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Sachem Public Library
Sachem Public Library

150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741 • 631-588-5024

  • Monday – Friday 9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday CLOSED (through 9/29/24)

Letter to My 6th Grade Self

What did you wish you had known when you started middle school? Write a one-page letter of advice to a new middle schooler. Register on the Sachem Teen Volunteer page to receive an email with project guidelines. Hosted by the Sachem Teen Leaders.

Letter to My 6th Grade Self

Letter to My 9th Grade Self

What did you wish you had known when you started high school? Write a one-page letter of advice to a new high schooler. Register on the Sachem Teen Volunteer page to receive an email with project guidelines. Hosted by the Sachem Teen Leaders.

Letter to My 9th Grade Self

Yearbook Scanning

Help us scan our Sachem Yearbook Archive and make it accessible digitally.(90 minutes)

Yearbook Scanning

Mutt-I-Grees Club

Help us with projects to benefit local animal shelters and complete various tasks to earn community service credit.  Teens may earn up to 9 hours per month for projects completed at home.

You must sign up for the Mutt-i-grees @ Home in addition to the In-Person Meet Ups. In-Person Meet Ups are for Sachem cardholders only.

Mutt-i-Grees: PlacematsCreate pet food placemats for local shelters. Must be registered with the Muttigrees @ Home Club to participate.

Mutt-I-Grees Club

Garden Guardians

Help maintain our Community Garden by weeding, watering, sweeping, pruning, and harvesting. Each session will also include an interactive nature activity.

Handmade Wind Chimes – Create handmade wind chimes for our garden. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held indoors.  (90 minutes)

BioBlitz_iNaturalist: Observe the life forms in our garden and record your findings. We will be comparing our data to what we collected last August and then upload our data so scientists all over the world can access our findings.

SciStarter: Track butterfly migration with The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum’s Journey North project.

Garden Guardians

Patio Planners

Help our librarians design and maintain the outdoor Patio space, including the gardens, pergola, and other features. We will be weeding and working in the gardens. Dress for a mess! (1 hour) 

Patio Planners

Toiletry Kits

Design a canvas bag filled with toiletry items for those in need.  (1 hour)

Toiletry Kits

Farmer's Market Totes

Using stencils and fabric markers, decorate a tote bag that will be handed out to attendees at area farmer’s markets over the summer. (2 hours)

Farmer's Market Totes

Teen Leaders Club

Applicants must be in  Grades 8-12. The Teen Leaders Club is a year-long commitment.  Teen Leaders will:  Provide input on upcoming library sponsored events, offer opinions on updating library services and designated spaces for teens, Assist library staff at large library events as volunteers. Events may include Summer Reading Kick Off, Welcome 6th Graders, Fall Festival, Haunted Garden, Holiday Lights, and SachemCon. If approved Teen Leaders must attend at least 1 meeting every 3 months (total of 4 meetings per year) and must complete 2-4 hours per month of leadership activities. Monthly Leaders meeting will count towards these hours.

The benefits of being a Teen Leader will be developing a life-long affinity for service and volunteerism.  Being a Teen Volunteer fosters personal growth and character development, enhances leadership skills for career choices and college applications and form positive relationships in the community.

Teen Leaders Club

Learn Something - Lead the Way

Are you ready to lead the way? Watch librarian-selected documentaries and complete a questionnaire that allows you to gain perspective and prompt acts of service in the Sachem community.  

By participating in this program you are giving back to your community in the following ways: (1) Becoming informed through documentaries. (2) Actively participating in a dialogue on important issues. (3) Exploring important community issues and spreading awareness by becoming leaders within the community, physically and virtually.  (2 hours)

Learn Something - Lead the Way

Acts of Kindness

Create either an Instagram Reel or TikTok about what kindness means to you.(1 hour)

Acts of Kindness

Book Trailers

Create a book trailer for teen books at Sachem Public Library. (3 hours)

Book Trailers

Sachem TeenStrumentals

Submit musical recordings for our TeenStrumentals Podcast on Soundcloud to be shared with the community. (3 hours)

Sachem TeenStrumentals

"History of the People" Project

Have you ever wondered what brought you and your neighbors to this very spot? How is this community shaped by who we are and where we came from? Contribute to building a picture of who we are as a “people”.  Record interviews with your parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors.  Recordings will be shared on the libraries’ social media accounts.  Sign up for more information on this project! (3 hours)

Database Review

Learn about the library’s databases and gain community service hours by watch one database tutorial video from the Sachem Public Library YouTube channel playlist “Explore our Databases” and writing a 250-350-word review. Earn 1 service hour for completion of a review, an additional .5 hour is available to those who also create a video review.

Database Review

Muttigrees: Adoption Tails

Have you rescued a shelter pet and given them a new home?  Tell us your inspiring story and why rescuing and adopting a shelter pet is so important.  (1 hour)

Muttigrees: Adoption Tails

Teen Book Reviewers

Love to read? Earn community service credit by reviewing award-winning Young Adult books selected by the American Library Association. You will earn 3 hours of community service for each review that meets all of the requirements, up to 9 hours per month. For Sachem cardholders only.

Teen Book Reviewers

Some Tips:

Check with your family before volunteering for a project or with an organization. Some organizations may have minimum age requirements or require training. It is your responsibility to make sure that the community service program you volunteer for will qualify with the organization that is tracking your community service hours. The library is not responsible for tracking community service hours served with outside organizations.

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