Smithtown Public Library Visits HS West to Teach Students about Resources

Librarians Colleen Navins (left) and Kaitlin Brand share information about the public library with High School West students. thumbnail208466
Librarians Colleen Navins (left) and Kaitlin Brand share information about the public library with High School West students.

English as a New Language students from High School West and Accompsett Middle School received library cards and learned about The Smithtown Library’s volunteer opportunities and activities on Tuesday.

Teen librarians Kaitlin Brand from the Smithtown branch and Colleen Navins from the Nesconset branch of the public library visited the High School West library to share the information.

“We’re your librarians,” Brand told the students.

Brand and Navins noted that the library has more than books to borrow, too — although students not yet 18 years old might need a parent or guardian to accompany them in order to borrow items such as a GoPro, video games or guitar. 

The librarians noted that there are four branches of The Smithtown Library — Smithtown, Nesconset, Kings Park and Commack.

The ENL students also learned about upcoming teen programs, including the opportunity to create a clay pot snowman at the Nesconset branch on Jan. 5, to sew your own fleece hat at the Smithtown branch on Jan. 12, and a session with games and goodies at Smithtown on Jan. 14.

Students also were presented with volunteer opportunities that will satisfy their school’s community service requirements.

Those events include decorating kitchen aprons for those who work in local soup kitchens as well as assembling craft kits for children.

The librarians noted that students often have schedules that may not be conducive to attending a particular volunteer opportunity. So the students can make an appointment for a volunteer opportunity that fits their particular schedule.

The students were encouraged to visit www.smithlib.org for more information about offerings at the library, including free museum passes.

The event was arranged by High School West librarian Cathy Masrour.

In a separate session led by Masrour, students also learned from guidance officials about college and career opportunities.