Moody promotes Vernon Area Library for almost four decades
Alice Moody was recently recognized by the Vernon Area Public Library for her work at the library. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 18, 2012 3:10PM
LINCOLNSHIRE — Alice Moody loves her community — so much, that she has been volunteering her time at the Vernon Area Library for the past 37 years. Moody, along with a number of other library volunteers, were recently honored at a dinner reception for their service to the community. As Lincolnshire resident, Moody said she feels honored to serve her village.
Q: How did you come to the Lincolnshire area?
A: My husband, three children and I moved to Lincolnshire 45 years ago. We came to Lincolnshire at the suggestion of a friend. He simply said, “You might look at homes in Lincolnshire” and the first house we looked at is where we have lived all these years.
Q: What made you want to serve the Friends?
A: I have been involved with the Vernon Area Library since 1973 when the then-Mayor Balzer asked me to serve on a committee to study the possibility of library services in the Vernon area. The library district was established in 1975 and I served as President of the Library Board for eight years. In 1988 I was asked to serve as chairman of the first book sale and I have had that privilege for 24 years. I have also served on the Friends Board during that time. Working with the library staff and volunteers has brought great joy to my life.
Q: The nature of libraries is undergoing a revolution — people can carry nearly an entire library collection in an iPad these days. What will the Friends and the VAPL need to do in the near future to stay relevant?
A: The love of holding a book in hand, versus using an e-reader, will not go away for some years. We just held a very successful book sale where 20,000 books had been donated to the library and the Friends. There is of course the trend toward e-readers, but used book stores and library sales are here for a few more years. In time, however, the Friends may look toward other ways to raise funds and support the Library. The Friends of the Vernon Area Library have raised more than $375,000 and have made many significant contributions to the Library.
Q: What are you reading these days?
A: I am reading “Gabby,” a biography, by Mark Kelly, the astronaut, and Gabrielle Giffords, the Congresswoman from Arizona. I read mainly non-fiction and I love historical fiction.