By Danielle Church

Harker Heights Herald

While school is out, many programs are available to local youth in Harker Heights. One such program is volunteering with the city library.

"We think volunteering is very important. We are fortunate to have a lot of volunteers," Library Director Lisa Youngblood said.

The Harker Heights library has volunteer programs for all ages, but Youngblood said they generally see a more abundant amount of teen volunteers willing to help out in the summer.

"It gives them the opportunity to give back to the community," Youngblood said.

Teens, ages 12 to 17, are able to participate in one or more of several different volunteer committees offered at the library.

Volunteer committees include the children's program in which teens are able to help with some of the library's big summer events geared toward younger children.

There is also scrapbooking, which allows volunteers to help gather newspaper clippings and event photos to put into the library's personal scrapbook.

The puppeteering troop gets the teens involved in the arts.

The publicity committee allows the teens to help the library's public relations person by creating press releases, among other things.

"The library is able to get more completed with structured groups and the volunteers take away more sense of accomplishment," said Library Clerk Rose Ramon, who manages a majority of the teen-volunteer programs at the library.

The library also works with the Harker Heights Pet Adoption Center to encourage the proper care for animals and to promote adoption.

While the children and teens are not allowed to work with the animals, Youngblood said adult volunteers are always welcome to donate time at the center.

Youngblood also noted that volunteer time can be used to help teens complete educational requirements as well as gain knowledge and experience to be a professional. Help with resume writing and other job-related skills can also be obtained.

Much like any job, there is a process for applying to become a volunteer. Staff at the library said the application requirements have recently been updated, and background checks are now mandatory for all volunteers.

For more information on volunteer programs, visit the city library, 400 Indian Trail or call (254) 953-5491. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact Danielle Church at or (254) 501-7567.

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