Friends of the Amador County Library (FACL)
Library Volunteers are Making a Difference
One of the joys of retirement is the chance to get involved in our community. This is especially apparent for the Amador County Library, where retired folks make up the bulk of the volunteer cadre. But working folks are also a vital cog in the volunteer machinery.
Every week dozens of volunteers assist the hard -working full-time staff, helping with literacy tutoring, book repair, children’s story time and a host of other tasks at the main library in Jackson and the four branches in Ione, Plymouth, Pine Grove and Pioneer. Some volunteer a few hours a month, while others spend part of their week working at the library.
Lois Leffingwell (pictured below) spends two or three days a week putting labels, inside pockets and covers on new books and repairing volumes frayed from repeated check-outs. The former nurse first joined the library in 1999 as a tutor in the literacy program, helping adults improve their reading and life skills. After a few years, she began working with the new and needy books, a job that she loves.
“I really enjoy it, ” Lois says. “Working in the library is better than being in a book store. ” In 2010 Lois received the Presidential Volunteer Service Lifetime Award for volunteering more than 4,000 hours.