Stories to Service

Inspire service through literature.

The Johnson City Public Library is proud to announce that Katelyn Wolfe, our Teen Librarian, secured a grant to do just that, thanks to the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Symposium. “Stories to service is a teen volunteer program that combines literacy with volunteerism through service projects and book clubs” is how Katelyn describes the program. Participants will read a book centered on a certain issue, discuss it together, and then carry out a service project related to the book. Watch the video below to see Katelyn’s winning grant application.

Katelyn says she first began putting the idea together when she attended the YALSA symposium in September 2017. “I started taking bits from programs I’ve heard about from other libraries and some of the authors and speakers at YALSA.” She also says she did “a lot of brainstorming with our Teen Advisory Board as well as my library coworkers.” One of Katelyn’s favorite parts of this program is how involved the teens will be. “I want the books we read together and the volunteer projects we do together to fit what they come up with. I think they’ll be so passionate about projects they put together themselves!”

The library is signing teens up for Stories to Service now through March 31. The first planning session will meet in early April, with the first book club meeting over the summer. A related service project will follow closely after the book club meets. Stories to Service will continue in the fall, so even if you miss this first session, you can still sign up for future events. To sign up for this program, fill out this form and return it in person at the Information desk on the second floor of the library, or via email to Forms are also available at the Information Desk. For more information on this and other teen programs, call 423-434-4450 ext. 4349, or follow us on social media: or

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