Focus on KFL Volunteers
"I’ve always loved reading, so when I retired and moved to Maine, the most logical step was to volunteer in a library. Fortunately, Kennebunk Free Library fit the bill perfectly! I’ve enjoyed working with all the staff and hope to continue volunteering for as long as possible!”
Volunteer Josephine Oliver
If you take a peek into the KFL workroom on Tuesday or Thursday mornings you will see Josephine Oliver, volunteer extraordinaire. Since moving to Kennebunk in 2002, Josephine has been volunteering at the library. Her "job responsibilities” include the processing of new additions to the collection. However, Josephine is known for lending a helping hand to any other task that needs to be completed. She is one of our primary volunteers for the folding, labeling and stuffing of the Annual Appeal campaign letter, the library newsletter and many other special projects. Josephine’s backroom "co-workers” agree her cheerfulness and sense of humor make it a much better day.
The first generation daughter of Lebanese parents, Josephine Zadie grew up in eastern Pennsylvania where she met and married John Oliver. They were married in the Maronite Church during a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Elinor. A graduate of the Churchman’s Business School (Easton, PA), Josephine would later go on to earn her legal-assistant certificate from the local community college. She started her working career straight out of high school at a prominent law firm in Easton, PA. John and Josephine continued to live in Pennsylvania where they raised their family of three wonderful daughters. Josephine continued working at the law firm for over 50 years. She "retired” at least three times but kept returning to work when the firm told her they needed her back. Proof once again of her indispensability!
While living in Pennsylvania, Josephine was locally famous for the extraordinary variety and quantity of Christmas cookies she baked to give away. The recipes have been passed on to her daughters and granddaughters and the tradition still continues – much to the delight of the library staff! Her volunteer activities in Pennsylvania included many years at the Crayola Factory Museum and at the Senior Center in Easton. Widowed after nearly 40 years of marriage, Josephine relocated to Maine to be near two of her daughters, Deborah who lives in Camden and Janet who lives in Kennebunk. An avid traveler, whose jaunts have included an overseas trip to Lebanon as well as frequent day trips throughout New England, Josephine enjoys an annual winter escape to Louisville, Kentucky to spend a few months with her daughter Denise. In total, Josephine has 3 daughters, 7 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, 4 great granddaughters, and 5 grandcats - and she still has time for the Kennebunk Free Library!
Josephine’s volunteer work provides the smooth flow of new books and audios into the collection for our patrons. Her friendly, patient and cheerful personality ensures her place as one of our favorite volunteers. Thank you Josephine for your loyalty, efficiency, perfectionism and generosity. We would be lost without you!
Print the volunteer application and return to the Library. You will be contacted within a week. We appreciate your interest in KFL!
The KFL welcomes the use of volunteers to enhance library service to the community. Volunteers generally provide support services to staff or work on special projects.
Selection and Retention of Volunteers
Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications and the needs of the Library at any given time. Volunteers may be selected by department managers based on a completed volunteer application form and an interview. All adult volunteers over the age of 18 are required to complete and sign the Volunteer Screening Authorization Form prior to beginning their volunteer work. The Library Director and staff shall use their discretion in determining the appropriate use and retention of volunteers.
The Library may use youth volunteers under the age of 18. Parents/guardians of youth volunteers must sign a consent form for their child to perform volunteer service hours at the Library.
The Library accepts volunteers requiring court ordered community service at the discretion of the Library Director. Court ordered community service volunteers are required to be interviewed by the Library Director prior to being accepted for service.
Volunteers will receive training in their assigned duties from a library staff member. Volunteers shall work when adequate supervision is available. Work schedules and specific time commitments will be arranged individually by each volunteer and his or her supervisor.
Approval by the Library Board of Trustees February 23, 2010