Virtual Volunteer Opportunities for Summer 2021
We are not accepting in-person teen volunteers at this time.
We will upload videos to the Library’s YouTube page. Remember when using music, graphics, images, or other media in your videos that they need to be copyright free. Creative Commons is a good resource for images. Music in your editing software program will suggest tracks that can be used royalty free.
Record a short video where you “book talk” a book you’ve read and would recommend. Tell us the title, author, a short plot summary, and why you liked it. Keep it simple or make use of music, images, and text. The video should be between 1-3 minutes.
Record a short “book trailer” for a book you’d like to recommend. You can be creative with your book trailer and tease what it’s about and some favorite highlights like you would see in a movie trailer. The video should be between 1-3 minutes.
Create a Book Aesthetic Video. Edit together images and music that represents the feeling of the book you’re recommending. This video should be around 30 seconds long.
Write a review on Beanstack, our online book tracker website and app. If you don’t have an account from past summers, create a new one. Add books you’ve read and write a review between 100-200 words. You don’t have to like the book to write a review. Include a link to your review on the Google Submission Form.
Gather 10 songs that represent a favorite book or character. Include the name of the song, the artist, the name of your playlist, and the book or character it is based on and we’ll add it to the Library’s Spotify! Do not include any songs marked “explicit” in Spotify.
Create and take a photo of a “Book Bento” for us to post to our Instagram. A Book Bento is inspired by Japanese bento boxes that serve different foods in separate sections. Create a Book Bento by including a tableaux with the book and objects that connect with the book that other readers will recognize. Visit this Instagram for inspiration: @bookbento Your image should be sized 1080 x 1080px for posting to Instagram.
Record a video of you making a craft project for any age group. Take into account supplies people are likely to have at home. The video should be a maximum of 5 minutes.
Draw an original coloring page we can post online or distribute to children this summer. Make sure the lines are simple and that the image will be of interest to kids. The summer reading theme this year is “Tales & Tails” and is all about animals. Here is a coloring page drawn by one of our librarians. Upload or send us the file as a pdf or jpg/png image file. Drawings cannot include copyrighted characters.
To earn volunteer hours for any and all of these options fill out and submit the Google Form for each submission. Log-in with your Google or GCSD email to upload your videos and images directly or follow the instructions to email us your content instead. You must verify that you have parent/guardian permission for us to post your content.
If you have another suggestion for how you would like to complete volunteer hours with the Guilderland Public Library, that may also be submitted on the form.
At the end of the Summer we will email you a certificate of total hours for eligible submissions with a maximum of 20 hours.
Summer Volunteer submissions will be accepted through August 30th. Fall virtual volunteering will reopen October 1.
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