In my library career as a children's librarian, my goal was to get the right book to the right child at the right time.

As a library administrator, I learned that liking people was more important than liking to read.

These concepts have guided me all my life and still apply to my service as volunteer coordinator for the German Village Society.

I've also learned that in any organization or association, 10 to 20 percent of the members are active. That's about 100 people for the society.

Are you one of the 100?

If you like meeting people, then volunteering in the Visitors Center is the place for you.

We need approximately 25 people per week to staff the Center. Can you be one of those people?

Except for January through March when we are closed Sundays, the Center is staffed 7 days a week. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-3 p.m. on Sundays.

Tasks include greeting visitors, showing a video on the history of German Village, answering questions and promoting our great community, answering the phone and directing questions appropriately, checking in packages delivered by the U.S. Post Office, UPS and FedEx; contacting members by phone to alert them of the package delivery and checking out the packages when the members come in to claim them.

Specifically, we need someone for Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings in January and both shifts on Wednesdays. Some people volunteer for a specific shift every week, while others are on the substitute or as needed list.

If you have an interest in serving the German Village Society, please send email me to at Please include your availability (day with mornings or afternoons) and phone number.

If the Visitors Center doesn't work for you, please consider being a tour guide, a committee member or volunteering for one-time events: Haus und Garten tour, Art Crawl, Monster Bash and Village Lights. Watch for those calls for volunteers.

I look forward to communicating with you.

German Village Society volunteer coordinator Bonnie Beth Mitchell submitted the Village Notebook column.