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APRIL 21, 2009
Heartfelt Thanks to Library Volunteers

April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week 2009, a project of the Points of Light Institute, during which volunteers nationwide are honored for the contributions they make to their communities.

At the Library, we employ over 20 volunteers on a regular basis. Some of their activities include assisting with the Born to Read program, Storytime and other children's activities, facilitating writing workshops and book discussions, assisting staff with keeping books in order on the shelves and available for check-out, delivering books to homebound readers, and caring for the Library's indoor plants. In addition, the Library is fortunate to have an active Friends of the Library, a team of volunteers who engage in a wide range of fundraising activities including an annual Monterey House Tour, Chocolate & Wine Tasting benefit, and book sales. The Friends not only raise funds, but they create fun, build community, and are advocates for the Library.

During the summer months, the Library welcomes teen volunteers who earn community service credit and gain job experience assisting with a variety of tasks including support of the annual Summer Reading Program. California History Volunteers assist the Archivist with caring for and making accessible valuable historic resources that preserve our community's memory. Finally, our Library Board of Trustees donate their time and talent to providing leadership in areas of library policy, advocacy, strategic planning, and fund development.

The Library staff takes this opportunity during National Volunteer Week to say a heartfelt "thank you" to each and every one of our volunteers. The Library serves over eleven hundred people on an average day, and provides the community with information, recreation, and resources for life-long learning that inspire, delight and educate. We simply couldn't do it without our wonderful team of volunteers.

posted by Jeanne

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