Featured Volunteers: Lincoln Acres Service Learners
The community of Lincoln Acres is devoted to education and family, and each day dozens of kids and teens crowd into the nearby Lincoln Acres Library to do homework, access the internet, or just hang out. The library is now offering a Service Learning program to help give local teens volunteer work experience for school credit and personal enrichment. Three of the branch's Service Learners stand out as volunteer superstars, according to Branch Manager José Ocadiz. "We couldn't do it without them," Ocadiz said. "They bring so much energy into the library and use it to help out and really make a difference in our customers' lives."
Meet Oscar (left):
Oscar started volunteering for the library in order to gain community service experience for school. His favorite part of the job? "Craft time," Oscar said, "because it's fun and creative and I help the kids with their projects." While he used to never read, he joined the Teen Book Club at the library and fell in love with The Lightning Thief series. He moved on to The Hunger Games and is one of the book club's best contributors. After high school, he wants to become a firefighter or prison guard.
Meet Gabriel (center):
Gabriel has been volunteering at the library since September 2010 and signed up as a way to give back to the community. He loves checking books in and out because he "gets to talk to the customers." He thinks the best part of the Lincoln Acres Library is how social the staff and customers are, he enjoys getting to know so many new people. After high school, Gabriel wants to go to UCSD or SDSU and eventually be a firefighter.
Meet Andres (right):
Andres has only been volunteering at the library for a few weeks but has already impressed Branch Manager José Ocadiz with his devotion to customer service. Andres loves shelving books, which is a duty many volunteers aim to avoid. When he isn't volunteering at the library, he's playing baseball and football or reading the latest sports title. After high school, Andres wants to go to college at SDSU and become a doctor.
There are lots of ways to support San Diego County Library:
- Be a literacy tutor
- Join the Friends of the Library
- Help at any Friends of the Library book stores
- Give time and talent at a branch library
Visit any San Diego County Library to find out more information.