Every Tuesday morning, Evelyn Rosser comes to A.V. Sorensen Branchopens a new window to help the staff process materials that accumulate in the book drop when the branch is closed on Sundays and Mondays. “There’s almost always a backlog,” said Rosser. “I soldier on doing the same things every week.”
Rosser, a former physical therapist, teacher and social worker, started volunteering at her local OPL branch after retiring 12 years ago.
“I was thinking about what I could do to contribute and give back, and the public library has always been important in my life,” said Rosser. Volunteering at the branch she’s visited regularly since she moved to Omaha in 1988 was a logical choice.
“Evelyn has volunteered at this branch longer than most current staff have worked here,” said Autumn Hill, A.V. Sorensen Branch manager. “She is here every week during our busiest morning, which would be much more chaotic without her support.”
Rosser says that she enjoys assisting the staff and feels good about supporting her neighborhood library. She also appreciates the work out! “It’s good exercise; you’re up, you’re down, you’re pushing, you’re lifting,” she said.
Her experience volunteering becomes all the more rewarding when she sees a patron light up with excitement when they get a book they’ve been waiting for, or when she finds new books or DVDs for herself to enjoy.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at OPL, visit your neighborhood branch or omahalibrary.org/volunteeropens a new window for more information.