Volunteer Spotlight - Cindy Smith

Cindy Smith smiles. A book display is behind her.

Introducing Cindy Smith

In her first-year volunteering for the Alviso Branch Library, Cindy Smith’s enthusiasm for the library and the Friends of the Alviso Branch has consistently shown through. She selflessly stepped up when asked to serve as the President of the Alviso Friends. Additionally, she initiated and continues to co-lead the monthly Alviso Book Club. Cindy’s commitment to improving the Friends’ processes, outreaching at local events and striving to benefit the library is always greatly appreciated! 

Submitted by Librarian, Shirley Tanase from the Alviso Branch Library

A Chat with Cindy

As a child... I read by the time I was 5.

My first job... was as a reader for a blind insurance man.

My fondest memory... was a trip to Medocino with my son when he was 4 years old. We put sand in the back of my small pickup to fill in the ridges, pulled over to the side of the road, and slept in sleeping bags.

I am most proud of... going back to college and starting a career in microbiology at 36.

My biggest challenge... is algebra and first semester chemistry--my husband helped me through. After that, I got the hang of it.

My role model... my mother, a kind and generous person. I don't always succeed, but I try to remember her lessons.

My community... I live on River Oaks Pkwy, and the community here is growing so fast! Luckily, we are going to get a school soon. I love the Alviso community and the library there because it reminds me of the quieter atmosphere of the town I grew up in (pop. 5000).

Libraries are... a special asset to a community. It is wonderful that there are branches like Alviso, so everyone can be near a library.

My favorite book is... "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtney, followed by "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver and "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.

I volunteer because... it's a way to help others and I like to keep busy in retirement.

If I wasn't volunteering... I'd be... reading, writing, sewing and gardening more.

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