Last week’s Westport Library Book Sale went off without a hitch.
Thousands of visitors bought tens of thousands of books. And CDs, DVDs, even LPs.
The library earned thousands of dollars. Even yesterday — when everything was free (contributions gladly accepted!) — the library earned something just as important: grateful good will.
But as easy as it all seemed — hundreds of volunteers hauling boxes, posting signs, pointing patrons in the right direction, smilingly totaling up purchases, answering idiotic questions (“Do you have …?”), handling setup, security and cleanup; volumes sorted superbly into categories from Art to Zoology; no problems despite the loss of the library space itself during the Transformation process — none of it would be possible without a few great leaders.
Mimi Greenlee and Dick Lowenstein are the Book Sale co-chairs.
Suzy Hooper and Heli Stagg have full-time library roles, in addition to their Book Sale duties.
They lead with inspiration — and by example. They give new (and literal) meaning to the phrase “heavy lifting.”
This is not the only Westport Library Book sale, either. There are others, in winter and spring. None would happen without the many volunteers — and these 4 at the helm.
We hope Mimi, Dick, Suzy and Heli enjoy being this week’s Unsung Heroes.
But they probably won’t see it. They’re finishing up last weekend’s book sale.
And starting work on the next.
(Hat tip: John Karrel. Want to nominate an Unsung Hero? email firstname.lastname@example.org)