Featured Volunteer - July 2019
President, Friends of the Library
How long have you been volunteering at the library?
Kathy Sleeger (KS): 20 years! I began with researching donated books and managing the books on sale in the lobby. Now, I am the President of the Friends of the Tigard Library, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and expanding the services that the library provides to our community. I help organize and manage the sale of books in several ways and the proceeds are given to the library to support programs, projects and materials.
What do you like about your volunteer time and position here at the library?
KS: It makes me feel good being appreciated, welcomed, and thanked by the staff. I feel like I accomplish a lot when I’m here—I’m a visual person and can see the difference that I made during my volunteer time. I enjoy working with and meeting new volunteers. I want to support the library and the community, and I am incredibly satisfied about volunteering in a way that is consistent with my principles and beliefs.
What made you want to volunteer for the library?
KS: When my son was in school, I encouraged him to volunteer. He chose the library and after starting, suggested that I volunteer, too. I’d been thinking of volunteering somewhere but hadn’t yet taken the initiative, so I agreed and signed up. I’m still thanking him, because I’ve been enjoying it now for over 20 years.
What hobbies do you most enjoy outside the library?
KS: I enjoy spending time with our grandkids and dogs. Also like to cook, be outdoors, and create a variety of things with my hands. I’m so thankful to have the time, ability, and opportunity for all.
Do you have a book that you read recently and that you’d recommend?
KS: Yes! Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. It’s a historical novel that involves two women who seem to have nothing in common. As you read about each other’s pasts, you can understand the many ways they are alike. I sympathize with their pasts and admire them for the endurance and the women they become.
Featured Volunteer - March 2019
How long have you volunteered with the Library? I started volunteering at the library right after I retired in 2010. I looked at the many volunteer opportunities and was immediately drawn to pulling holds for patrons because it’s like a big treasure hunt and you’re really helping people out.
What's your favorite book of 2019? I tend to reread books I thoroughly enjoy, so to start off the new year, I picked up Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods.” It’s funny, it appeals to my outdoorsy side and yet it has a very heartwarming theme behind it.
What's one thing people don't know about the library that they won't find on the Library's website? It’s a wonderful place to read with your children. There are books from so many levels to chose from and the juvenile room has some really comfy chairs where you can curl up and explore a new one together. I see parents and grandparents do it all the time.
What's your most memorable volunteer experience? As well as pulling holds, I also teach Word and Excel classes (I originally went to college to be a high school math teacher, so it’s perfect for me). When you see that light go on and a person learns something they never thought they would, it’s priceless. One woman just uttered “Winner winner chicken dinner” and I had to smile.
If you had to write a book title that describes your life, what would it be? I think I’d have to borrow a popular Beatles song title and call it “The Long and Winding Road.”
What keeps you volunteering? The desire to help other people. From finding their hold, checking the catalog for a book or movie or going in the back to get a book that just came in, to giving a person skills they can put on a resume to get a job, it’s all about making people’s day just a little bit better.