EDMOND — The Edmond Library continues to have the highest circulation in the Metropolitan Library System, with about 1.3 million items checked out annually.
And to help with that and other programs, the branch enlists the help of young volunteers.
The Edmond Library Teen Service Team was formed by librarian Meaghan Hunt Wilson. The group helps with programing and other tasks so librarians can spend more time helping customers.
The group meets twice a month on Wednesdays after school.
“We have a snack for them and they help us do a variety of things,” Hunt Wilson said. “One day they might help with decorating projects in our kids area or prepare a craft or get ready for story time. They also help us with cleaning and dusting projects around the building. We give them a taste of how the library runs and what happens after you drop your books off.”
The students don’t get paid for their work, but it offers them a chance to put work experience on a resume.
“It gives them valuable experience and it also helps them develop their resumes,” branch manager Melody Kellogg said. “It’s been a nice addition to what we offer here, and I think those who have participated have enjoyed the experience.”
The volunteers are particularly helpful during the summer months.
“We have a huge response to our summer reading program,” Hunt Wilson said. “We use typically between 30 or 40 that help just with that program in June and July.”
The summer reading program will transition to an online registration format this year, Kellogg said. That has helped cut down on expenses and grow the program. That is a systemwide change, she said.
“We’re going from a manual paper-based program to something that allows for more flexibility,” Kellogg said.
To learn more
For more information about the Edmond Library and Metropolitan Library System programs, go online to www.metrolibrary.org.