Volunteers Share Their Library Love Stories – And Their Time

By Jessica L.

The best part of my job is hearing what people love about the library! As the Volunteer Coordinator at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, I have interviewed over 200 volunteers in the past two years. One question I always ask is “What attracted you to volunteering at the library?” I love to hear the diverse answers our volunteers give. They want to give back to their community. They want to connect with others. They love the library and want to support its success. They love books. They remember coming to this library as a child. They love coming here with their kids. And on, and on, and on…

What I love most about these answers is that people “get it.” They know what a library is. They know the value we bring to a community. They understand the importance of literacy and life-long learning. Many of them have a connection to a library – maybe this one or maybe the one they grew up in.

They don’t need me to explain who we are or what we stand for. They know. And they are on-board. I’m just lucky enough to hear their stories and find the right way to channel their support of the library into the right volunteer opportunity for them!

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