Hammond Named Volunteer of the Year
November 12, 2009
Grace Hammond, also known as Gracie, was born in Arkansas and has lived in Grand County for 24 years. She has been a volunteer at the Fraser Valley Library for 13 years, and this year she was awarded the Fraser Valley Library “Volunteer of the Year” by the Friends of Grand County Library for her years of hard work and dedication to the Fraser Valley Library.
Gracie can often be seen pushing a cart through the stacks, shelving books and DVDs at record speeds. She is quick with a smile and a quip, and she is always willing to help a patron or staff member. It is easy to see why Gracie is this year’s Volunteer of the Year for the Fraser Valley Library.
“We love working with Gracie because she is so spirited and full of energy; oftentimes she can be found making circles around the staff,” said Jeanette McQuade, circulation librarian for the Fraser Valley Library. “Her work ethic is amazing, and her wit keeps us laughing every Friday afternoon. She truly is a benefit to our library and the community we serve.”
What made you become a volunteer for the Fraser Valley Library? I always loved to be in libraries. In the library, I was home. When I was young, I read almost every book in the library in my small town. When I moved here . . . I went to the little library and I begged them to let me work there.
What is your favorite book and why? “Farewell to Arms” is my favorite. It was about the war in Italy, but it was a romance also. It was so well written, you felt like you were in the book, like you were part of the war, and part of the romance. And I liked “The Godfather,” because it was so well written. “Lonesome Dove”. I could name a million good books. When I like a book, I turn it over and caress it. I read what’s on the back. I turn it and open to the front to look at the front page. I don’t want to let it go.
Who is your favorite character?
Captain Augustus McCrae [from “Lonesome Dove.”]. He’s just personified as a small town [guy], moving cattle – a Texas round-up kind of thing. All the characters in the book were real to you.
Who is your favorite villain? The girl in the Razor’s Edge [Isabel.] Old book. [The main character] was a recovering alcoholic, but [Isabel] told him to take a drink. Said one wouldn’t hurt. That’s when he went back again to drinking. She made me so mad!
What is the most recent book you read? “Rainlight,” written by Alison McGhee. It’s so different, and the dialogue is just unbelievably descriptive. One thing I remember from the book is they were riding up a snowy pass behind a snow plow, looking back at lights of the cars, and the lights of the cars looked like “a string of pearls on a black rope.” How’s that for descriptive? It’s so good. I’ve never read anything like that before.