Volunteer Spotlight: the Title Wave 5

Volunteer Job to Volunteer Career

by Donna ChildsVolunteers Rod, Celene, Linda, Gloria and Ruth

Since April is National Volunteer Month, rather than spotlighting one person, we are featuring the five volunteers who have been at The Title Wave Used Bookstore since it opened in March 1988. They discovered the new bookstore in different ways: living in the next block, knowing the woman who would become the first manager, seeing a flyer or a newspaper article about the venture. But they have remained for similar reasons:  their fondness for books, reading, and libraries, and the friendships they have made with fellow volunteers and customers. For all of them, it is a haven; they look forward to spending time there.

 

Who are these five dedicated volunteers? Below is a brief description of what they do at Title Wave and their responses to some questions we often ask of Volunteer Spotlight honorees.

 

Celene and Rod Bell are cashiers on the first Saturday of every month. They chose Saturday originally because they worked during the week. By the time they retired, however, they’d formed friendships with weekend customers, and Title Wave Saturdays had become such a feature of their lives that they planned vacations around them.

Home Library: Woodstock

Favorite Section of the library: fiction, craft, biography (Celene); a broad range, but mainly detective stories (Rod)

Favorite Place to Read: the family room (Celene); outside on a lounge chair in the summer (Rod)

 

Gloria Carmody is a cashier one Thursday a month and a materials processor every Tuesday, sorting, organizing, and pricing a vast array of magazines. According to Gloria, the Post Office used to bring its undeliverable magazines to the Title Wave, but now magazine donations come from individuals. In addition to the Title Wave, Gloria volunteers at the Oregon Fuchsia Society

Home Library: Belmont

Favorite Section of the library: fiction, gardening

Favorite Place to Read: in her bed

 

Ruth Frank cashiers on third Saturdays, despite working full-time the rest of the week. A lifelong fan of libraries, she was previously employed in the Periodicals department at Central.

Home Library: Central

Favorite Section of the library: craft, mystery, travel

Favorite Place to Read: While possibly not a ‘favorite,’ the buses Ruth rides on her hour-long daily commutes are where she does much of her reading.

 

Linda Paulson cashiers on Mondays. In addition to Title Wave, she has volunteered at the Contemporary Craft Museum and at Northwest Pilot Project, a social service agency her husband founded.

Home Library: North Portland

Favorite Section of the library: fiction, biography

Favorite Place to Read: in her bed

 

Given their long perspective on the Title Wave, changes over twenty-nine years became a hot topic. For example, early on, non-fiction books were organized by Title Wave’s own categories rather than the Dewey Decimal system. There are more books to process now, not to mention CD’s, audio books, DVD’s, and procedures changed with the advent of computers. Volunteer jobs are more delineated. Originally everyone did everything. Interestingly, Title Wave once had a coffee bar with lattes, long before the national trend! One constant, however, in addition to congenial colleagues, has been managers they like and respect, and the stability of having only two of them in twenty-nine years.  

 

Two final questions on which they were unanimous:

Do you prefer paper or e-books? Paper!

If possible, would you sign on for another 29 years? YES!

 

Thanks for reading the MCL Volunteer Spotlight. Stay tuned for our next edition coming soon! Read last month's Volunteer Spotlight.

 

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