Volunteers, the lifeblood of libraries

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any library. In 2016 we had over 1,400 hours of volunteer work done at the library.  Using the Independent Sector’s Estimated Value of Volunteer Time this time is calculated to be worth almost $33,000.  

We have three volunteers that come in weekly to help shelve books, inventory, check material in and out, and get new materials ready for the public.  These three women make it possible for the librarian to have time to run errands, work on reports and grants, and plan events. Our Storytime program is entirely volunteer-driven and we could not handle the crowds that we have for our summer reading program without or high school volunteers.  Our Board of Trustees and Friends of the library are also all volunteers.  The Board of Trustees works largely behind the scenes to ensure that the library is working towards the good of the community and that we are doing the best with our resources.  The Friends of the Library is instrumental to fundraising and outreach for the library. 

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