Hampton library volunteer praised for commitment

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 12:01 AM

Thanks to longtime volunteer Jody Janovsky, the Hampton Community Library is one of the tidiest around.

Janovsky, 68, of Hampton, labels and covers each new book.

“Her position is processing books,” library Director Suzanna Krispli said. “I can honestly say we are one of the few libraries that has all their labels and stickers the same.

“It makes for a clean look to the library and helps out patrons looking for books immensely.”

Krispli said Janovsky has wonderful attention to detail.

Retired librarian Margy Mitnick worked with Janovsky for many years and said she is a perfectionist.

“Everything she did was just right and consistent,” Mitnick said. “That fit perfectly with my desire for all the book labels to be easy to read for our patrons, as well as my desire for these things to be done in a consistent manner.

“Jody was also a pleasure to work with. She always came in with a smile, and was cheerful and pleasant whenever she was there.”

Janovsky, a volunteer since 2006, helps at the front desk.

“Being a retired preschool teacher, she knows (so) many people,” Krispli said. “She comes out and helps children find books and talks to their parents who are looking for suggestions on the children and their parenting.”

Janovsky loves working at the library.

“We are a small library and are able to get to know the patrons by name,” Janovsky said. “Suzanna, our director, is wonderful to work for.

“I now work two days a week for around four to five hours a day. My schedule at the library is pretty flexible.”

Janovsky said she has trained a couple people to fill in when she is away.

“I love seeing the people come in and find just what they were looking for, especially the kids,” said Janovsky, who is married and has grandchildren. “It is fun to recommend a book they might enjoy reading and in turn they share their favorites with me.

“Many of my former students have come in and I enjoy seeing what they are doing now. There are so many different things that need to be done behind the scenes that people just don’t realize.”

Krispli said Janovsky is one of four volunteers who are like employees.

“They show up every week and keep this library in order,” Krispli said. “They shelve, run reports, process books, answer questions, help with the phones, special projects, anything we need.

“We couldn’t run the library without them.”

Krispli said high school volunteers run the summer reading program.

Krispli said the library has nine paid employees and that she is the only full-time employee.