South Windsor library holds volunteer appreciation party

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Volunteers Ryan Brown, Camille Osiemah, Carly Andrulat, Maya Gopal and Samay Govani celebrate the end of the summer reading program with a pizza party. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Volunteers Ryan Brown, Camille Osiemah, Carly Andrulat, Maya Gopal and Samay Govani celebrate the end of the summer reading program with a pizza party. Photos by Lisa Stone.

South Windsor Public Library showed appreciation for all the hard work done by young volunteers over this past summer by throwing them a pizza party on Sept. 25.  Games, pizza, snacks and cake were all part of the celebration.

The volunteers were sixth- and seventh-graders whose duties had included helping younger children with their summer reading and logging their reading projects into the computer, monitoring craft, reading and discovery tables, returning misplaced books from patrons, replacing movies on shelves and straightening up the library in general.

“We are so thankful to all the volunteers,” said librarian Debra Newbury. “We couldn’t have handled all the children’s needs during this summer’s reading programs without their help. They’re a great bunch of kids and they really related well to the younger children who needed help logging in their summer reading hours. I hope to have the same help next summer.”

Three different types of tables were set up at all times during the summer reading program season.  In addition to craft tables and reading tables, discovery tables offered education on native American artifacts as well as projects such as digging through dirt to find worms and other creatures that lived under the dirt.

Summer volunteer Camille Osiemah said she is proud of her involvement with the library.  “I worked at the craft table and the reading table,” said Osiemah. “My favorite was the craft table. There was always something cool to do. The kids seemed to really like it too.”

“I really like working at the discovery table,” said Samay Govoni. “I loved helping the kids find worms under the dirt. That was the coolest. The kids seemed a little scared sometimes, but it was cool.”

According to Newbury, “This past summer, the library was thankful to have 129 volunteers; 83 of them were reading volunteers. They assisted in reading 414 books and logged an amazing 1,356 hours and 30 minutes.  The 30 minutes were extra special because they were on a Saturday. It was harder for the volunteers to be here on Saturday. I am sure they would have rather been at the beach or something.”

Volunteer Carly Andrulat said, “I worked at the craft table three times. It was so much fun. I loved it so much that I didn’t want to do any other tables. All of our parents are so awesome for allowing us to do this. Parents rule!”


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