Library Advisory Board Opening

Patron at bookshelfThe West Slope Community Library Advisory Board has an open position and is seeking applicants. Public participation is important, and individuals interested in participating in West Slope Library’s development are welcome to apply.

The Advisory Board is comprised of five registered users of West Slope Community Library. Board members are appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. All members represent the geographical area around West Slope Community Library (Raleigh Hills and West Slope).

Meetings: 6 times a year, the third Thursday of the month
Term: 3 years
Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
Closing date: Until filled

Purpose and Duties
Duties of the WSCL Advisory Board include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist the West Slope Community Library Manager and WCCLS Manager in preparing a plan with goals, objectives, priorities, performance measures, and evaluation procedures regarding library operations, programs, and budgets, and to participate in the drafting and continual review of the plan.
  • Review the Library’s mission and recommend Library and Board goals on an annual basis.
  • Recommend programs and services the Library should provide to address the needs of the community.
  • Learn about the library and its services in order to serve as a conduit to the community.

Board members should have an understanding of and support for the basic tenets of public library service, including the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement.

To Apply
If interested, please apply online or come into the library to pick up an application. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Washington County posts all board and commission vacancies online.

Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Cady

Meet Bob Cady, one of West Slope Library’s amazing volunteers who give of their time and energy without asking for anything in return.

Bob CadyBob began his career as an Officer in the Navy and then moved into human resources, working for a number of major corporations. In his working life and his personal life, Bob has always lived by the rule imparted to him by his own father: “Finish what you start.” Although he has moved around a lot, he has managed to create a sense of community and belonging for himself, his family, and his neighbors in each city because of his kindness and warmth.

Bob considers himself a family man. He and his wife Jean raised two Eagle Scouts (quite an accomplishment when your family must frequently move from city to city!) who have grown into lifelong learners themselves. He stays connected with his family, helping his two sons with their businesses and caring for his grandchildren, who are the center of his life.

Even after retiring, Bob maintains a busy life, spending time with his grandchildren and keeping up on all his hobbies, like woodworking, skiing, biking, radio controlled models, and HAM radio operation. And, of course, he makes time to volunteer!

Bob helps check in and shelve materials, and he also works as a library tech volunteer, helping people learn how to use their digital devices and download ebooks. He loves gadgets and he loves working alongside people following his personal rule to see the task through to completion. The people who learn from him love his warmth and sympathetic approach. When asked why he chose to volunteer at the library, Bob says it’s his way to return the favor for all the benefits his kids and grandkids have received from the library.

The library is so fortunate to have volunteers like Bob who are willing to share their talents and their energy with others. This spirit of volunteerism is what makes the library such a welcoming place of opportunity for everyone in the community.

Interested in volunteering? Let us know!

Volunteer Spotlight: David Le

Meet David Le, one of our truly great library volunteers. Quiet and hardworking, David arrives at West Slope Library every Saturday morning ready to sort book carts, shelve materials, tidy the shelves, and label DVD’s. When asked to help with special programs, like our annual kid’s craft fair, David has shown up ready to help, guiding kids through projects and cracking jokes.

David Le, Library VolunteerDavid began volunteering in 7th grade and will be entering his junior year at Sunset High School this fall.

When we break down his four years of service by the numbers, you get a true sense of the enormous impact he has made at the library:

Saturdays worked: 175
Service hours completed: 350
Library carts sorted and pushed: 525+
Items shelved: 76,000+
DVD’s labeled: 200+

And David continues to add to these impressive totals every week!

When asked what he has gained from this experience, David mentions good work habits for future job searches, references from library staff, and the fulfillment of knowing he is using his time for something good. He recommends that other young people try volunteering in their communities.

His plans for the future include graduating from high school with a 4.0 GPA, studying engineering or medicine in college, participating in Key Club, and continuing to volunteer at his local library!