About Us :: Message From The President

Spotlight on Volunteerism


In America the spirit of volunteerism runs deep. As a nation dedicated to helping and improving the lives of others, philanthropy and volunteerism come naturally and are integral enrichments to many of our lives.

At our own La Jolla Public Library we have almost 100 volunteers devoting more than 10,000 hours annually. With a “volunteer hour” in California valued at $26.87/hour, you can quickly calculate, that is a lot of time and service.

This September, four of our volunteers were honored for their extraordinary contributions to the La Jolla Public Library at the annual meeting of the Friends of the San Diego Public Library. They include Madeline 'Maddy' Gillette, Ralph 'Brian' Thompson, Mariam Sogoian, Mojgan Dadjou.

Maddy Gillette has been a constant feature of our children's area over the summer. She has come to every summer reading program event to help sign kids up and has assisted with a major shift of materials. Maddy aspires to get her library science degree and become a librarian.

Brian Thompson joined staff in our massive project to put RFID tags on every book in the library (over 100,000 books). He gave us his time because of our need when anyone less dedicated would've been at home because this project took place over the December holiday period. Brian can usually be found by the back door first thing in the morning waiting for staff to arrive.

Mariam Sogoian is here several days a week and can be seen pushing a cart with one hand and gripping our lengthy hold request list in the other. La Jolla sends and receives a lot of holds and the list of books to pull for sending to other libraries is always very extensive.

Mojgan Dadjou deserves a particular shout-out for all the time she has spent volunteering in our new Memory Lab. The lab is solidly booked 6 days a week and three months in advance. Mojgan is one of the leading volunteers who has made this free public service possible. On days when she is not in the lab, she can be found pre-sorting carts for shelving or looking for holds to send to other branches.

We couldn’t provide the services we do without Mojgan, Mariam, Brian, Maddy and all our volunteers.

To get involved, log on to our website and visit our volunteer link (http://lajollalibrary.org/support/volunteer/).

Of course, volunteerism and philanthropy go hand in hand. Once again our Library is the grateful recipient of a generous grant from our longtime patron the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation. Doug Dawson, executive director of the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, continues to demonstrate highest regard for our branch year after year with a tremendous level of support in all areas and is owed our continuing thanks.

The new grant has allowed us to purchase mobile shelving for Library staff to take to events off-site to create a pop-up library, iPads and a kiosk to house them for digital literacy for kids, and early learning toys - a Lego table and play cube.

Thank you most kindly to the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation for its generous commitment and longtime support of our La Jolla Library.

Our donors’ generosity and friendship allow the La Jolla Library to be the world class library we are. If you haven’t already, please join the Friends group online at lajollalibrary.org or pick up a Friends of the La Jolla Public Library membership envelope at the front desk. We appreciate your support!

With best wishes to all,

Sallie Warren

President, Friends of the La Jolla Public Library