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The Suburbanite
  • Teens volunteer for library’s annual spring cleaning

  • With the weather getting warmer, many people open the windows on their homes and clean out the winter blues along with a lot of dust that accumulated over the winter months.

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  • It’s that time of the year again.
    With the weather getting warmer, many people open the windows on their homes and clean out the winter blues along with a lot of dust that accumulated over the winter months.
    The Jackson Township Branch of the Stark County District Library also takes time out for some spring cleaning every year.
    The week of spring break at Jackson Local Schools is usually reserved for special cleaning projects at the library. Teens from the high school have time during that week to help with the spring cleaning while earning needed community service credit hours.
    “We usually have 8 to 10 teens help us out every year,” said Ellen Doucette, librarian for the teen section at the library. “The teens help us with some cleaning that the regular staff at the library doesn’t have the time to do. We really have come to depend on them to help us every year with spring cleaning.”
    Barbara Krivos, a freshman at Jackson High School, has been volunteering at the library since February. She was one of the teens that helped with cleaning tasks this year.
    “I need 20 community service hours for the JAGS (Jackson Academy of Global Studies) program,” Krivos said. “I get one credit hour for every hour I work at the library. I come here so much that it seemed right that I should volunteer.”
    Krivos is planning to go to college after graduating high school and will likely major in math and science to possibly become a geologist or biologist.
    Some of the tasks the teens do during spring cleaning week included:
    • Cleaning plastic cases for books on CD
    • Cleaning the shelves for the magazines and newspapers
    • Cleaning out the old comic books
    • Dusting the spinner shelves that hold music CDs
    • Picking up litter around the outside of the library
    • Cleaning the puzzles in the children’s section
    • Sorting construction paper
    Doucette said that area teens are a big help year round. Local scout troops and teens from the Honor Society volunteer throughout the year.
    “We have teens coming in to help every day of the year,” Doucette said. “They volunteer to help in the children’s section or help with the summer programming.”
    January through March, teens come in on Saturday mornings to tutor older adults on using their mobile devices such as iPads, e-readers and smart phones.
    “We started the mobile device tutoring program in 2012 and the teens have helped around 20 to 25 older adults learn to use their e-readers and other devices,” Doucette said. “The tutoring is one-on-one and is geared toward the specific questions and issues the adults have.”
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    Area teens can serve at the Jackson library year round by joining the teen advisory board. Volunteers on the board help with programming, setting up displays and writing book lists as well as a newsletter.
    For more information about the Teen Advisory Board or to find out about upcoming library programming visit www.starklibrary.org/jackson
    -township-branch or call 330-833-1010.