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Library Corner: Celebrating our volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month, so what better time to celebrate the dozens of volunteers who help keep Grand County’s libraries functioning smoothly!

Grand County Library District’s volunteers represent all ages and backgrounds. Among their ranks are high school students, young mothers, grandparents, real estate brokers, novelists, retired teachers, engineers, librarians and attorneys, and even seasonal residents. The two traits they all share are a passion for libraries and a willingness to help. The skills our volunteers bring are vital to the health of our libraries.

These wonderful volunteers serve in many capacities, from shelving books and decorating bulletin boards, to teaching classes and helping with story time. Our volunteers also host “Read with a Dog,” offer quilting instruction, and lead a local writer’s support group. And, these are only a few of the many tasks our devoted volunteers undertake on a regular basis all over the county.

Our library district is even fortunate enough to have a dedicated volunteer organization, The Friends of Grand County Library, whose mission is to raise funds, foster literacy, and encourage public support of our libraries. The Friends host many fund-raising events each year, and they also manage our sizeable collection of used book donations. Many of our programs, like GCLD’s annual summer reading program and our circulating magazine collections, would not exist without the ongoing support of the Friends.

When we asked a few of our volunteers why they give their time and service to the library, the answers were as varied as the people themselves:

“I want to give back to my community.” -Nicola Dixon

“I love learning new things and being surrounded by information.” -Amelia Nicol

“It’s rewarding to see the children enjoying story time.” -Kaydee Blackwell

“I’m a lifelong volunteer for many causes. It’s what you do.” -Laurel Gillespie

So, the next time you’re in your local library and see someone shelving books, presenting a program or dusting shelves, look again. You may be looking at a library angel in disguise!

Here are the names of our current volunteers, in no particular order:

William Barnes, Margaret Gutgesell, Chance Hein, Sally LeClair, Kathie Vidmar, Bode Rheme, Kaydee Blackwell, Pat Deepe, Nicola Dixon, Laurel Gillespie, Mary Harward, Amelia Nicol, Jayden Bergen, Cathy Craig, Sandy Althen, Katie Ellis, Megan Hughes, Joan Richmond, Deborah Mathieu, Carol Schroer, Marcia Honer, William Honer, Allura Luna, Ben Mathis, Liberty Mathis, Holly Sheppard, Roxane White, Melitta White, Janet Schayer, Bob Bowman, Matt Veraldo, Dave Schlichting, Edie Strate, Chris Rourke, Martin Smith, Mikey Gallavan and her therapy dog, Sophie, Grand County Library Foundation, and the Friends of Grand County Library.

Grand County Library District would like to offer a heartfelt “Thank you” to our amazing volunteers for all you do. Our libraries would not be the wonderful places they are without you!

Tess Riley is the library services specialist with the Grand County Library District.


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