Youth Volunteer of the Year

photo of Amyby Danielle Schapaugh, Public Relations Coordinator

In 2013, library volunteers donated 2,041 hours of their time, and the library wouldn’t be the same without them. We are fortunate to have the support of these dedicated volunteers, and I would like to take a few moments each month to highlight their contributions.

This month, I would like to introduce you to one of our younger volunteers, Amy, who helps out in the children’s department. Amy has been donating her time for several years now, helping kids register for summer reading, writing nametags and giving out stamps at storytimes, and answering questions. Amy was recently recognized by the K-State School of Leadership Studies as the “Youth Volunteer of the Year.” She was awarded $250 in prize money, which she promptly donated to the library.

One of the many things that impresses me about Amy is her positive attitude. Whenever I pass her in the children’s library, she gives me a giant smile. Amy says it feels wonderful to know she’s really helping, and calls the library “one of the most welcoming places you can ever be.” She is definitely one of the people who makes it welcoming!

Amy will be attending the University of Kansas this fall as an English major. She says that her love of books and reading started when her mother brought her to storytimes as a kid, and she saw all the fun puppets. After Amy earns her BA in English, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library Science, and then become a librarian. We are all very proud of her, but I’m sure we can’t match the pride felt by Amy’s mother, Lori, a professor of Early Childhood Education at K-State, who first introduced Amy to the written word.

We are all incredibly grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm Amy has brought to her work at the library. We wish her all the best as she starts college this fall, and hope she will consider applying at MPL when she earns her degree. If you see Amy working this summer, please take a moment to say thank you.

Teens, if you’re interested in volunteering at the library, check the volunteer section of the Young Adults page at the beginning of the semester. Positions are filled seasonally. Adults can fill out the volunteer application and return it to any public service desk anytime.

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