Library Diva's Guide to Volunteering…

{November 26, 2010}   The Magic of Harry Potter

I took today off from work, but when you work at a library, you really don’t take the day off. Call it a Bus Driver’s Holiday but I was passing by doing errands and I just had to run in and get a book. I had wondered what the fuss has been all about with this Harry Potter guy.

The latest Harry Potter movie is out, Hermione got a cute little pixie cut, college sports teams held their quidditch match and are lobbying for it to become a competitive sport and I haven’t read one book and I work at a library.

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, once said, “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” And this is what the Harry Potter Alliance strives to do.

Their mission is “to empower their members to act like the heroes that the love by acting for a better world”. Whatever they are doing must be working, they just received the $250,000 grant from Chase Community Giving to help their Literacy Initiative among other projects.

This Harry Potter guy and his friends must be something else, I’m going to start reading and find out for myself. For those who already have read about him but would like more information on the HPA (Harry Potter Alliance)  I provided  a link to their website so you can check it out yourself. They have Chapters all over the place.

Always keep your eyes open for that special volunteer opportunity that interests you, you never really know where you might find it; and if you haven’t found it~ Good for those that create it!


{November 25, 2009}   Literacy and ESL Volunteers

I manage the volunteers out of the Library Outreach Department. As part of the library outreach into our community, we have Literacy, Programming, Mobile Outreach, Story Telling, Technology Classes and Volunteers. My office is in our Literacy Suite so I have close connection to our Literacy Manager. She does her own thing with her volunteers, but I try and match and connect them to her when I can. A main focus is ESL classes, but recently, she’s been coordinating with our Community Correction Facility with Adult Literacy and one on one tutoring.

Talk about AMAZING! Talk about CHANGING LIVES!  The volunteers that work through her area are increasing and enhancing English skills as well as Reading skills. She also has volunteers who work through Intercambio, a virtual volunteer experience that develops and supports English skills through social networking.

Library volunteering is not just about putting books away my friends. It’s getting out there and making a difference!

Its coming in to the library and working with ESL students with day to day  conversation, helping someone fill out an application, study for a drivers exam and so much more! It’s good stuff! Feel good stuff!

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