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Featured Volunteer - March 2019
Dan Kesler

Library Volunteer Dan KeslerHow 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.

Katie Nelson
Volunteer Coordinator 
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