Thank You Bags for Firemen Jr. Friends created Thank You bags for local firemen
  26. 26. Board Members & Staff Holiday Gifts • Each year Jr. Friends create holiday gifts for board members and library staff.
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. 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

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