Monthly Archives: November 2014

Give Back This Holiday Season

The holiday season has come again, and it’s a great time of year to remember those in need. Volunteering your time is a wonderful way to help out the community and make a difference in someone’s life. There are several organizations in Louisville that rely on volunteers: The Kentucky Humane Society, Norton Healthcare, The Louisville Zoo, The Kentucky Science Center, The Louisville Nature Center, and The Louisville Free Public Library all offer volunteer opportunities for teens. Make sure to call them ahead of time to see when they are accepting volunteers as some of these organizations only have opportunities seasonally.

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Remember that there are many ways to help others everyday too. You can do something for an elderly neighbor such as taking out their garbage or raking the leaves in their yard. Most grocery stores are taking donations of food, clothing, and toys to prepare for the holiday season. The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations, especially of rare blood types. If you see a need that is not being met you can even create your own charity, like 16 year old Maddy Beckman who fashioned Coat-A-Kid to help keep kids warm in the winter.

Spread the spirit of the season by finding your own unique way of giving back!

-Lynn, Children and Teen Services, St. Matthews and Westport Branches

November is NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month

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This organization encourages everyone to become a writer and write a novel during the month of November. I have big dreams of writing an epic tale myself, and maybe someday I will get more motivated to start! But hey, maybe you feel the same as me and this can be your month to start!

We know life as a teen can get super busy. You have school, friends, family commitments, part-time jobs, and more to fill up your time. Maybe writing a novel right now isn’t an option. But I encourage you to write something. Writing can be so fulfilling and a creative outlet. It can help you let out stress by writing your feelings down in a journal, or just writing down an inspirational quote, poem, or song lyrics. They don’t even have to be your own words. Just remember to give credit! A few minutes a day will help get your creativity flowing and improve your writing ability for those ACT and SAT tests. So go ahead! Start writing! I dare you.

Be sure to check out the National Novel Writing Month’s website for more info about their Young Writers Program.

-Mallory, TeenServices, Bon Air Branch