Proud to Help Provide Quality Service
Colleen started volunteering at Central Library in 2009, and switched to the Columbia Pike Branch Library after she moved to Alexandria in 2011. She volunteers on Columbia Pike’s 2nd Floor Info Desk, and occasionally in circulation processing delivery, holds or the paging list.
We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself, and why she enjoys spending her free time at the Library:
What makes you continue to volunteer?
I know the library depends on reliable volunteers to provide quality services to the public. If I have the spare time, of course I’m going to offer it to a valuable part of my community – the public library system.
That is so cool. What’s your favorite thing about the library?
I get to meet and help a wide variety of people each week. Some are regular library patrons looking for new services, while others are visiting for the first time and have no idea where to start. Either way, nearly everyone is appreciative of the services we provide and are a joy to serve.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I work for an environmental nonprofit in Northern Virginia. When I’m not sitting at my work desk or the library Information Desk, you can find me hiking, biking, or canoeing around the region.
Are you a Metro DC native, or a transplant?
I am a transplant from Pennsylvania, by way of South Carolina.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A librarian for the National Park Service.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
If you need a literary escape from the hustle and bustle of the Metro DC area, I highly recommend A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
Embarrassingly, I can’t remember any recent movies.
Interested in becoming a Library volunteer? Check out the Current Openings on our Volunteer Page.