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Spandana Singh is the San Francisco Editor and Tech Editor for Miss A. Better known as Spandi, she is a junior at UC Berkeley with an avid passion for foreign affairs and journalism. Originally from India, she has so far lived in countries like Kenya, Italy, Ethiopia, the United States and Indonesia and looks forward to living in many more.

Spandi is pursuing a double major in International Development and Media and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She loves to play the piano, box, travel, explore new cultures (especially their cuisines), and spend time with her friends. By the time she is 30 she wants to have lived in every habitable continent in the world.

Volunteering At The New York Public Library

Just because the holiday season has come to a close does not mean that the time for giving back is over and the need for help disappears.

One organization that is open to volunteers throughout the year in New York is the New York Public Library. With locations throughout the

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five boroughs, NYPL is a good and convenient way for you to give back and help out one of the greatest organizations around.

NYPL not only lends out books, movies, tapes and CD’s for free, but they also host several talks, classes, tours and sessions for people of all ages.

Volunteering at such a place, is an honor really, and there is a wide variety of things you can do. You can help to re-organize the library, giving you a deeper insight and understanding of how a big library like NYPL really functions, or you can help out  technologically by becoming a teacher in the various sessions held to teach people how to use computers, or the self-check out machines. If none of that piques your interest, then there are many other sessions held in the various libraries that I’m sure you could relate to. Depending on the library, you could teach a class on how to knit, help children after school with their homework, teach adults how to write and read, help out at book sales, or even volunteer online, the list is never ending.

New York Public Library Reading Room (Photo Credit: www.thecityreview.com)

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, and the NYPL is a great way to do it. Their multiple locations each have different things going on, and the numerous volunteer opportunities will ensure that the time you spend volunteering feels more like fun, rather than a duty.  So find your nearest NYPL and get started!

Go to http://www.nypl.org/locations to find your closest New York Public Library and it’s hours of operation.

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