National Volunteer Week 2018
National Volunteer Week is April 15-21. We sat down with John Brun, a volunteer at our Newport Branch, to see what volunteering means to him.
John is 14, a freshman at Newport Central Catholic High School and a big fan of Harry Potter, especially the fifth book, “Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.” Since February 2017, he has been a volunteer with the Children’s Department at our Newport Branch.
Why did you decide to volunteer at the library?
I decided to volunteer at the library because I was there a lot to read and do homework. I wanted to get more involved in my community.
What have you learned from volunteering at the library?
Volunteering has made me more patient and better at public speaking. The Children’s Department staff are very fun. I was a little quiet at first, but I have become more vocal and relaxed by learning from them.
Why is volunteering important?
Volunteering is important because it allows you to know more about the community and what people do. It helps you get a better knowledge of different things.
What are some reasons why you think people should visit their local library?
I would say to experience new things. Some people think that libraries are boring, quiet places. They think of the stereotype of the librarian telling people to be quiet. Once you visit though, you realize that the staff is more animated. The library is a fun place to be.
You can find out more about volunteer opportunities at the library by visiting our jobs/volunteer webpage.