by Donna Childs
It is not surprising for library volunteers to be book lovers; in fact, it might almost seem a requirement. But Anne Pearson takes volunteering with books to a new level: she not only volunteers at the Hollywood Library, she has also served on the Board of the Friends of the Library—as Chair two years—and she works at a local children’s bookstore.
According to the staff at Hollywood, Anne brightens everyone’s day when she comes in to volunteer. She is “an efficient, reliable, hard-working volunteer [who] is also so nice and fun and always has great reading recommendations and delicious restaurant reviews and recipes to share.” Furthermore, she’s a good sport who is willing to do whatever needs doing, though her primary task is searching paging lists and pulling holds every Friday morning. Anne’s motivation for volunteering at Hollywood is a desire to help the library that has brought her much pleasure, as well as finding new books to read and recommend. And as a lover of cooking, she shares recipes as enthusiastically as she does book recommendations.
A former member of the Friends of the Library Board, Anne served as Chair in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Much of her work involved advocating for passage of a levy to continue library services, and meeting with various groups to discuss the need for the levy. Her work on the Board reinforced Anne’s belief that those of us in Multnomah County are “lucky to have such an amazing library system.”
Always an advocate for reading, Anne works two days a week at A Children’s Place (Portland’s oldest independent children’s bookstore), where she is in charge of choosing and buying books for the “Good Reads for Moms and Dads” section of the store, which includes books for moms and dads as individuals, not only as parents. Anne has clearly found a place—whether in the bookstore, on the Friends Board, or at the Hollywood Library—where her love of books benefits her and those around her.
Home library: Hollywood
Currently reading: I just finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles—LOVED it!
Most influential book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Favorite book from childhood: Half-Magic by Edward Eager
A book that has made you laugh or cry: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Favorite section of the library: Lucky Day
E-reader or paper book: Paper, although I love the convenience of e-books for travel
Favorite reading guilty pleasure: Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series—howlingly funny!
Favorite place to read: Any place cozy!
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