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We Love Our Volunteers!

Released: 04-13-12

At Pima County Public Library we love our volunteers—every one of them! We asked some of our more than 550 regular volunteers to share a bit about themselves so that you can get to know them too. In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15—21, we present:

Meet Pima County Public Library Volunteers

Henry

Henry

I volunteer at the library because it is rewarding when the students solve a problem or read a book and understand what they read. It's my way of giving back to the community.

I have read many books over the years but if I had to pick one it would be The Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B. Traven.

I keep busy by belonging to clubs and organizations. I am a member of the Arizona Historical Society's Pathfinders and do fundraising and Reenactment. We portray living characters who settled in Tucson around 1775 at the Presidio San Augustin.

Oh and did I mention, I like to read? My favorite hobby is collecting comic books.

Eileen

Eileen

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at the library?

All the wonderful people.

Do you have a favorite book?

Gone But Not Forgotten by Philip Margolin.

What do you do when you're not using your talents and skills at the library?

Mostly sit at home and read or use computer.

Kris

Kris

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at the library?

The people working at the library, friendliness, doing jobs so that the staff is able to do their jobs for the many people coming into the library for assistance. Being able to see the new books coming in, making a little difference helping people.

Do you have a favorite book?

Favorite authors, yes, favorite ONE book? No. Dana Stabenow, Dick Francis, Kellermans, Todd Borg to name a few.

What do you do when you're not using your talents and skills at the library?

Discovering the Tucson area, hiking, cooking, having visitors from Illinois, watching Masterpiece Theatre.

Jane (and Emily)

Jane and Emily

I love watching children's eyes light up when they see Emily, my poodle, who draws them to our reading area and the eagerness they show in choosing just the right book to read to her. I love watching kids who say they can't read realizing they can. I know they are hooked when they come back the next week and ask for the book they could read!

I have so many favorite books it is hard to choose one, but some of my favorites are the mystery books by Anne Perry, the children's books, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. I love the poems of Shel Silverstein and Winnie the Poo by AA Milne, but my favorite poem is "Stopping by Woods On A Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. I also read a lot of nonfiction dog training books.

When not volunteering in the library Emily and I are very busy volunteering at the hospital and at schools. We are active in the dog sports of agility and doggie dancing (Musical Canine Freestyle) and traveling around the wonderful USA in our fifth wheel.

Hope to see you soon at the library.

Kathy

Kathy

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at the library?

Helping people. Up and down exercise shelving reserve books.

What do you do when you're not using your talents and skills at the library?

Pottery making and walking.

Rita

Rita

What do you enjoy about volunteering at the library?

I love the people I get to work with! The nice thing about it, is that 99 percent of the people who work at the library, really like their job. Also, I get to play all day, since I prepare crafts for Storytime!

Do you have a favorite book?

I love Dorothy Sayers' mysteries!

What do you do when you're not using your talents and skills at the library?

I am active in my church and I am currently job hunting. I love to do watercolor and, of course, I read!

Susan (and Roxie)

Susan and Roxie

What do you enjoy about volunteering at the library?

I enjoy volunteering at the library because I love to see kids get more and more interested in reading. It is great to see their reading improve.

Your favorite book?

A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

What do you do when you're not using your talents and skills at the library?

I rescue dogs! My dog Roxie and I also volunteer at the Children's Clinic at Tucson Medical Center. I also volunteer at the Arizona State Museum, and I am the Hospitality Chair for The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona.

Kathy

Kathy

What do you enjoy about volunteering at the library?

It gives me a sense of purpose working with the kids, and Filo, my dog, loves the attention!

What are some favorite reads?

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and Sarah's Quilt: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine And The Arizona Territories, 1906 by Nancy E. Turner.

What do you do when you're not using your talents and skills at the library?

I am a potter and I make abstract masks.

Sharon

Sharon

How did you come to volunteer at the Library?

I watched the Library being built and I wanted to be a part of this great asset to the area. I sent a letter of interest to Pima County, but it was Meg's (librarian) presentation at Sunflower that made this opportunity become a reality.

Why do you continue to volunteer at the Library?

1) Love of books, learning, reading.
2) Pleasant place in which to work.
3) Friendly and appreciative manager and staff.

What does volunteering at the library mean to you?

Volunteering means that I have an outlet for my skills where I can do my weekly tasks and walk away with a sense of accomplishment and pride. I sometimes have to remind myself that this is a volunteer position because it means so much to me.







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