Stony Brook Village Scarecrow Build

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to build our Scarecrow for the

2023 Stony Brook Village Scarecrow Contest!


At this time we have all the volunteers needed, but you are welcome to join the waitlist!


Organized by the The Ward Melville Heritage Organization, this year will mark the 33rd Annual Scarecrow Content in Stony Brook Village.  Individuals and groups from Three Village build scarecrows, which are displayed in the Village for the month of October.  Visitors to the Village have the opportunity to vote for their favorite scarecrow during the month of October.  Winning Scarecrows get prizes!

This year the Library will be building an Edgar Allan (Scare)Poe Scarecrow!

For Teen Volunteers, there will be three REQUIRED meetings for this project.  You MUST be able to attend ALL THREE MEETINGS to volunteer for this project.  The meetings are as follows:

Monday September 11, 2023 – 6:00-7:00pm

Tuesday September 12, 2023 – 6:00-7:00pm

Saturday September 16, 2023 – 3:00-4:00pm

If you cannot make any one of these meetings, please free up your spot for another teen who can.  Thank you for understanding!

In addition to the meetings, you will be assigned a week to “Adopt” the Scarecrow in the Stony Brook Village.  During your week, you will be in charge of checking on the scarecrow at least 3 times during the week, and making sure it is in good condition.  Weather can do a number on the Scarecrow; in years past we’ve even experienced hurricanes while the scarecrow is displayed.  You will be provided with some basic repair tools, in case the Scarecrow needs a little TLC.

In total, you will earn 7 hours of community service credit for participating in all three meetings, and adopting the Scarecrow for a week.

In order to volunteer, you must have the Teen Volunteering in the Community and Parent/Guardian Permission Form on file.  If you are not sure if you’ve filled out the forms in the past, please find them here:

1) Library Teen Volunteering in the Community: Click Here to Apply

2) Parent/Guardian Permission Form: Click Here to Complete

   Once your forms are on file, please triple check your schedule, and then email the Teen Services Department Head Librarian, Emily Ostrander, to express your interest in volunteering for the Scarecrow Build:

DEADLINE to Apply to Volunteer for the Scarecrow Build is September 1, 2023

Thank you!