Book-repair volunteers help the library save money


March 19, 1995|By Kevin Harrison

Syd Gaarder of Annapolis and Pat Anderson of Edgewater are volunteers with the Annapolis area branch of the Anne Arundel County library system, specializing in book and document repairing.

On Thursday, they conducted a repair workshop for several members of the county library staff and fellow volunteers.

A resident of Annapolis, Mr. Gaarder is retired from the federal government. He also volunteers with the archaeological department of the Annapolis Historical Foundation.

He has received recognition on several occasions for his work at the library, including a letter from then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer thanking him for his repair work.

"The library can use lots of volunteers," says Mr. Gaarder. "It's like someone once said to me: 'The library is like housework, you're never finished.' I'm happy to do something with my time."

Ms. Anderson, a former elementary school teacher, also volunteers at the Londontowne Publik House and Gardens in Edgewater. She has been helping out at the library for about eight years.

"I like the work and love books. It's challenging and . . . actually kind of fun," she says.

Ellen Abar, an Annapolis branch librarian and the volunteer supervisor, says Mr. Gaarder, Ms. Anderson and others "save us thousands of dollars by repairing these books and materials."

"We depend very highly on our volunteers to do all of our back-room work in order to serve the public better. I really enjoy working with them. They're a very dedicated group.

"[Syd and Pat] train our new volunteers in book repair and check the work of the others as well."

For more information on the library volunteer network, call 222-7371, or any of the 15 local branches.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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