Camp Verde Community Library Observes National Library Lovers Month – Sedona.Biz
By Carson Ralston
Green Camp News – National Library Lovers Month, each February, is dedicated to people who love libraries because of the people and stories they encounter within their walls. The Camp Verde Community Library is especially grateful to library lovers who volunteer their time, energy, and expertise to welcome and serve our community. Nancy Raistrick was one of those amazing volunteers. She started volunteering at the library over 12 years ago and would still come 6 days a week if it hadn’t been for the downfall of Covid 19.
Nancy showed up faithfully at the staff entrance from Monday to Saturday around 8:30 am. She didn’t have a key, so she knocked on the door and waited patiently for someone to let her in. She brought the books from the book depository, set up the computers at the front desk, and prepared to greet each library patron. who walked through the front door. During her volunteer tenure at the library, Nancy could have easily saved over 500,000 books with her own hands. In addition to checking the books, she helped clean, sort and put them away. She knew that at the front desk she was the face of the library, so she was always cheerful and friendly with everyone she met.
With an eye for detail and an inquisitive mind always seeking to know why behind any instruction, Nancy became adept at spotting items that were out of place, misplaced or had an error that needed to be corrected. Her affinity and love for craftsmanship has also made her invaluable. Nancy used her technical and creative skills to repair library materials. In the 10 years she has repaired broken or damaged library materials, she has repaired over 11,500 items, saving the library from throwing items away and incurring replacement costs.
As a library lover, Nancy was a natural advocate for library services and enjoyed teaching others how to use library resources. She knew the details of children’s programs, such as Storytime, STEAM Hour and Movie Matinees; teen programs, such as Game Night and Book Clubs; and adult programs, such as Music in the Stacks, computer classes, and health and wellness programs. If anyone had a question or needed help finding something, Nancy wouldn’t give directions. She accompanied them to the computer or to the shelves and taught them how to find what they were looking for.
Nancy’s family can tell you about the many other ways Nancy influenced and delighted them, how she volunteered for the American Legion, and how much she meant to all who knew and loved her. We at the Camp Verde Community Library can only say that we all miss Nancy. Not just for what she has done for us, but because her example has inspired us and her presence has blessed us. It is with deep respect that we dedicate National Library Lovers Month, February 2022, to Nancy Raistrick, extraordinary volunteer!
The Camp Verde Community Library is located just off Montezuma Castle Highway at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ. For more information on library programs and hours, visit the library’s website at www.cvlibrary.org or call 554-8380.