My husband and I didn’t know anyone in Winters when we retired here.
One of our first stops was the Winters Community Library. The friendly staff told us about all the services available and opportunities to volunteer at the library or with Winters Friends of the Library events.
We got our library cards, joined WFoL and began to volunteer.
I assist Richard Cowan with receiving donations, sorting them, and stocking the shelves of our sales room. I have met so many wonderful Winters residents and visitors from all over the country. Those folks have inspired me to read a number of titles I might otherwise have passed over. I enjoy recommending books to our customers and hearing their reviews when I see them, too. It’s rewarding to have book friends that are little kids
up to “super seniors.”
WFoL’s special events are loads of fun for volunteers. Four Thursdays in July provide enjoyment for volunteers and spectators alike with performances by varied and accomplished musicians.
The Fourth Fridays and Harvest Festival on Main Street allow
volunteers to greet Winters residents and meet visitors to town.
The Family Holiday Festival is a joy. WFoL volunteers get to enjoy performances by our school age residents while helping with crafts, selling delicious food, and selling books that have been donated throughout the year.
There are many worthy programs at the library where Winters Friends of the Library volunteers can make a difference in the lives of our town’s residents. Go to our volunteer page to find out about our volunteer teams, volunteer application, and connect with our WFoL volunteer coordinator.
There are also many ways for volunteers to engage and serve at our Winters Community Library.
The library hosts the SUCCESS after school tutoring program for kindergarten through 8th grade. Older students and adult volunteers work with the younger students under the supervision of the coordinator. Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 to 5:00.
Groups of people who wish to learn English or improve their English meet on Thursdays from 6 to 8. We are always looking for new volunteers to help this dynamic group. Contact Keith Cary if you are interested in learning more. I teach the beginners.
I also coach a group of people who are preparing to take the U.S. Citizenship examination. We meet on Tuesday from 6 to 8.
There are a number of volunteers who offer one on one tutoring for adults. Some tutors are helping others to improve their reading and writing. Some are helping adults prepare for the GED test.
There are so many ways to volunteer and volunteers are always needed. Training for volunteers at the library is available through Yolo County. Contact our librarian Toni for more information.
Like me, you might find happiness through service in your hometown,
Thank you, Revalee Hemken, for your service and sharing your story!