Volunteering has been part of my life since I was in my twenties. Where, how, and why have changed through the years, but today I am driving to the closest local library to put in a little time and see if I want to continue. At the Volunteer Orientation they were enthusiastic about any and all four of us who showed up.
Today was my second go-round. Tell me what you think. First I back out of the driveway and leave my community as it is called here.
I turn left and head due
north. It is a four lane highway that is posted fifty miles an hour. Everyone travels over sixty. I would have taken a photo but there is not a shoulder on the road and I’m not great at multi-tasking. Nine miles later I turn right and head east for a distance that I could walk, but on a hundred degree day I would rather not.
Then I again head north and go under a freeway overpass. The left arrow is Phoenix, the right Globe.
Once passed it I am on town streets. This is an intersection on Idaho Road and Superstition Road.
Over twelve miles from the garage door I am at the library parking lot. More cars are parked behind me but I want to show you the vastness.
This is the now blooming desert in front of the library. The long yellow stalk is a flowering yucca.
I knock on a locked door that says Library Personnel Only and a woman lets me in. She guides me to the returned children’s backpacks and shows me how to repack them. I was handed an industrial size box
of wipes and told to clean every surface. Then I was shown how to securely lock them so nothing is stolen by lurking library opportunists. The backpacks are quite clever with each mesh backpack put
together like a theme party. This one is about numbers and math.
Another had sea creatures I got to play with to make sure they worked.
The teddy bear in the Teddy Bear Pack had a note on the inventory sheet that the nail polish on the paw was noted.
Finished with that little task I was led to the video display and told to alphabetize any out of order and
replace returned ones. There were hundreds with many people coming and going. Videos are very popular at the library.
An hour and a half
had passed at this time so I strolled through the used book store and picked these up to bring home.
Once in my car I spotted this beautiful Saguaro on the grounds and faced the three flowering pale verde trees at the stop sign before leaving.