Thursday, May 2, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Parent Volunteers are the Best

My elementary school is small with only around 300 students, but our library is still a busy place always in need of some extra help.  Thankfully, I have some of the best parent volunteers ever!
They love to get involved with our book fair and volunteer to make and put up decorations.  They work shifts running the fair and help with cashiering, restock orders, helping shoppers and supervising students.  They help with book preview day, making sure the students are able to record their wish list details including titles, prices and locations.  I even have a mom who's a paleontologist coming to give a presentation for the students to match our book fair theme tomorrow, from 7:00-8:00 pm. Thank you Karen Samonds!

Beyond the book fair, I have regular volunteers that help with our library day.  One mom comes in early on library day and helps me check in and shelve 200-300 books so we're ready.  Another mom works the entire library day with me, checking out books so that I can help find books, make recommendations, or read a story.  Trying to get 20-30 kids to find a book and check out would be impossible without them!  I have two moms who come when they can or sub for regular volunteers. Thank you Melissa Smith, Cherie Hiland, Deanna Wray and Karen Weckerly!

And these fabulous volunteers are looking at planning a great future for our library too!  Karen Weckerly has written several grant requests for new shelving for our collection.  Melissa Smith has co-written a grant request for more money for non-fiction books.  And everyone is looking at their summer calendars to take out our old shelves and set up the new.  They'll be helping me pack up the books and unpack them.  

Beyond this core group, I have regular book fair volunteers and parents who show up when they can, parents who bring treats and prizes.  I am so thankful for you all, your help, and your love of children and reading!  Your volunteering not only helps our North Star Library, and students, but shows these students the importance of books and reading to you and for them!

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