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You’ll Get There*

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , on October 14, 2009 by Jeremy


Started volunteering again.  Now with some friends.

*Hopefully, I will.

Autumn Begins

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , on September 23, 2009 by Jeremy


Indeed, it is officially autumn.  No more scorching summer days and sweaty walks to friends’ houses.  Summer, I used to hate you, but I’m now coming into terms with your heat.

Leaves aren’t exactly falling yet, so I present to you this autumn-themed piece of paper from our public library.  I accompanied my friends to the library today so they could inquire about volunteering during the fall.

Although summer has ended, pain from college-related events continues.  Essays still need to be completed, and the thought of the SATs continue to plague my mind.  They’re all doable, but they become increasingly difficult to manage as the days between right now and the due dates and test dates pass.  I feel overwhelmed, but I can do this.

“It’s for a Project!”

Posted in Belleville, Summer Vacation, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by Jeremy


I went to the library again this morning.  My volunteering schedule has always been Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and every Tuesday and Wednesday, I had to attend a program called “Reading Buddies,” during which I had to help an elementary school child read.  Today, I was assigned a Colombian kid who immigrated to the U.S. last year.  He had a really cool strong accent that heavily affected his reading.  Nevertheless, he was able to read the words quite smoothly, even though his pronunciation wasn’t exactly on point.

Afterwards, I was sent to the children’s room, where there was a huge ruckus.  Apparently, there were activities being held for small children.   Some were listening to a reader, while others were running around.  Others were actually reading.  It was a nice noisy atmosphere, although not exactly what you think of a library.  I thought it would have made a nice photo for today, since I had to work around the energetic children while putting the books away.  However, I had a feeling that as soon as I posted that picture here, I would be branded as a creepster, not to mention what the adults present there would think while I snapped some pictures.  Of course, I could’ve asked, but Mr. Shy Bones here didn’t want to.

So, now you are presented with quite a boring shot of my task after I left the children’s room.  Taking the returned books back to the second floor to be put into the shelves.

Not Zombies, But…

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Summer Vacation, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by Jeremy


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I started to volunteer at the library yesterday, and I went again for my second day today.  Both days required me to help a few kids with their reading, and yesterday, I also had to return some books to the shelves.  I’ll eventually take some pictures of me doing some work.

[So, today, after helping a kid read his book for the summer, I browsed through some shelves of books and realized that I had placed some books yesterday in the wrong section.  They had a special sticker that indicated where they were to go, but I completely disregarded them and put them in a completely different floor.  I discovered my error when I was browsing around because that area was were the special-stickered books were supposed to go.  Hoping to mend my mistake, I stealthily grabbed the books I misplaced and returned to the room where they belonged.  However, I encountered another problem.  Only one of the two books I recovered looked like it was supposed to be there, so, hoping to avert an error that might embarrass me, I decided to borrow that book that didn’t belong.  Hence, I carried Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on my way home.]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks like an interesting novel, but I feel obliged to read the original first before moving to this adaptation.

Speaking of the supernatural, some friends came over late afternoon.  (No, they’re not the supernatural ones.)  I decided to entertain them with some activities involving ghosts and other scary subjects.  First, I presented to them quite a terrifying game, called “The House“.  Then, I showed them this website, where we looked at some mildly creepy videos, but it was really “The House” that got them.