Judie R. remembers going to the library as a young girl in Fort Collins. Her favorite part was the Summer Reading contest, and she admits that she was in it for the cool prizes. Now her library prize is a bit different, but equally fulfilling.
Judie and her husband, Bob, moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado about three years ago when they retired to be closer to family and enjoy our beautiful state. They’ve been volunteering for Jeffco Library ever since. Sometimes they help out in the Children’s area; other times you’ll find them at the semi-annual Whale Sale events. But it’s delivering materials to our homebound patrons that means the most. For homebound patrons and those living in assisted living facilities, the lifeline to the library is vital. It’s not only for the library materials; it’s the human interaction too.
“We may be the only people they see all day,” says Judie. “We are happy to spend as much time as our patrons need, just chatting. It’s all about making the connection.”
They don’t just drop off and pick up. These dedicated volunteers have made friends with their charges and make notes about what these patrons are interested in. This helps JCPL recommend the right materials for the next visit.
When asked why they volunteer, Judie and Bob shared that it’s an easy commitment. It’s something they can do together about once a month an only for an hour or so. When asked why they always volunteer as a team, they quickly responded, “Books are heavy!”
Bob and Judie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. That’s a heck of a commitment and we congratulate them. Suffice it to say, these are the kind of people we’re proud to have on our volunteer staff.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, visit jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer.