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Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

We value each and every teen volunteer who shares their time with our library. The Santa Clarita Public Library can’t say enough about the incredible teens who volunteer with us, and who become the heart of our special events, fun teen programming, and general operation of library services.

 

Volunteer work can range from being here during our Summer Reading Program, assisting with shelving duties, being involved in our Teen Advisory Board, and being a Digital Literacy Volunteer Instructor for our digital literacy program.

 

This summer, we were thrilled to be approached by Leo Ouyang, a high school senior who was interested in teaching computer languages. Leo wanted to spend his summer volunteering with us for Summer Reading and as a volunteer instructor. His passion about computer science was evident during his sessions, where he used free online web platforms to demonstrate the basics of Python and C++.  Participants in his class practiced writing strings of code, including how to write a program that would do simple mathematical equations in order of operation.  Class attendance skill level ranged from intermediate knowledge to those who had never heard of the computer languages before.

 

Thanks Leo!

 

 

What motivated you to become a Digital Literacy Volunteer Instructor over the summer?

 

I had always been interested in teaching and computer science. So I figured, why not do something I love with a subject I love?

 

How did you learn computer languages? In school, self-taught, online courses?

 

I self-taught C++ (my first language), took online courses for Python, HTML, and CSS, and went to school for Java.

 

Why do you think it’s important to teach coding?

 

Computers are our future. They will play an increasingly large role within our lives as time passes. Learning to work with them will be as important as working with humans.
 

What was the best thing about volunteering your time this summer with Santa Clarita Public Library?

 

It was meeting new people and bringing them together. Even though I only had a few students, they all came from drastically different backgrounds yet we all found unity in an interest in computer science.
 

Tell us something surprising about yourself!

 

I was first inspired to code by playing video games, notably, Minecraft.

Get involved!

 

Teens ages 14 and up can assist with many activities such as organizing, shelving, helping children with their Homework and with after-school programs. All teens are required to be interviewed or attend an orientation. In order to be scheduled for an interview/orientation, please click on the link “sign-up to volunteer” and complete the application process. Be sure to indicate which library you are applying too.

 

Make your voice heard! Be part of your local Teen Advisory Board.

 

Help shape teen services at the library.

Acquire leadership skills AND earn volunteer service hours.

Interact with other Santa Clarita area teens.

New members are always welcome!

Enjoy snacks.

TAB meetings are held monthly during the school year, September through May (unless otherwise noted), at your local branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library.

 

For more information on the Teen Advisory Board, click here

 

To sign up as a volunteer, click here

 

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the Santa Clarita Public Library!

All three Teen Advisory Boards participated in the Annual Gingerbread Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library. Be sure to join in the fun next year!

These books are “snow” good we think you should check them out over winter break!

Want to earn service hours, eat snacks, and make the library better for teens?

Want to earn service hours, eat snacks, and make the library better for teens?

If the answer is YES and you’re between 7th and 12th grade, the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) might just be for you!

Find out more about the perks of joining TAB at the first meeting of the school year this month. Each SCPL library has their own separate board that meets once a month. Here are the times for the first meetings at each branch:

  • Valencia: Tuesday, September 5th, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Canyon Country: Friday, September 9th, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Old Town Newhall: Thursday, September 15th, 5 – 6 p.m.

We’ll fill you in on why we’re looking for teens like you and what you can expect out of your time with TAB.

Just for starters, TAB is where you can:

  • Help shape teen services – plan programs that matter to you!
  • Gain leadership skills – great for future jobs and college apps!
  • Get your voice heard – tell us what books + movies you want to see!
  • Make new friends and preview teen activities!

Intrigued? Know someone else who might be a good fit? Spread the word and come learn more with other teens at the first meeting!

More details and link to the full application available here.

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Make Your Voice Heard!

Make Your Voice Heard!

Make your voice heard! Become a part of your local Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Each branch of the Santa Clarita Library now has its own TAB. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit an application to the branch of your choice.TeenAdvisoryBoard_facebook

  • Help shape teen services at the library.
  • Acquire leadership skills AND earn volunteer service hours.
  • Interact with other Santa Clarita area teens.
  • New members are always welcome!
  • Enjoy snacks.

TAB meetings are held monthly during the school year, September through May (unless otherwise noted), at your local branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library. Check out the TAB page of the Teen Blog for a full schedule.

To earn service hours and be considered a TAB member, teens must:

  • Complete and submit an application to your local library.
  • Attend at least 3 TAB meetings per semester AND assist in at least 1 program a semester.  At the end of each semester members who have met these requirements will earn 5 service hours for their participation.

TAB Application – created July 2015

 

Looking For Something to Read over Your Break? Try the TAB Goodreads pages for advice!

Looking For Something to Read over Your Break? Try the TAB Goodreads pages for advice!

The library’s Teen Advisory Board has a Goodreads account which can be searched by subject and genre.  One hundred titles have been added. You’re sure to find one that intrigues! Here are some we recently added.

 

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