Teens! We now have service hours!

The library does not provide service hours for court mandated issues.
To earn virtual service hours, you must follow all listed directions. Hours are given out at the discretion of the library staff. If we deem your work to be insufficient or inappropriate, library staff can reject submissions.

Your Picks: Teen  Book  Edition

Do you like to recommend things to friends? Do you like making videos? If the answer is yes, then we’ve got a service hour opportunity for you.

  • All you need to do is create a 1 to 5 minute video where you do a book talk of your favorite teen read.
  • Your goal is to try to persuade people to read these books. Tell them a little bit about the story (no
    spoilers) and why it’s such an amazing read. Use your own words. Do not read the summary off the back of
    the book or one you picked up online.
  • For every video you do, you’ll receive one service hour from the library.
  • All videos must be library appropriate and be about teen books. When recording be sure you use standard
    definition (don’t send videos over 200,000KB). All submitted videos will be posted on the library’s
    website and social media, so by sending them to us you are giving us permission to use your material and
    likeness.
  • Submit your videos by sending us a way to download the video file by either creating a free Dropbox
    account or by using a Google Cloud link. Send us those links by emailing adeluna@whiting.lib.in.us. Be sure you do not have any copyrighted music in your videos. After a video has been submitted and approved to be published, we will be able to sign your service hours form.
  • You can do more than one video, but each book talk submitted must cover a different book.
  • Be sure that you include your name, library card number, grade, and which program you are submitting
    work for with each sent in item.
  • Check out this video review for an example!

Teen Write-Ups

Have you read, watched, or played something amazing lately?

  • Write up a paragraph review (at least 7 sentences) about it and earn service hours.
  • Your goal is to try to persuade people to go check out what you’ve wrote about. Tell them a little bit about the story (no spoilers) and why it’s so amazing. Your paragraph must be written in your own words, aka don’t plagiarize.
  • For every write up you do, you’ll receive one service hour from the library.
  • All write ups must be library appropriate. All submitted write ups will be posted on the library’s website and social media, so by sending them to us you are giving us permission to use your material.
  • Send all write ups to adeluna@whiting.lib.in.us.
  • After a write up has been submitted and approved to be published, we will be able to sign your service hours form.
  • You can do more than one write up, but each paragraph submitted must be about something different.
  • Be sure that you include your name, grade, and what program you are submitting work for with each sent in item.
  • Check out these reviews from Teens!

One Page Zine

Are you creative and want to give back?

  • Make a zine out of one page of paper.
  • To see an example, click here. Instructions on making one page zines are here.
  • There are three choices of topics: 1) a “how to” guide with tips on how to do something — examples are how to be TikTok famous, how to level up in a video game, how to make a DIY scrunchie — it can be anything you want! 2) reviews of books, movies, or TV shows 3) a fun, detailed list of your favorite things.
  • For illustrations, you can choose to draw them or paste things you’ve printed from the internet or cut from magazines. Don’t forget to give your zine a title! You can write your first name or initials on it, but please don’t include your last name (or you can choose to leave your name off completely).
  • Completed zines can be dropped off at the library during walk-in hours (lower level Children’s Desk) or in the library’s book drop — make sure they are in a bag and include your name, email address, and phone number.
  • Copies of the zines will be given out for free to other teens at a later date. Can be done multiple times; 1 service hour for 1 completed zine.

Teen Service Club: Take, Make, and Bring Back

Would you like to help support the local animal shelter and earn service hours?

  • Stop by and pick up a Teen Take, Make, and Bring Back at the lower level Children’s Desk, follow the directions at home to create dog tug toys, then return the finished toys in the bag provided.
  • You will earn one service hour for each finished bag you return to the Teen Desk.
  • You can only take one bag at a time and projects must be done outside of the library.