For the past few years, the library has been fortunate to have student volunteers (and staff) from Wright State University’s Service Learning and Civic Engagement Office. Last year they spruced up the Wells Library’s community garden; two years ago they helped re-set the Glouster Library; and, the year before that, they helped re-arrange the entire Athens Library adult collection (no small feat!).
Future teachers Jenna and Rachel with Lauren, ACPL library director, and Maureen Barry, Wright State’s Service Learning Librarian.
Volunteers spend the week housed as Good Works and branch out from there to work in all corners of the county. This year, the library used the extra hands to do some long-overdue clearing out at the main library in Nelsonville. With three floors, it’s easy to just keep pushing stuff farther back into the corners of the basement. We recycled an amazing amount and simply pitched the rest. From broken chairs to treasures, the piles were astonishing.
We also found a semi-rare salt-glazed brick that, according to the history of Nelsonville’s kilns, was used primarily in slaughterhouses:
The relationship we have with Wright State has been very fruitful and meaningful. We hope it continues well into the future!