Volunteering at the library is a natural fit for Samuel Ernst. “When I was little, my parents allowed me to stay up an extra half hour in the evening if I read,” Ernst shared. “I learned to love books and reading.” He was a Summer Reading Program participant before volunteering at the library at age 12. “I have volunteered every summer, going on eight years now,” he said. “My summers would not be the same without it.”
Ernst has been tasked with everything from program setup, take-down, and activity planning, to offering his feedback on the library’s many programs. He is also a key leader and one of the original members of the Millard Branch Teen Advisory Board.
Volunteering has rewarded Ernst handsomely. He said he has acquired valuable leadership, delegation and people skills. He’s also made many friends and had great experiences. “My memories of volunteering at the library are some of my favorites.” Though now a busy college student, Ernst still helps at Millard Branch whenever they need him.
Over the years he has garnered high praise from the Millard Branch staff, including youth services librarian Paul Christopherson. “He has great character and he is very, very respectful of others, and a great listener. He is the best they come.”