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Volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library

by Anna Sewell on February 12th, 2014

Volunteer Program LogoIt is a privilege to be able to observe the willingness of our patrons to dedicate their time and energy to make a difference in the community and in Library operations.  For over 30 years volunteers have been a valued resource.  We love our volunteers!

The Library is always accepting volunteer applications.  Our needs vary throughout the year, but right now we are specifically looking for volunteers to help check in Library materials, work at The Book End used bookstore, and assist with the Library’s CoderDojo program.  We also always have openings for volunteers to straighten shelves and help clean audiovisual collections.

Young Adults (Grade 7 and up) and Adults are eligible to participate in the Volunteer Program.  Please follow this link for more information about ICPL’s Volunteer Program and for a volunteer application:  http://www.icpl.org/work/.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application so we can see if there are any volunteer positions that work with your availability.  Return all applications to Volunteer Assistant, 123 S. Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240.

ICPL partners with Iowa City Hospice to bring books, conversation to area residents

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 9th, 2014

Diana Durham’s years as an elementary teacher serve her well in her retirement.IC hospice

“As a schoolteacher, you learn to perform,” Durham says. “You have to like it.”

Durham liked it so much; she joined the Iowa City Hospice Singers. The singers are a group of volunteers who make visits to area nursing homes for monthly sing-alongs. It was through this program that Durham learned of another volunteer opportunity: The Iowa City Hospice Reading Program.

For more than four years, the Iowa City Public Library has partnered with Iowa City Hospice to offer monthly reading programs at area retirement and residential care centers. The Library provides the reading materials and supplemental information to assist reading program volunteers with their programs and discussions.

“When the program first began, the Library would select books for the volunteers,” says Sarah Neary, Iowa City Hospice’s volunteer program coordinator.

Every group was reading the same book at the same time, with outlines and reading discussion questions provided by the Library. The program has evolved over the years, though, to adapt to the needs and wants of the residents it serves.

“We’ve decided the program works best with less structure,” says Anna Sewell, the Library’s outreach and volunteer assistant. “Some groups continue to be happy with reading and rereading the stories of growing up in Iowa, such as “Little Heathens” and “Growing Up Country,” while other groups prefer to choose their own material to read and discuss. I stay available to all the groups as a source of information, ideas and resources.”

Neary credits the program, and its volunteers, for providing residents with interpersonal interactions.

“We are dealing with a population that, in general, did not grow up with TV,” Neary says. “These people grew up with stories. They had to entertain themselves. The reading program is more engaging than TV and it reminds them of how they grew up.”

“It’s so rewarding,” Durham adds. “You walk in and see all of these smiles – they’re just so happy to see you. I think I get more out of the program than they do.”

Currently, eight volunteers make up the Iowa City Hospice Reading Program. More facilities are interested in joining the program, but additional volunteers are needed. If you are interested in being a reader, contact Sarah Neary at sarah.neary@iowacityhospice.org.

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ICPL Honors Library Volunteers

by Kyle VanNatter on May 15th, 2013

Volunteer celebrationThe Corridor Business Journal recently reported Iowa was ranked #3 nationally in “Volunteering and Civil Life in America.” More than 910,000 Iowans volunteered more than 99 million hours. Iowa City lead the state in number of hours volunteered, coming in at average of 57.6 hours per volunteer per year.

At the Library, we have first-hand knowledge of our patrons’ willingness to dedicate their time and energy to making a difference in our community and in the Library. To show our gratitude, the Library honored 36 selfless volunteers at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Volunteer of the yearAmong the honorees was Dr. William Pontarelli, this year’s Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Dr. Bill, as he’s affectionately known, has volunteered in the Community & Access Services department, checking in books, since 2004. Dutiful, precise, warm-hearted, informative, and helpful are just a few of the words used to describe our Volunteer of the Year. From offering sage advice and his professional opinion to making everyone he works with feel comfortable and welcome, Dr. Bill has carved a place not only in the Library, but in our hearts.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Pontarelli and all of the Library volunteers!

100 Hour Award
Sarah Burnett
Rachael Carlson
Michael Conlon
Linda Eastman
Philip Fontana
Kirsten Glover
Derek Gomer
Amanda Horn
Sara Kaiser
Eveling Rojas
Ellen Segar
Maggie Winegarden

200 Hour Award
Kelli Andresen
Wai Yin Chan
Mary Jo Dane
Kathy Mitchell
William Moorhead
Debra Pughe
Mary Siegel
Jane Singer

300 Hour Award
Elizabeth Carroll
Jim Davis
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Don Friedman
Candice Gordon
Catherine Morita
Abram Nothnagle
Al Paxton
Julie Spencer

400 Hour Award
Susan Brown
Lori Cochran
Karen Eichler

500 Hour Award
Roberta Holstein

1,000 Hour Award
Chuck Felling

2,000 Hour Award
Helen Baum

2,500 Hour Award
Susanne Humphreys

Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year
Dr. William Pontarelli

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Gloria Lacina

by Brian Visser on February 15th, 2012

Gloria

We asked Gloria Lacina a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

How long have you been volunteering for the Iowa City Public Library?

Over 15 years.

What do you do at the Library?

Check-in books.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?

I wanted to do a service for the community.  I’ve been coming to the Library since I was a little girl.  I remember going to the old, old Library.  I’ve been through a lot of transitions.

What is your favorite part of the collection?

I read an awful lot of fiction, but I also like biographies and history.  I also like classic movies and British period TV series.

What else do you like to do?

I’m a big reader.  I also knit, crotchet and bake.  I try and walk three miles a day when weather permits.

Thank you, Gloria, for all of your time and hard work!
If you’re interested in volunteering, go www.icpl.org/work or come in to the Library and fill out an application.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeanette Carter

by Brian Visser on January 9th, 2012

Jeanette Carter

We asked Jeanette Carter a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:”

How long have you been volunteering for the Iowa City Public Library?

8 years.

What do you do at the Library?

I work at The BookEnd and also index early years of the Press-Citizen.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the Library?

I used to work here, and wanted to continue my connection to the Library.

What is your favorite part of the collection?

Cookbooks and biographies.

What else do you like to do?

I play in the New Horizons Band and the Silver Swing Band.

Thank you, Jeanette, for all of your time and hard work!
If you’re interested in volunteering, go www.icpl.org/work or come in to the Library and fill out an application.

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