We’re appreciative of all of our volunteers, but especially the teens. It shows great spirit and an investment in our community when young folks get involved. Malaya, age 14, has been volunteering for the past few months at the Nelsonville Public Library, helping with everything from shelving to storytime crafts.
Malaya is lifelong resident of Athens County and a big fan of books. In fact, helping out at “a place that gives out books for free” is the most satisfying part of volunteering for her. But, she also enjoys assisting the children’s librarian, Mary, with storytimes. She remembers one specific day when the theme was ponds. “The floor was a pond,” she says, “and we gave the kids some frogs and they jumped everywhere! They really enjoyed it and I did too.”
“Malaya is a wonderful helper,” says Mary. “She comes in whenever she can to help with whatever is needed. She is especially great with children’s programs. She has many talents and skills, and she has good rapport with the kids; she helps them with projects, plays with them and helps read books for two voices. We miss her when she is away!”
Malaya also enjoys drawing. Earlier this year, one of her designs was chosen to be turned into a banner to hang in uptown Athens. Next time you’re standing on the corner of Court and Union, look up!