You must have a valid Port Jefferson Free Library card in order to receive community service credit with us. The Teen Center tries to provide a variety of opportunities to fulfill the need for community service. It is up to the individual to confirm that the activities you participate in through The Library will be accepted by your organization. It is also up to the participants to keep their own records of the hours accrued. The Teen Center does not keep a record of community service earned through their community service opportunities.
Discover New Ways to Volunteer and Earn Community Service Credits
If you’re interested in finding more opportunities to volunteer and earn community service, you’re in luck! Check out the comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities available from the Long Island Volunteer Center.
Authors Unlimited will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at St. Joseph’s University in Patchogue, NY. As a volunteer, you will be working with our team of librarians and authors by directing participants to various locations throughout the day, meeting with the authors and assisting with book signing and helping with setup and breakdown of the event.
If you are a Teen in grades 7 to 12 who is interested in this opportunity, please see the attached document that contains information about what is expected, an application to fill out, and a character reference for a Librarian, Teacher, Coach or Employer to fill out.
The deadline to apply is Friday, March 22, 2024.
In-Person Community Service Programs
The Teen Center has indoor/in-person programs for teens to earn community service. Each program will provide instructions and materials necessary for participants to work on for an hour. Space is limited. Community service letters will be given physically or sent via email by the Teen Librarians.
Perler Bead Sorters
Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 PM
The Teen Center has tons of perler beads, but not enough hands to organize! Come to the Teen Center and earn an hour of community service by sorting little plastic beads for future crafts and decoration.
Thursday, March 7 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 2 at 4:00 PM
The Friends of the Library is a volunteer organization that maintains the Used Bookshop which houses a lovely collection of gently used books that can be acquired by a small donation. Teens can receive one hour of community service by decorating and organizing bookshelves.
Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 PM
The librarians are seeking additional assistance to organize their materials for future events. Teens can earn an hour of community service by aiding the librarians in their efforts.
Tuesday, March 26 at 4:00 PM
The librarians are overwhelmed with the disarray of LEGO pieces, and need your help to bring order to the chaos – similar to sorting perler beads. If you’re a teen looking to earn one hour of community service, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Your task will be to sort the various LEGO pieces by color or size, and bring some much-needed organization to the Teen Center.
Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 PM
Spring is just around the corner, but why wait for the flowers to bloom? Let’s create some of our own! With paper and a little creativity, we can help bring new life to the Teen Center. Plus, teens who participate in this activity will earn one hour of community service.
Adoption Boards for Shelter Pets
Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 PM
Create adoption boards with pictures, stickers, scrapbook paper, and other embellishments. Boards will be donated to shelters to help promote the adoption of long-time shelter animals! Teens will earn one hour of community service.
Perler Bead Designers
Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 PM
Design and create a cool perler bead craft to help decorate our space! The Teen Center is looking for creative minds to lend a hand. By participating, teenagers can earn one hour of community service and have a blast with perler beads.
Tuesday, April 23 at 4:00 PM
Stay up-to-date with all of the latest happenings at our Teen Center! Collaborate with our librarians to plan future activities for the library, and in return receive one hour of community service.
Take-Home Community Service Opportunities
The Teen Center offers kits for teens to earn community service. Each kit will have instructions and materials for the participants to follow and return to the Teen Center. The online forms are for those who picked up an envelope at the Teen Center and are in the process of returning the kit. Hours will be given once the online form is completed and the envelope is returned to the community service bin. Please note that all submissions will receive a response within a timeframe of 1 to 7 days. The submission date of your community service form will be counted for the corresponding month. If there are any issues with the kit or in completing the task, email: email@example.com
The following Take-Home Envelopes will be available on March 1st 2024.
Stop into the Teen Center and pick up paper butterflies to decorate. Two hours of community service will be earned per envelope completed. One envelope per month.
Velvet Quilt Squares
Stop into the Teen Center and pick up quilt squares to decorate. Two hours of community service will be earned per envelope completed. One envelope per month.
Previous Take-Home Community Service Online Forms:
Online Community Service Opportunities
Check out the community service opportunities you can do at home! Each activity provides the appropriate and updated guidelines needed to earn community service. Hours will be given once the participant has the form correctly submitted. Please note that all submissions will receive a response within a timeframe of 1 to 7 days. The submission date of your community service form will be counted for the corresponding month. If there are any issues in accessing or completing the form, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Review and Movie Review Guidelines Update
Teens can earn 4 hours of community service for each submitted book, or movie, review that meets the updated required guidelines! Teens must have a valid PJFL library card to earn community service hours.
Earn community service by recycling bottles and reduce waste in your community! A maximum of 10 hours will be awarded per month. See online form for details.
Teen Book Review
Earn community service by reviewing young adult novels, e-books or print, on their reading level. You can earn 4 hours of community service for each submitted book review! There is a limit of 2 reviews per month.
Teen Movie Review
Earn community service by reviewing PG or PG-13 movies from any source, DVD or digital streaming services. You can earn 4 hours of community service for each submitted movie review that meets the required guidelines. There is a limit of 2 reviews per month.