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 2010 - 2011

 December 2010: Janet Adams

 volunteer_janet_adams.jpg  Janet started volunteering with the Friends of the Library nearly forty years ago, and was Friends’ treasurer for seven years. In the mid 1980s, Janet took on her current position selecting materials for Outreach patrons. Janet keeps busy with lots of other activities, but “loves hanging out at the library.” She sees volunteering here as her chance to enjoy the library, and likes how it feels to help Outreach patrons.

January: Ted Snyder 


Ted has been volunteering at the library, shelving adult non-fiction and new books for at least a decade. A resident of McMinnville for 15 years, since he retired from being a Professor of Music at Western Oregon University , he continues to support and enjoy music and the arts by donating to Linfield College and attending Linfield Chamber Orchestra Concerts. He enjoys volunteering at McMinnville Public Library because, he says, it’s a “fun, usually easy job […] and there are some wonderful people here.”

February: Jeannie Klein 


 She was a teen volunteer during the Summer Reading Program last summer, and stayed on during the school year to help out in the Children’s Section. Jeannie grew up in McMinnville, and stays busy with school, where she’s taking AP classes. She’s involved in the Environmental Club and International Club, is president of her FFA chapter. Her hobbies include plants, horticulture and flower-arranging. About volunteering in the Children’s section, Jeannie says, “It’s lots of fun! The kids are so cute. I love it!” She likes the feeling of satisfaction she gets from helping people.

March: Gina Foster 


Gina has delivered library materials to homebound patrons for almost 4 years now. But Gina is no stranger to libraries: she began volunteering in libraries in the 1970s. Her volunteer work evolved into a career first as a children’s librarian in a school library, and later as a public library assistant. Her volunteering now, she says, brings her full circle. Retirement allowed her to move closer to her family here in McMinnville.  Gina says she loves the small-town feel of McMinnville – it’s nice to see people she knows around town. “And it’s nice that I can walk everywhere!”
About working in the library she says:
“I enjoy the friendly staff, and the people I call on [when making deliveries].”

April: Linda Horenstein 


Linda has been volunteering at the library, shelving in several sections, for about five years. She moved to McMinnville from Portland, and says “there’s a lot to like about it” – Third Street and the wineries especially (although she admits she complains about the traffic!). When she’s not volunteering with us, Linda helps out at Homeward Bound Pets Thrift Shop and takes care of her pet Yorkie, whom she spoils rotten. She loves to read, so volunteering at the library is a great opportunity to find new books, and she says she enjoys the friendly atmosphere. 

    May: Mac Garden Club


 The Garden Club has been volunteering at the library for several years. If you’ve ever noticed how lovely the indoor plants around the library look, you have the Garden Club to thank! The club meets the third Monday of each month at the Hillside Activity Room. In addition to their regular meetings, they host speakers on different gardening topics and take field trips to nearby nurseries. Members of the club have generously donated their time to making the library’s greenery look great.

Thank you for your green thumbs, Garden Club volunteers!

June: Ginny Upton


She has been the Homebound program check-out volunteer since she retired, over 8 years ago. Before she retired, Ginny was a Kindergarten teacher. Ginny has lived here in Mac for 38 years (in her words, “Forever!”), and says that she loves volunteering at the library – the staff is friendly and helpful, and it’s fun for her to take advantage of the library after her task is complete each week. When she’s not volunteering with us, she loves gardening, especially growing dahlias!
Thank you, Ginny, for your great work!

July: Andre Arce


Andre Arce has been the reference librarians’ go-to technology volunteer for 3 years. While much of his work has been “behind the scenes,” fixing computer problems Mondays when the library is closed to the public, his help is absolutely crucial to the smooth workings of the library. Andre has lived in Dayton all his life, except when he went to Klamath Falls for school. In his spare time, Andre enjoys soccer, snowboarding, and boating. Of his experience volunteering at McMinnville Public Library, he says the library is a “great place with friendly people.” Thank you, Andre, for your wonderful work.

August: Rosemary Mullis


Rosemary has volunteered with us since April 1 of this year, an auspicious day – Rosemary says she was “worried about being tricked” her first day of work! She is currently helping out in the Children’s Room as a Summer Reading Teen Volunteer, helping patrons use the online catalog and find materials. She’s also helped us out by shelving the teen cart on Fridays. Rosemary, who has lived in McMinnville for 12 years, loves to write: she publishes a newspaper with her friends every month, and is working on writing a book. About her experience volunteering here at MPL, she says it’s been wonderful: “everybody’s really friendly. The library’s my favorite place!”

 Thank you, Rosemary, for all your hard work. It’s great to have you on the team!

In Memory: Janice Hudson


Volunteer Janice Hudson passed away
this month.

Janice cared for the plants in the library, and always had a smile for everyone.

She will be missed.

You can read her obituary in the News-Register here.

 October: Ruth Miller


Ruth has been a volunteer at the library since about 1992, almost 20 years! Currently, Ruth handles the processing and shelving of magazines, but over the years she has done a few different volunteering tasks, including book labeling and shelf-reading. About volunteering, Ruth says she enjoys it because it gives her a sense of accomplishment – after volunteering at the library, she feels as though she’s done something worthwhile. Plus, “Everyone working here is wonderful!”

We are fortunate to have a cheerful, enthusiastic and active volunteer like Ruth!

November: Stephanie Boyden

VOM_Stephanie_Boyden.jpg  Stephanie has been volunteering at the library pulling holds since January 2011. She compares her volunteer job to “a treasure hunt… I’m amazed by the volume and variety of books that come in!” She and her husband moved to McMinnville from Central California about 5 years ago. She retired a year and a half ago from working for a California hospital from home. Now that she’s retired, Stephanie enjoys visiting her family here and in California – she has grandchildren here in McMinnville. About volunteering in the library, Stephanie says she enjoys “the people. Everyone’s been so helpful and friendly.”

  December: Germaine Gales


Germaine volunteered at the library for almost 15 years. She started out preparing the magazines, and then got a position as the technical services volunteer typing spine labels and categorizing and labeling all the new books that come into the library.  Over the course of her time at the library, she has seen technologies come and go – she started out typing spine labels on a type-writer and had to adapt to computers. Because she’s a fan of gardening, the Library staff gifted Germaine with two celebration books for the collection: a book about growing tomatoes and one about vertical gardening. Germaine moved from McMinnville to live with her sister in Forest Grove. We are very fortunate to have had a loyal, hard-working and meticulous volunteer like Germaine, and hope that she thrives in her new location.