A Volunteer’s Perspective

By Ariene G. 

As I listened to Mozart’s Symphony #40, I realized that the library is like a musical theme repeated throughout my life. It began when I was a little girl, at my local Chicago library, and I eagerly joined the summer reading group. Fast forward to Penn. State University, where I was a student and a clerk in the college library. And on to the Bronx, New York, where I so enjoyed working at the children’s library near N.Y.U. uptown , where my husband was a graduate assistant in meteorology. When my children were in school, I volunteered in their school library, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. And all these years, I loved books and taught my children to treasure and collect books.The years passed until I lost my beloved husband and felt very much adrift. I thought, “What would make me happy?” So a year later, I found myself in the library director’s office at Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven, Connecticut.
I asked Mr. Bruce George if he could use a volunteer. He graciously accepted me and gave me a chance to become involved. I became active in “Friends of the Library” and truly found a place where I belonged. And to add to this, my daughter Laura was recently chosen to be on the Board
of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown, Connecticut. So this brings my life full circle and somehow brings the music of life home to
the library.

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