Posted by: houwr | 06/26/2012

Labor of Love: Library Volunteers, Part 1

Here at the Houston County Public Library System, it is no secret that the summer months are one of our busiest times of the year.  With the Vacation Reading Program in full swing and a calendar of events packed with programs galore, it can be difficult for our staff to keep up with those day-to-day tasks and assignments.  That’s why we are so grateful for community members who graciously donate their time to helping us get through the day and keep up with our books.  It’s these library angels – typically referred to as volunteers – that help us keep our summer sanity!

L-R: Sam Garner, Tina Garner, Kelly Ritchison

First off, I’d like to introduce you to 3 of our volunteers who work as a group at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library.  They are Sam & Tina Garner – who are a son/mom team – and Ms. Kelly Ritchison.  Sam is 21, very friendly and has special needs.  He enjoys volunteering with us because he “loves to look through the books,” especially those by Dr. Seuss! His mom Tina says that Sam is training for the professional world, and the library is a good start: “The library is helping to build Sam’s fine motor skills because the work here is very detail-oriented.  He is learning about relaxed work environments, and the library has been very accommodating.”   Kelly, who regularly works with Sam and helps build his skills at home, is impressed with how far he’s come – “so far, I’m very proud of his progress!”

When these 3 are not volunteering with us, they enjoy bowling, cooking, swimming, and putting in even more volunteer hours at a local food bank.  Tina says that she also enjoys the mystery and fiction genres for casual reading, but “mostly just loves reading to Sam!” 

So far, Tina, Sam and Kelly have been helping us process book deletions in preparation for our upcoming library move and renovation.  They will be volunteering with us through the summer and hope to continue helping us in the fall, after Sam’s school hours. 

If you’d like to become a volunteer at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library or would like more information, contact Mark at (478)923-0128.



  1. Volunteering at the library gives unlimited opportunities for growth. I am so proud of Sam, Tina, and Kelly for their hard work to help the library meet their goals.

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