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Global Youth Service Day Celebrated at Midwest City Library

It all began in 1988 when Youth Service America (YSA) and the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) organized the first National Youth Service Day, then called, “A Day in the Life of Service.”

But it’s 2010 now and this year the Midwest City Library is sponsoring a Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 24 from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.  Working with the Midwest City Parks and Recreational Center, the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, and Oklahoma State University-OKC, the library, at 8143 E. Reno, hopes that a large group of young people will meet to discover ways they can be of service to their community.

“The first thing,” said librarian Suzette Felton, “is for the potential service providers to find out what needs to be done and then figure out how they can help.  The organizers will then assist the kids in finding ways to help.  And just as importantly, people in need of help have to find out that there are young people who are ready and able to lend a hand.”

The project is now international in scope with over 60 countries involved.

Anyone interested in getting some volunteer credit, or just lending a hand, can call the Midwest City Library at 732-4828.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.