I Volunteer Because . . .
"I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and being of some
service to the community. It is rewarding to be able to volunteer some
of my free time to a valuable cause."
"It allows me to gain experience in the different facets of the
Library. Volunteering in positions that you are working toward
obtaining gives you an added bonus on your resume and when
"I wanted to learn about the infrastructure and various functions
of the library as well as to get good work experience and good
"I am retired and enjoyed my role as 'Tape Doctor' -- I fix the
"I felt it was time to give back to the community. Also, I am an
MLS student studying at Catholic University & feel that the work
experience is helping me with my studies."
"Teachers want us (the students) to get up to 12 hours a quarter. I
also do it for fun."
"I enjoy making it easier for people to find the books and
information that they need; there are often fun jobs to do, and I have
lots of friends there."
"As a recent university graduate at age 55, I used the Reston
Library and the help of the aides for the three years. Now I have the
opportunity to give my time as an Adopt-a-Shelf volunteer. I like being
around books and handling them. I pull the 'holds' materials that
people have requested, and find many titles that I would miss
otherwise! The work is calming to me and I look forward to
"When I am mending books I am with friends who also love books.
Furthermore the atmosphere is great. The Library staff is amazing. I
have never seen a group so friendly."
"I think the Library is a wonderful thing — all these books! All
organized! For anyone to read!! Free!! Libraries are an important part
of the community and it's important for me to feel as though I am
supporting, and therefore a part of, my community."
"My mother read to me. I read to my daughter. She now loves to read
and has a great vocabulary. I want to do my part to ensure that the
public Library is there for her daughter."
"It's fun -- the staff is great. I always hear a "thank
you." I am doing something constructive -- have learned a lot about
the workings of our Library. Very professional people."
"The work keeps my little grey cells active and reproducing as we
edge toward the year 2000. The staff is very supportive and I know I
can turn to them whenever the occasion demands."
"The Library needed a technical tutor and am qualified and willing
to help. I am retired and have the time and inclination for worthy
"I want to keep in touch with the latest in Library technology. In
addition, I enjoy working with patrons and helping with their
"I originally volunteered because I liked to read. I continue
because of the friendly, warm people."
"I would like to learn about where everything is in the
"I would otherwise miss my treasure hunt of reference questions.
Since I'm not ready to go back to work, I can volunteer and make my own
hours. Besides, this is an excellent way to keep current with the
"I wanted to make a contribution to the community where I live. I
love books, the Library is convenient, and it's been an ideal volunteer
opportunity for me while I still work full time."