Making Connections at My Local Library
She had never touched a computer— now that she learned how to access e-mail and Facebook at the library, she has reconnected with her sister and nieces.
A letter from a Library Director
We have several volunteers for whom working with us has changed their lives. Volunteering is a way people who are lonely have a chance to connect. In part because we are a small library, the volunteers enjoy chatting with us as they are shelving books. They also become friendly with our regular library users who place reserves. About a year ago, a very solemn woman started to volunteer at our library for a few afternoons a week. As a disabled woman with a difficult life story, she has come to rely on us for much of her socialization. She had never touched a computer, but one of our library assistants taught her about email and Facebook. Now she has reconnected with her sister and nieces! She is a much happier and more positive person since she has been a volunteer at our library.Â Though shy, she is increasingly willing to come ‘out of her shell’ and even smiles now and then. Clearly, the library has made a big difference in the life of this woman who has now found a great place to connect!
~ Library Director of one of the public libraries in Lancaster County