Teen Voices: Featuring Mackenzie

Each month we spotlight a teen at CPL.

Mackenzie is a 15-year-old sophomore at St. Ignatius College Prep, and she has been a Summer Learning Challenge volunteer at Merlo Branch for three years. She is responsible for many of the bulletin boards, displays and decorations related to the summer program you see at Merlo. She helps train new volunteers and assists with many other aspects of the program. Since she's been involved with library for many years, we wanted to find out more about her and the love of the library.

Q: Why did you start volunteering?

A: I started volunteering after years of participating in the CPL Summer Learning Challenge as a child. I was inspired to volunteer at CPL by my older sister who I watched volunteer.

Q: Why do you think other teens should volunteer?

A: This is my third year volunteering for the Summer Learning Challenge at Merlo Branch, and it's been great to see many of the children grow as readers throughout the years. It's enjoyable to help new readers explore knowledge and stories and it's inspirational.

Q: What are your hobbies outside of the library?

A: I have a plethora of activities that I enjoy, but I mostly enjoy Model United Nations. I have chances to explore and gain an eye-opening understanding of current and historical events. When traveling I love learning about different cultures and places. Lastly, I love EVERYTHING French—books, Francophone countries, the food and most of all, the beautiful language.

Q: What's your favorite book?

A: Even though most books I read make it onto my "favorites" list, one of my favorites of all time is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. I've always loved how this book's vivid story is enriched by the beautiful drawings.

Q: What's your favorite program to help with at the library?

A: It's either the infant and toddler story time or any fun science program for children. It's great seeing babies and infants become engrossed in stories and songs. Last summer I helped with a children's science program, and it was cute seeing the kids so amazed at the Borax slime they made.

Q: What do you think of the Summer Learning Challenge?

A: I think it's a wonderful program that inspires young minds to learn through reading, exploring the world, and creating great things.

Thanks for sharing and spreading the love of the library, Mackenzie!