It’s National Volunteer Week, that time of year in which we attempt to make sure that our wonderful volunteers feel as appreciated as they are.
We have a small volunteer program because we have a small staff, and volunteers require staff support. I know many more people throughout our community would volunteer if we could accommodate them, and I’m sure someday we’ll be able to do that.
As for now, we have the best, most steadfast, cheerful, patient, willing, generous group of volunteers that I’ve ever worked with. They brighten our days, take loads off our shoulders, and provide hundreds of hours of effort every year. So find a volunteer somewhere this week, and thank them!
If you’re ready to explore the wonderful world of volunteering yourself, a great place to start is with our local Volunteer Center.
Are you aware of the volunteers that make our library go? They are a small but mighty workforce–unsung heroes who, in fact, aren’t real interested in being sung about! But despite their modesty and preference for anonymity, every now and again it’s good to acknowledge them and express our gratitude–if for no other reason than to celebrate service, that urge to give back, to show up, to contribute.
This week there’s a board up in the library (this being National Volunteer Week), and you are invited to come and express your own thanks to these great folk. Please join us in that, and in being aware and grateful for volunteers worldwide, and all that they do.
P.S.: it’s also National Library Week. Hooray!
"The Seamstress," by N. DeJong
We’ve never tried to recruit volunteers from the blog before, but hey, why not?
We have a need, we have readers, perhaps we’ll find a match.
We’re looking for a seamstress to complete a one-time project for us, a series of identical curtains roughly 3 ft x 3 ft, with a very slight gather. If you’ve got the talent and the time, we’d sure appreciate it, and you’ll be contributing to the beauty of our bee-youuu-te-ful library.
For more information, please call Mary Beth at 755-0760. And thanks! Volunteers make our world go ’round.
Last night we celebrated National Library Week by honoring the many people who donate time, effort and heart to keeping BPL running smoothly and happily. All five types of volunteers (Friends of the Library, Board of Trustees, Genealogists, Foundation, and our in-house Volunteers) were represented at the reception.
Friend of the Library Theresa enjoying our reception.
Afterwards, Stokley Towles performed “A Physiological Study of Libraries,” a humorous look at the past, present, and importance of libraries. His ending story, about a young girl who says she was raised, not by a village but by her library, made several audience members teary-eyed.
Stokley Towles, jabbing fun at libraries, patrons, and librarians.
Our great thanks go to all the folks who contribute to our library. They put their love for libraries into action; they show up and serve their community; and we’re all the better for it.
Happy National Library Week,
Join me this coming Wednesday in an activity I really enjoy: the Friends’ meeting. I like this casual gathering of lovely people who all love our library. I also like the fact that this small group of people raise enough money for us to offer great programs all year long at no cost to the public!
You’ll find out about upcoming Friends’ and library projects, get the scoop about what’s going on these days, and learn about ways you can give a little time volunteering at the library (if you’re so inclined).
It’s this Wednesday, March 24, at 10:00 am in the library conference room. Visitors and new members are always welcome at the Friends’ meetings. Hope to see you there.