Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers play vital roles in helping the Library further its mission of building an educated and vibrant community through access to information and opportunities. Each month we introduce you to and highlight the work of one of these generous individuals.

Meet Linda McShane

After retiring from a 30-year career as a paralegal, volunteering at the library was a no-brainer for Linda McShane.

“I love to read, and when one of my friends suggested that I apply to volunteer at the library, I thought, ‘Why not?’”

Linda has volunteered as an Operations Assistant at Standley Lake Library for nearly four years. She helps with a variety of tasks including shelving library materials, retrieving materials to fulfill patrons’ requests, and shelving “holds.” 

“I get here first thing in the morning before the library even opens to shelve patrons’ holds on the holdshelf. I’ve noticed that a lot of people go straight to the holdshelf when they come to the library so we get that job done before the doors open so we’re out of their way.”

Linda and her husband Jerry moved to Arvada from Storm Lake, Iowa several years ago to be closer to their only son and his family, who live in Golden. Linda loves the low-key, low-stress vibe at the library, after having worked in the demanding legal profession for so many years.

“Do you know the staff here make it a point of thanking me for my help every time that I’m here? I don’t recall anyone ever thanking me for my help when I worked at the law firm. I like it here a lot – and I’ve met lots of nice people.”

Retirement for Linda has not included any slowing down. In fact, she’s busier than ever with fitness classes at the YMCA, flower gardening, hiking, and kayaking. 

“Jerry is a Volunteer Ranger at the Arvada Reservoir and we take our kayaks out there all the time. We love being outdoors and with the climate here in Colorado, we’re outdoors a lot.”

Linda is also an active participant in a local book club. In fact, she has read more books in the last few years than she read in all of her thirty years prior to retiring.

“That might be the best thing about volunteering in the library – being surrounded by thousands of books and movies and magazines. I take pictures of the covers so I’ll remember to look them up when I get home. And every single shift I work, I find something new that wasn’t there the last time I was in the library. It’s wonderful.”

Indeed. Every day is your birthday when you work at the library!