Library Diva's Guide to Volunteering…

{December 4, 2009}   Sunny Skies Ahead…

I met the cutest retired couple this week wanting to volunteer. I wanted to adopt them they were so adorable. I got a phone call last week about the status of the wife’s volunteer application. We set the interview and chitty chatted about opportunities and interests. When I went to meet her this week, her husband was with her and he also was interested in volunteering.

They wanted to come together, but had different interests. They do Meals on Wheels delivery on Tuesdays but wanted to come the other 3 Tuesdays of the month. We went through the front and back of the application-line by line. I was glad I had blocked out a 2 hour span for the interview, tour and orientation.

Just through talking and chatting, I found out that she was a retired preschool teacher and he was a retired meterologist-and surprisingly, when I didn’t think they could, they became even more adorable. He would start going on about weather, she about her interests, they would wait patiently for each other to finish their stories, and then delve into another.

I’d steer back to the handbook and policies and procedures, a cell phone rang and it was their daughter. I sat back and said they could take the call. It was about their granddaughter’s Christmas present. While she was on the phone, he regaled me in stories about weather. Did you know they hung a weatherman in South America for getting a forecast wrong? He obviously loved weather and she obviously loved children.

As I sat patiently listening to a weather story in one ear  and overhearing how hard it was to find a specific Dora toy in the other, the wheels of my brain began to turn. How awesome would it be to have her read a story regarding weather..maybe “Pecos Bill” and then have him talk about weather to the kids and parents during a story time? There are flurries of stories out there to read about weather, and after 40 years in the weather business, flurries of stories for him to share.

I think “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” will be our first event. I’m forecasting a very successful program!


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