Volunteer Spotlight – Marvin McCrary

Introducing Marvin McCrary

Marvin is the coordinator for one of our Virtual ELL (English Language Learner) Conversation Clubs. Every week he finds an article and uses appropriate teaching materials. He prompts adult language learners to read and discuss the article and does a great job of explaining the meaning of words and keeps the conversation going. As a virtual volunteer he has risen to the challenge of using new technologies and attracting new students. His dedication thoroughly enriches his community.

Submitted by Librarian, Robert Donahue from the Santa Teresa Branch Library

A Chat with Marvin

As a child... I enjoyed reading, and as a result, I had a very curious imagination. I would often go off on adventures and explore hidden places with my older siblings.

My first job... was during high school when I was working a clerical position with State Farm Insurance.

My fondest memory... was when I held my niece for the first time.

I am most proud of... the work I am able to do with the community through the library. I think it is a great opportunity to give back to others.

My biggest challenge... finding enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do!

My role model... Mr. Fred Rogers.

My community... is very special to me.

Libraries are... many more things than places to get books. I have observed them become community hubs, workspaces, classrooms, town halls, and other venues. The future for libraries is very bright.

My favorite book is... Harry Potter.

If I had a superpower, it would be... the ability to fly.

I volunteer... because I love my community and I enjoy helping others.

If I weren't volunteering, I'd be... looking for a way to volunteer, as my life has been all the better for it.