Virtual Teen Volunteering at SPL!

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Teen Volunteers at the Smith Public Library are back for the 2020-2021 school year! 

We’ve put together a huge list of virtual activities to keep you busy and help you earn those volunteer hours that you’re still going to need this year. Below are rules and guidelines, descriptions of each of the activities, as well as information on how to submit your activity log. Please direct any questions you may have to the teen librarian at Kelsey.Sidwell@wylietexas.gov. You may also call the teen reference desk at 972-516-6264.

Link to submit a finished log.

               Guidelines and Rules
  • City of Wylie teen volunteers must be at least 13 years of age.

  • All content needs to be appropriate and respectful. No foul language, sexual content, hate speech, etc. The Smith Public Library reserves the right to refuse your activity submissions and deny volunteer credit if the material submitted is deemed offensive or inappropriate. 

  • Due to the high volume of submissions, not all of your work may get posted to the Instagram account. We will try to post as much as we can, and some submissions may share a post with the submissions of another teen. For example, several “shelfies” may be posted to the Instagram account collectively as one post. 

  • You may turn in as many activity logs as you like before Saturday December 19th. You may turn in several activities per log. Each log accepts 5 file uploads and has an additional space to provide links. A librarian will check your activities that were submitted and then double check your corresponding hours. 

  • After submitting each log, you will receive a copy of your recorded responses in your email. These will include how many credit hours you have earned. Please keep track of these for your own records. It is your responsibility to keep track of your hours. 

  • The library is happy to email your teachers, counselors, directors, etc. to confirm your volunteer credit hours. However, if you have a form that must be filled out and signed by a librarian, you must bring it into the library to the teen reference desk.

  • Please email our teen librarian, Kelsey, at Kelsey.Sidwell@wylietexas.gov with any other questions you may have. We are willing to discuss activity suggestions not mentioned above or more long term projects that can be done virtually for more credit hours. 

Virtual Volunteer Activities

30 Minutes of Volunteer Credit

1-2 sentence book review with 2-3 readalikes: Write a short book review and include the titles and author names of 2-3 similar books. This should be submitted as a Google Doc or a Word Document. Accepted reviews may be posted on the SPL teen Instagram account.

Take a “bookface” photo or recreate a book cover: “Bookface” photos involve strategically lining up your face or body to match the cover art of a book. See examples here: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/bookface/?hl=en You can also submit an image wherein you recreate a book cover. Accepted images may be posted on the SPL teen Instagram account. Please submit as a .jpg or a .png

Book Spine Poetry: Line up the spines of your books and create a poem! Examples can be found here: https://www.bookbub.com/blog/book-spine-poetry Accepted images may be posted on the SPL teen Instagram account. Please submit as a .jpg or a .png

“Shelfie”: Show off your bookshelf! Send us a photo of your bookcase at home and your image may be posted on the SPL teen Instagram account. Please submit as a .jpg or a .png

Mask selfies: Send us your pics of you in your mask! Get your friends and family together, mask up your dog, or take a selfie solo! Please make sure you are wearing your mask properly (over nose and mouth) in the submitted photo. Accepted images may be posted on the SPL teen Instagram account. Please submit as a .jpg or a .png

1 Hour of Volunteer Credit

Themed Spotify playlist: Create a playlist based around your favorite books! It can be about a certain novel, an entire series, a specific character, a fandom relationship, etc. Playlists must include at least 10 songs and be available to the public on Spotify. Please submit the link to the playlist in your log. Accepted playlists may be posted on the SPL teen Instagram account. 

Themed Virtual Display: Create a virtual display for us! Put together a list of books based on a certain theme. What do they all have in common? Are they all fantasy books with strong female characters? Are they all dystopian novels that include love triangles? Your virtual display should have 8-10 books and be submitted as a Google Doc or a Word Document. Please be sure to explain what they all have in common. Accepted displays may be posted on the SPL teen Instagram account. 

Original Artwork or Fanart: Show off your skills! Are you an artist? Submit your original artwork or fanart to be included in Featured Fri-Yay!, where we will be showcasing all of our teen artwork on the Smith Public Library Facebook page every month. All artistic mediums are accepted. Please submit a photo of your artwork as a .jpg image or a .png image. 

Original Writing, Poetry, or Fanfiction: Are you a writer or poet? Willing to show us how talented you are? Submit your writing to be included in Featured Fri-Yay, where we will be showcasing all of our teen writers on the Smith Public Library Facebook page every month. All writing should be submitted as a Google Doc or as a Word Document. 

Kahoot! Trivia Quiz: Create a free Kahoot! account here: https://kahoot.com/, and make a 10-15 question trivia quiz about your favorite book or series. Submit the link to your quiz in the activity log. Links to accepted quizzes may be posted on the SPL teen Instagram account. 

Book or Library-Related TikTok: Create a TikTok about your favorite book, series, character, etc. Or, make one about visiting the library! It can even just be you talking about the books you’ve read lately. Check out the hashtag #booksuggestions on TikTok for more ideas. Submit the link to your TikTok in the activity log. Accepted TikToks may be posted to the SPL teen Instagram account. 

2 Hours of Volunteer Credit

Writing to a Homebound Senior Citizen: Wylie has lots of senior citizens who are staying at home right now with less company and activity than usual. Write them a letter! You can begin with “Dear Friend,” and then introduce yourself. Talk about how your summer went, or what you’re looking forward to doing when life starts to get back to normal. Talk about your siblings or pets or friends. They may even ask to write you back! All letters should be submitted to the activity log as a Word Document or Google Doc.

Link to submit a finished log.

contact information

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