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Meet Shirlington Volunteers Alexis and Sandi

Supporting Their Community, and Finding New Books

Alexis Cox and Sandi Fox started volunteering at the Shirlington Branch Library in 2006, when it occupied a small temporary space on the lower level of Shirlington Village – which also happened to be the first floor of their office building.

Alexis and SandyWhen we asked them why they enjoy spending their free time at the Library, they said that because Shirlington is a busy branch, they always feel like their volunteer work is needed and appreciated. And Sandi added, “The public library is a vital and wonderful institution – I want to do my part to support it.”

What’s your favorite thing about the library?

Alexis: I love discovering new books and revisiting old favorites. My reading list has grown by leaps and bounds since I’ve been volunteering.
Sandi: Free books of course!!

How did you meet?

We met through our day jobs, working at the PBS NewsHour in Arlington. Alexis is a Reporter/Producer and Sandi is the NewsHour’s one and only Research Librarian.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?

Alexis: I love to read, watch movies, listen to music, visit art museums, and practice yoga.
Sandi: Ride my bike, bake, take walks, and of course read.

Are you Metro DC natives or transplants?

Alexis: I’m a transplant from Chesapeake, Va.
Sandi: Transplant from Michigan.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Alexis: Happy, healthy, and well-traveled.
Sandi: A space veterinarian.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

Alexis: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Sandi: written: Traveler of the Century by Andres Neuman / audio: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?

Alexis: Argo
Sandi: Lincoln


Interested in becoming a Library volunteer? Check out the Current Openings on our Volunteer Page.


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