Hello Library E-list Subscriber!
As I sat down to write this, I was remembering the words of Count Greffi
in A Farewell to Arms: “If
you ever live to be as old as I am you will find many things strange.”
At 94, Count Greffi was a little older than I am, so I’m curious about
how many more things might get stranger. As it stands, I find it mighty odd that
we’re already a month away from the end of the year. It would be great
to find something pithy to say about the peculiar way that time moves, but all
I can think of is this: Time flies when you’re having fun.
Luckily, the idea of “fun” is related to the purpose of
this email. I’d like to thank you for your interest in the MVHS library
and invite you to help out next year. I plan to hold a library volunteer “orientation”
on the Thursday afternoon before classes start in the fall (August 16th)
to talk about volunteering options and particulars for the 2007—2008
In short, volunteers are a tremendous help with our collection and
services. Volunteer schedules and options are flexible, but some of the most
helpful work is also the most consistent and the least glamorous. Our most
committed library-parent volunteer over the past several years, Karin
Schneider, helped us put together the following list of potential volunteer
This is a brief overview of the tasks we most commonly need adult help
*Covering books –
new ones as they arrive and older ones as needed. This prolongs the life and
improves the appearance of our books. We receive books throughout the year, so
there is never a shortage of covering to do.
*Shelf reading – reading
the call numbers on the book spines to ensure that the books are in precisely
the right order.
*Shelving. Although we
have TA’s assist with shelving, we’ve noticed a dramatic difference
when adults help.
*Weeding – using
standard criteria to remove old, inaccurate, damaged, ugly, and/or outdated
books. Weeding improves access, relieves overcrowding, assures a quality
collection, and makes the library more appealing and useful. This is an
enormous, never-ending project.
These are other volunteer jobs:
*Researching for new books.
*Cleaning – mostly
dusting and cleaning book tops.
*Organizing book displays
– selecting books for displays that change weekly or monthly (e.g. for
poetry month, “read-alikes,” banned books week, teen read week, new
*Organizing other displays – teen read week displays,
student work, book recommendations, etc.
*Surveying students and collating
data. We survey the students every year to maintain and improve
Planning. Our surveys over the past couple of years suggest that
we could use more and/or different furniture. We’ve also considered a
sound system. We have a budget for this, but we could use help with ordering
I’ll discuss these jobs in more detail in the fall. If you have
any questions or feedback, please feel free to send me an email at benjamin.lundholm (at) MVLA.
Thanks for your time and have a lovely summer.