Volunteer Spotlight: Willow Kelleigh

Solve One Problem, Solve Them AllVolunteer Willow Kelleigh

 

by Sarah Binns

 

Willow Kelleigh is one of those people who gives you hope about the state of the world. Although she is a freshman at Franklin High School, she's been volunteering at the Belmont Library for four years. It all started with a middle school service learning requirement. After Willow's class learned about volunteering from Jane Corry at the Belmont Library, Willow recognized a great opportunity. “I've always been a bookish person, so after the class visit I begged my dad to take me back to the library after school that same day.” Thus, a volunteer all-star was born!

Willow's weekly tasks at Belmont vary, but she does everything from clean the toddler toys to emptying the book bin, from withdrawing old or weather-beaten books to tidying staff desks. When I express surprise at her workload, Willow laughs. “I don't do all of those things in one day!” 

The staff at the Belmont Library have clearly made an impression on Willow. “They're all very kind people. Anyone can come to the library, so we see people who need a lot of help, but the staff are so nice and are still kind to the next person in line. They have a lot of patience and I really admire that.”

In her spare time, Willow does homework and participates in Key Club, an international service organization. While it's too early to think about college, don't worry, she's definitely considering librarianship in the future. “For a school assignment I had to pick two careers I was interested in,” she says. “I chose a librarian and an actuary,” a mathematician who works in statistical analysis, often for insurance companies. As much as she loves her library work, Willow also excels at and enjoys math: “I like the simplicity of math and the formulas. Once you know how to solve one problem, you know how to solve all of them,” she says. Here's to Willow's intrepid problem-solving, at the Belmont Library and beyond!

 


A Few Facts About Willow

 
Home library: Belmont Library
 
Currently reading: A book for class I just finished is called Bronx Masquerade, and the book that I want to start next is called An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, which I've heard really, really good things about.
 
Most influential book: Esperanza Rising is one that really opened my eyes to the hardships of immigrants, and I still think about it today even though I read it four years ago.
 
A book that made you laugh or cry: Hyperbole and a Half is one of the best books that has ever been written (in my opinion). I can't go a page into it without laughing so hard I can't speak.
 
Favorite guilty pleasure book: I'm not sure there are any that are really guilty for me, but my mom did get a little surprised when I told her what Looking for Alaska was about.
 
Favorite book from childhood: My favorite was Mouse Soup because that mouse was just so sneaky!

Favorite browsing selection: Fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, and young adult genres are all great!

E-reader or paper books: I'm not sure, I like reading in books better, but I also feel kinda guilty about the trees.
 
Favorite place to read: Curled up on the couch with my black lab, Lucy. 

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