By Rebecca Hardin, Volunteer Coordinator
October 19, 20202
What's not to love? At Lewiston City Library, we have a variety of Lewiston residents who donate their time and talents for the benefit of the library and its patrons. They bring inspiration, enthusiasm, and diversity to our spaces. From the students who come in annually to clean up our historic building to story time guests to weekly regulars who pull hold requests, our volunteers give us hope and help. They make a difference in our community and are a consistent reminder that selflessness impacts our world. Helping us reach our potential as an institution of lifelong learning, volunteers are an invaluable asset to the library.
In the past year, volunteers contributed more than two thousand hours to the library’s mission. They delivered almost three thousand items to home-bound patrons, served on committees, tutored patrons in basic information literacy skills, assisted folks with genealogy inquiries, assembled crafts for youth services, mended and labeled books, facilitated Dungeons & Dragons encounters, presented lectures, pulled holds, and shelved materials.
From a single afternoon of assembling a doll house to a decades-long commitment to managing donations, from making pancakes to painting faces, volunteers are valued for their generosity of spirit and willingness to share their talents. They make us smile, encourage us, and enrich our community.
Although we have slowed down on programming since March, which has limited some volunteer opportunities, they are still active in other areas such as circulation, youth services, and technical services. We’re so grateful for their tenacity and commitment. We consider our pool of volunteers not just assets, but more importantly fellow community members with which we collaborate and learn. This mutually beneficial relationship increases the capacity of the library and offers opportunities for development and growth for all of us. The community achieves its best with volunteers and we appreciate ours!
For more information on how to volunteer at the Lewiston City Library, visit our Volunteer Page.