National Volunteer Week (April 21st - 27th this year) puts the spotlight on people who invest in their community the hard way: with their time, their energy, and their front-line, boots-on-the-ground, day-after-day caring.
Boots may be optional here at the San Juan Island Library, but we are the proud & grateful recipients of approximately 300 volunteer-hours each month. We are particularly inspired by the dedication of our longer-term volunteers—those who have been with us for 5, 10, even 20 years & more. One of our stalwart supporters is celebrating 35 years volunteering with us this! Commitments like that, week after week, bespeak a selfless investment in the continued growth & vitality of our library, our community, our island. And how much richer we all are for it.
Next time you visit the library, take a look around. Who is that friendly face you see at the Friends of the Library’s Treasure Cove? It’s a volunteer. Who shelved that book you found so easily in the neatly-kept stacks? It was a volunteer. Who put the jacket and the labels on that brand-new bestseller you’re borrowing? It was a volunteer. Who mended the spine of last year’s bestseller (and I bet you didn’t even notice the repairs)? It was a volunteer. Who fixed the door, assembled the new chairs, and hung the banner? It was a volunteer. Who keeps our jam-packed English classes going, twice a week? A whole team of volunteers, that’s who.
We couldn’t do it without them—and it certainly wouldn’t be as much fun. So this week, thank a library volunteer. Or, better yet: don your boots and become one!
San Juan Island Library
1010 Guard Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250