Thanks to technology guru and newly minted Digital Services Librarian, Michael Gorzka, the Volunteers now have a blog! I envision that we use this space to discuss volunteer opportunities, introduce members of our volunteer community, talk about special events and highlight all the fun we have!
First things first, I should introduce myself! I am Jessica Flaherty, the new Volunteer Coordinator. I started at Curtis in June after former Coordinator, Pamela Bobker, started a new adventure as the Cornerstones of Science librarian. I am eternally grateful that Pamela is still around to offer her guidance and experience. I couldn’t have managed the past couple months without her.
I grew up in Brunswick, Maine, so being here at Curtis feels familiar. Like coming home. I completed my Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College and continued my education at the University of Maine School of Law. After several years of practicing, I discovered that being a traditional lawyer was not something I wanted to continue in the long term. Back to the drawing board!
I soon discovered that all the positions that interested me required a certain skill set that I just didn’t have. In order to develop those skills, I began pursuing a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. I adore the non-profit realm and truly believe I have found my calling. I jumped at the opportunity to join the Curtis Memorial Library team. The summer has been a whirlwind, what with the Book Sale, meeting all the regular volunteers and learning how the volunteers keep this place going!
When I am not here, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Stewart, who is the head Men’s Soccer Coach at Bates College. I am active in my local Lewiston community and enjoy volunteering at the Lewiston Public Library with my therapy dog, Graeme.
There is a lot going on at the library this fall, so there are a lot of ways to get involved! We are currently looking for volunteers to join us during the day, either between 10am and 12pm as well as betwee 1pm and 3pm, to help us sticker and move books for the new Neighborhoods. Click here to sign up! This project will continue through August. Also, make your calendars -November will be a busy volunteer month. The first Saturday is the Fall Clean Up and the second Saturday is the Children’s Book Sale!
Thank you all for welcoming me so warmly into the Curtis Community and I look forward to this fall!
Together in service, Jessica