The Kingwood Branch Library honored volunteers with a luncheon at the library on March 30, hosted by the Friends of the Library Kingwood (FOLK). Representing the Harris County Public Library were Edward Melton, the new director of the county library, and Bruce Farrar, head of circulation.
Melton expressed his appreciation for the Friends group and all the library volunteers who do many of the tasks that the employees do not have time to do. They work in the library itself processing new books, pulling holds, shelving returned items, mending damaged items, shredding documents and more.
“The volunteers are a vital part of the library’s service,” said Kingwood Branch Librarian Christi Whittington. “These volunteers perform various types of service to the library and ultimately the community. The next time you meet a library volunteer, please thank them for the service they provide to Kingwood.”
During the past year library volunteers have shelved 60,000 books, processed 30,000 requests, mended over 200 books and processed 3500 books that must be discarded due to poor condition. Over 14,000 people entered the library this past year, so it is a busy place.
Also honored were those who teach English as a Second Language classes for people with varying levels of English proficiency. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers were thanked for their work in filing personal tax returns at no charge for taxpayers with low and moderate incomes.
Many volunteers work in the FOLK used bookstore and online book sales center. Roger Whitney, FOLK treasurer, announced that the Friends of the Library have budgeted $104,000 this year to give back to the Kingwood Branch Library to purchase items the county cannot provide, such as digital media, magazine subscriptions and continuing education for library employees so that more of them can attend major library conferences.
Other organizations that provide volunteers are the Kingwood Woman’s Club, National Charity League and the Kingwood Garden Club. Garden club members teach gardening classes and maintain the outdoor garden at the library. Other volunteers present computer and photography classes.
Edward Melton, director of the Harris County Public Library, expresses his appreciation for all the volunteers at the Kingwood Branch Library.
The Kingwood Branch Library honored all its volunteers at a luncheon hosted by the Friends of the Library Kingwood (FOLK).