Honoring our library volunteers

Volunteers are everyday heroes who make a lasting impact on local nonprofits and our community. As Archuleta County organizations join nonprofits around the world in honoring our nation’s volunteers, we remember the words of Minnesota spiritual director Elizabeth Andrew, who said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have more time; they just have more heart.”

That is certainly true of our volunteers, who are very busy people, but still make time for unpaid service to your library. And since this is also National Library Week, we are doubly delighted to honor them. In 2014, we had 20 people who volunteered on a regular basis. They contributed 1,010 hours, almost one-half of a full-time position. This is a huge contribution to a small, rural library with a limited budget.

Volunteers are vital to the operation of your library. They help with shelving and making sure all the books and materials are in their proper place. They help with special events. They help on the circulation desk. They help keep everything clean and spiffy year-round. And they handle myriad other assignments that need doing to help us serve you well.

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This story was posted on April 16, 2015.