SDCL's Volunteers of the Year: 2014
Sangita Baxi volunteers approximately two hours per week at the Del Mar branch. Her normal duties include emptying the drop boxes, completing an afternoon paging list and shelving returns. She assists staff with changing the library's outdoor marquee, re-covers books, and assists staff with preparing materials for the branch weekly craft program.
Nancy Dohrer comes into the Ramona Branch Library three days a week, assisting with the paging list, shelving, shelf-reading, emptying and sorting books, and assisting staff with biweekly Wednesday children's crafts. In addition to Nancy's regular three days a week, she volunteers 2-3 hours for special library programs, such as gingerbread house making, Día de los Niños, Star Wars, Halloween, Dr. Seuss' Birthaday, Royal Tea Party, 'Tis the Season Holiday Party, and any other program or task needed by the staff. She makes herself available for library programs even with limited notice.
Takashi Inagaki and Judy Chan
Tak lnagaki and Judy Chan have been volunteering at San Marcos Library since the summer of 2011. They come in on a regular basis and enjoy volunteering as a couple, contributing to the library and community together. they are extremely fast and accurate shelvers; Tak seems to favor shelving children's books and Judy goes for adult fiction and non-fiction. With the second-highest circulating collection in the County, San Marcos frequently needs all hands on deck: whenever they call Tak and Judy for extra help they are there in an instant. They are lots of fun, always cheerful and upbeat, and full of positive energy with a can-do attitude. San Marcos staff all agree that they are lucky Tak and Judy have chosen the library as the place to contribute their talents and time.
Not only does Anne Omsted manage the Friends of the Encinitas Library bookstore, but she was also instrumental in raising funds for the sorting machine that the branch received in March. She has served as Friends President, organizes the luncheon for bookstore volunteers, and has been a Friends member and library supporter for years.
Nicki Smerniotis' commitment to the Spring Valley community is demonstrated through her dedication as a volunteer at the Spring Valley Library. Even with a full-time job, she volunteers at the library four to five days a week, averaging 20 hours per week. Nicki is pursuing her goal of becoming an educator, and tutors elementary school-aged students at the library in order to gain work experience. She has also taken on the responsibility of becoming an active member of the Friends of the Spring Valley Library. With Nicki's new ideas, such as the Valentine's Day Bake Sale and working with the non-profit Vook Project to obtain newer-used books for books sales, the group has flourished. The contributions from Nicki have allowed for the Spring Valley Library to sustain increased levels of service through programs such as free nutritious meals and tutoring. Nicki also assists with library events including two Spring Valley Signature Events; the annual Fiesta for Hispanic Heritage Month and the inaugural Black History Month Celebration.
Nancy Stone is legendary at the Imperial Beach library. She received her first library card at the age of seven. Her mother was also a part time librarian in Imperial Beach back in the 1960s. Nancy's energy and commitment to the library go well beyond the norm. As President of the Imperial Beach Friends of the Library (FOL), she devotes a great amount of her personal time supporting and representing the library. Be it a FOL Book Sale, library community programs, or Family Literacy Nights for the local school district, Nancy is there. Ms. Stone also serves as the Secretary of the Library Friends of San Diego County. She understands the value of libraries and is an advocate in promoting their importance to the community.
For over 16 years, Dick Wayman has been a library supporter and advocate. Mr. Wayman began as a volunteer member of the Friends of the Library at the Ramona Branch Library. His passion for libraries drove him to establish a quarterly meeting of the Library Friends of San Diego County, a group representative of all of the Friends of the Library organizations that volunteer their time in support of County libraries. Mr. Wayman served as the President of this organization for several years and in 2011, with his leadership, the Library Foundation of San Diego was established. The Library Foundation of San Diego is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing lasting financial support for all of the branches of San Diego County Library. In addition, Mr. Wayman demonstrates his commitment to the community by maintaining regular participation in the County's presentation of the Operational Plan and Budget.
There are lots of ways to support San Diego County Library:
- Be a literacy tutor
- Join the Friends of the Library
- Help at any Friends of the Library book stores
- Give time and talent at a branch library
Visit any San Diego County Library to find out more information.