Volunteer Spotlight – Lena

Introducing Lena

Lena has volunteered over 288 hours since 2017 and is a huge asset to Vineland Branch. She’s an efficient, accurate shelver, also assisting with merchandising and tidying the children’s area. She is friendly and works well with families during children’s programs and Summer Learning. Most recently, as a virtual volunteer, she has contributed numerous book reviews to the library catalog and many stories to Short Éditions. We’re thankful for Lena’s dedication and all she has given to our community!

A Chat with Lena

My first job... I would always go to the library and check out a lot of books.

My first job... was shelving books (as a volunteer).

My fondest memory... was spending time in this mustard flower field with my sister in Saratoga.

I am most proud of... everything that I have been able to accomplish so far.

My biggest challenge... is getting through high school – I’m taking a lot of classes.

My role model... is my 8th grade English teacher. She was a big inspiration for me and made me excited to read and learn more, to start writing, and make a positive difference.

My community... is very large and diverse, and I would not have met as many people if I had not volunteered at the library.

Libraries are... places where people can meet, learn, read, and participate in activities together. It’s a center where people from all over the community can come and enjoy themselves.

My favorite book, movie, or song... Book is: The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Song is: Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.

If I had a superpower, it would be... shapeshifting.

I volunteer… because it allows me to give back to my community and be able to help a place where I spent nearly all my time growing up. It is very rewarding.

If I weren't volunteering, I'd be… reading more.