Greensboro Free library volunteers

Greensboro Free library volunteers hold tote bags and bookmarks the received from library trustees. Seated, from left, Mary Metcalf (librarian), Penny Bretschneider, Stephanie Thomson, Jeanne Joslin, Janney Johnston, Lyn Norris-Baker, Jackie Lovett, Lisa Hewett. Standing, John Hewett, Debbie Kasper (assistant librarian), John Miller, Frank Baker, Tim Nisbet, Mike Metcalf, Stew Arnold, Rosann Hickey, Hal Gray, Becky Arnold.

The Greensboro Free Library trustees held a recognition tea last month to honor the library’s many volunteers.

Most volunteers serve on a weekly basis for several hours at a time at the circulation desk, answering questions and checking out books, films, and magazines. Other volunteers help visitors gain access the internet on library computers. AARP volunteers help many people prepare their income-tax returns.

Other volunteers help manage library book sales, keep the computers running and repair the library as needed.

In all, volunteers donate more than 1,700 hours a year to the library.

At the tea, the volunteers received Greensboro Free Library tote bags and bookmarks. The bookmarks state: “The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.”

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