Senate District 6 Unsung Hero
President of the Pocket-Greenhaven Friends of the Library
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born in San Francisco, but have lived in the Pocket area of Sacramento since 1984 and met my husband Greg here. We will have been married for 30 years this month! Our son Zack lives in Studio City and our dog Zeus, a German Hunting Terrier, just turned 16 and is still active. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Food Science from UC Davis and used to work at Crystal Creamery downtown, which is now new housing called “The Creamery”.
How are you making a difference in your community?
I have been working in the community on a variety of joint- projects since the early 90's, primarily in the capacity of fundraising for a K-8 School Gymnasium (Didion Gym), Fitness Stations, a Skate Plaza, and then of course, our community library, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. With any major building project, you are looking at a major commitment of at least four years of intense fundraising. On a smaller scale, I mentor many teens at the Library, helping them with senior projects, scholarship applications, learning the basics of grant writing and community advocacy for the library.
What inspires your community efforts?
I think I am most inspired by the Youth in our community— their enthusiasm and energy are so contagious, that I have never said no to a project that would impact them. I care very much about all user groups at our library, and whether I am the Fundraising Chair or the President of the Library, I always make sure to have teens on our Board. They help with the Summer Reading Kick Off or attend Sacramento City Council meetings to advocate for the City Library Budget. They all get up and speak at these meetings and I am really proud of them.
A few years ago, one of our teens did the Free Little Libraries for his Eagle Scout Project and I got to be his mentor. The months that we spent building and planning his three well-built little libraries were a very special time to me and they are now a lasting legacy to the Pocket Community.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being able to find new ways to partner and bring resources to our community and to be open to possibilities that we haven't done before, such as Police Officer Storytime. With the help of the Sacramento Police Department's Lt. Pam Seyffert and Sgt. Matt Armstrong, we have brought police officers in to read to the kids and it just feels so good to foster that relationship. It is our most popular Storytime program.
What have you struggled most with in your life?
Wanting to organize everything at a quick pace and getting a lot done - I can be impatient.
What kind of lessons do you work to instill in your son?
I have always told Zack one of my favorite Aesop sayings, "No act of kindness is ever wasted." Be smart and resourceful, but be kind. Also, if you live in a different city, call your mom on Mother's Day! He always has.
If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?
The image of the Library - for everyone to realize that today's library truly transforms!
Where else can you go for free WiFi, free e-Books, to learn resume building or even a new language on Rosetta Stone, all for free? You can check out a Book Club Box for 15, make an appointment to get your passport, if you are a senior get free seasonal tax help, get a free dress for the prom, we just do so many amazing programs - there is even a new Library of Things where you can check out a sewing machine or a ukulele.
How do you decompress?
Fuzz therapy with our family dog, Zeus, and of course, reading. I have a tall stack of books! "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a must read for everyone and recommended to me by one of our teen Board members, Kenji.