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Red Cross Babysitter Certification Training

We are offering the Red Cross Babysitter Certification Training right here at the Jenkintown Library! This training will help teens develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, and help children behave. They will also learn about basic child care and basic first aid. Pre-registration is required for this training and must be done in-person at the library by Wednesday, October 23rd.

Red Cross Babysitter Certification Training

Giddy up and get a library card! Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month with Woody and the gang!


Library Card Sign Up Promotion with Woody and Bo Peep from Toy Story 4

How can you celebrate? Let us count the ways...

1. Visit your library.

Head to your library during September to see what's new and take part in the celebration. Do you have friends who don't have library cards? Invite them to the library.

2. Participate in our #GetLibraryCarded Promotion

Showing your library card gets you access to great things all year-round, but during Library Card Sign-up Month it will also get you the chance to win $100.  Help us spread the word about the value of libraries this September by snapping a picture with your library card and posting it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded.  You'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card!  Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. For more information, check out the Official rules (PDF)

3. Help spread the word. 

Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook and Twitter and the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp to join the celebration on social media.

Interview with Emma Montroy: Teen Board Member

Senior year can be a very busy time for high schoolers, between the academic work, athletic teams, college applications, and of course, social activities. But Jenkintown High School senior Emma Montroy found a way to squeeze one more thing onto her plate: she is a member of Jenkintown Library’s board of directors.

“I think libraries are very important, especially for the youth,” says Montroy. “Nowadays people really aren't as interested and they're not as utilized as they should be so. So I thought it would be a nice opportunity to try to give back to it and involve my school more in it.”

The library’s board decided in January to set aside one or two board seats for teens, an idea that originated with the board’s Recruitment Committee, which consists of board member Adrienne Brockwell and Board President Beth McKeown.

“Emma is our first such member, having joined us in January 2018,” says Brockwell. “Her presence has been such a valuable addition to the Board that we voted to create a second position and are actively seeking to fill it.”

The experience has been valuable for Emma, too, who has learned about technology, including how to use spreadsheets, as well as how to read financial documents, and how the library itself is run. It will also make an impressive entry on college applications and resumes.

When the library approached Montroy’s guidance counselor for recommendations for the new program, Emma’s name immediately came up.

“I have always enjoyed reading, and I love my English classes,” says Emma, although she says, she doesn’t get to read for pleasure as much as she used to.

“It just takes me a lot longer than it used to. When I was a kid I’d fly through tons of books, but it's gotten harder now because there's always a book that we have to read for school."

The terms for these Board positions run from September through June, and are renewable by invitation of the Board for as long as the member is locally available (i.e. until they graduate). The positions are open to 10th graders through college seniors, and are not limited to JHS students, although that is where the Recruitment Committee has focused its search.

Emma has one piece of advice for other teens who may be considering serving alongside her, or next year.

“I would just like to say to not be intimidated by it,” she says. “When I first came on, I was watching what they were doing during the meetings and I was a little bit worried, but they never give too much work [and] we only have one meeting a month, so it's really not that big of a commitment. …It's not going to be overwhelming."

Watch this space!

Keep an eye on this page for the latest updates, events, and more.