This summer I decided to dedicate my time to my public library throughout June & July. Since I'm too young to work this was the next best thing. It's not like a punishment to me (the library is one of my favorite places to be-my next outside)you can't force me outta there. You can see volunteering in to positive different ways. 1.) This is preparation and experience for getting a paying job. 2.) A free way of giving back to your community. The big difference from volunteering to the actual job world is that you can't come and leave whenever you want too and you get paid. Now I think about it, you might also get medical benefits. All I did was very simple. Except it started out boring. First I spent about two weeks dusting the non-fiction section (which is the worst place you could have put me to). Talk about boring torture. The clip of the iceberg wasn't so cold when I made it to the religious section. I never knew how many books Joyce Meyers could write! Then they needed my help to set up the children's programs before 4:00. That many consisted of collecting chairs ad moving the kiddie tables to place big boy tables instead. The ages went to about eleven but every time you will see adults and older kids watching the programs anyway. Why bother having anybody sign up? I got to participate in them by; guarding books from being stolen and keeping everything standing from the forces of the wind. They had adult and teen programs but they only have two each. Rip off alert. Other than that they had me clean the movies cases ad replace them alphabetically. You'd think I would have found a movie while dusting ad wiping but never did. The only time I did I got a movie that was "adult check-out only." (It was "The Help.") The greatest part was that I discovered books I wanted to read but could never find from years ago! For example; I first believed they had no Edgar Allen Poe books, sure enough they had one book with several stories combined. Did I mentioned that I donated some of my books I no longer desired anymore. Why let them collect dust when other children or adults may read that same book from generations to come. Imagine a book in your hand that you pass on to a little boy; who passed it to a teenage girl, then gave it to her BFF that showed it to her cousin. The cycle never stops and the one who started it was you. Do not think of volunteering as non-paying labor. Imagine it an experience that helps people in more ways you can comprehend. Volunteering once or twice a day for a few weeks and acknowledge the differences around you. There are so many different places that could use your help despite adolescence. Your local library, a nursing home, a soup kitchen-the list goes on. Google some simple places for volunteering to get started. May I mention that any job loves to know that you volunteer. That means you have experience in the public and the ways of work. You'll have people to write down as previous contacts that knows how determined you are to get the job right-not just done. So please, use your free time or summer to volunteer for your city or town like I did.