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 communication skills."
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 changing technology."
"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