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Been to the library lately? See the changes volunteers are bringing

Been to the library lately? See the changes volunteers are bringing. (WEAR-TV)

Been to the library lately? See the changes volunteers are bringing

If you haven't been to your public library lately, you might be surprised at how much things have changed. It's volunteers like Susan Lightfoot who motivate those changes and would love to have you come for a visit.

"I've been using the library for many years. When I retired from many years in health care, I decided the one place I really wanted to volunteer was at the library." And that's exactly where Susan Lightfoot came to volunteer.

Susan can easily tell you that the library is a very different place from even just a few years ago. You'll still find books for every interest but so much more.

Todd Humble is the Director of West Florida Public Libraries, "In addition to books and audio books, movies; not to mention talking books. We are a service of the Library of Congress for talking books for those that are blind and physically handicapped, as well. But, we've expanded into STEAM; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics."

Volunteers like Susan are the reason new programs are always coming on line. They bring the ideas, the extra hands, the spark. STEAM Librarian, Kimberly Ball, says volunteers make things happen, "Volunteers are essential to our STEAM program. To allow access to materials that people otherwise couldn't afford or just don't normally see in their everyday life; like these robots." Susan certainly appreciates the new things coming on line, "The opera, for instance, has come here and done programs for children. So, there are many, many things that go on here that people may not know about."

Across the seven West Florida Public Library locations, there are programs for every age and every interest. There are classes and social gatherings for crocheting, music, quilting, sewing; you name it or start your own group. Kimberly says the doors are wide open, "They bring their passion and their enthusiasm is contagious and that helps bring more people into the library."

Susan chose to volunteer in the adult reference and fiction section. She says it suits her personality well.

Susan Lightfoot, West Florida Public Libraries Volunteer; I have worked in higher profile jobs and what this allows me to do is work behind the scenes. A lot of what I do is taking books that people requested off the shelves and having them downstairs for them to come in and pick them up if they're not able to do that for themselves. I like shelving books as well.

She likes it so much, she's here several hours a day usually five days a week. Susan says, if you haven't been to the library lately, you should check them out and see what you've been missing.

Angels In Our Midst is sponsored by Nemours Children's Specialty Care.

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