Volunteer Spotlight – Steve Kline

Introducing Steve Kline

Steve Kline, President of the Friends Group for Bascom Branch Library, has not let the library’s closure slow down his volunteer efforts. Some of his projects involve working on providing library resources to laundromats and residents of the Evans Lane Housing project. Steve also participated as Bascom Branch Library’s “Virtual Santa”, which was a big success. He also participates on the community advisory committee for Bascom’s warming center; additionally, Steve serves as a board member for the San José Public Library Foundation. Steve brings a lot of passion and knowledge to San José

A Chat with Steve

My first job... a sous-chef (not what I was called, but later learned to name that role) at Submarine Sandwich Shop at age 16.

My fondest memory... my wedding day to my late husband, Layne on October 25, 2008.

I am most proud of... getting the Bascom Library Community Center opened after years of letting it sit idle and vacant.

My biggest challenge... over scheduling and saying yes to requests for assistance.

My role model... are Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy.

My community... Our community needs to expand racial justice, and equity for those who need an opportunity to succeed.

Libraries are... an important, essential, and necessary resource for a viable society and community.

My favorite book, movie, or song... My favorite book, is Dag Hammerskjold’s Markings. Favorite movie is Animal House. Song is "Impossible Dream".

If I had a superpower, it would be... to stop the COVID virus and many other diseases including but not limited to diabetes and cancer.

I volunteer… because giving back to the community is the responsibility of every citizen of the world.

If I weren't volunteering, I'd be… I'd be thinking about these questions.