During World War II, more than a thousand women pilots flew difficult and often hazardous missions for the United States Air Force. Known as the WASPs, they were the first female pilots in American military history. Disbanded before war’s end for political reasons, they were forgotten for decades until Congress officially recognized their service and bestowed full military benefits in 1978.
Join us at West Slope Community Library at 6:15pm on Wednesday, June 25 to hear author and speaker Sig Unander tell the fascinating story of this distinctive organization.
Unander will present profiles of individual WASPs, including Portland’s remarkable Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American woman pilot, who died completing a dangerous fighter plane ferry mission. Unander will also present rare period photographs.
This program is free and open to the public. No registration required.
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 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!