WLC Seventh Birthday Party!

Thursday night twenty two of our great group of volunteers toasted seven years of uninterrupted service to the greater Waban/Newton community!

How did we do this? Let me count the two key ways – by lifting a glass of champagne, and enjoying a sublime cake created for us by Russo’s, and by seven years of consistent work at the Waban Library Center.

We beheld the newly reorganized music listening room, and children’s area. We met up with fellow volunteers whom we only chance see at these festive occasions. We will look forward to another year of service, including the essential election on November 8th, when the WLC transforms into the polling station for our Wards.

thank you,

Alice Jacobs
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We Need You!

The WLC Needs You!

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The Waban Library Center is entering its sixth year of operation this fall and is flourishing Have you visited us yet? If not, it is time to come in and see where it is all happening right in Waban Square.  We have lots of the latest books for adults, teens and kids and a wide range of activities, including author talks, concerts, art shows, movies, book clubs, game days and more.

 

Even better, join us as a library volunteer. We are seeking a few good neighbors to help us in our endeavors. We currently have several openings:

 

General Volunteer.  Duties include staffing the front desk, shelving books, preparing new books for circulation and other general clerical duties.  No formal library training is needed, but basic computer skills and a love of reading and books are strongly encouraged.  We will train you and you will be working with other experienced and friendly volunteers.  Our volunteers have a lot of fun, make new friends and meet new neighbors at the WLC.  We ask for a two-hour per week commitment.  Morning or afternoon shifts (during or after school hours) are available.

 

Marketing coordinator.  Do you have marketing skills that aren’t being used these days?  We are looking for someone to help us find local authors, artists, etc. to appear at the WLC.  You will be working with other volunteers to assist with publicity and event coordination. We hope to have approximately 4 events during the year, so this is not a full-time commitment, but we would also love to have you as a weekly volunteer if your schedule would permit.

 

Event coordinator.  Do you like to plan parties and entertain? We are looking for a person to plan and manage 4 to 6 social events at the WLC per year.

Responsibilities include planning the refreshments and logistics for the event and contacting via email our willing and cooperative volunteers to help out with food, refreshments, etc. The coordinator would also need to attend, supervise and assist in the setting up and cleaning up after the event.  Of course, we would love to have you as a weekly volunteer, too, if you have the time and energy.

 

Reader for storytime. This is a once a week position on Wednesdays at 11:00am for about 45 minutes.  We are looking for someone to read books (your choice) to our preschool patrons from our wonderful children’s collection during our scheduled story time. No formal training required, and you can bring your own preschooler with you.  Familiarity with Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, puppies, kittens, and little pigs is preferred, but not required.

 

If you are looking for a way to contribute to the great village of Waban, please consider helping out at the Waban Library Center.

 

Contact Linda Crowe or Alice Jacobs at wabanlibrary@gmail.com We will respond promptly.

Recap – WLC Volunteer Party – October 13

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The director of WLC , Alice Jacobs, gave an update of what we have accomplished in six years.

  • Increased and enriched our children’s and adult collections – we have now over 14,000 titles
  • Added WLC library card holders to 2,000 members.
  • Created a corps of excellent volunteers from Waban/Newton.
  • Refurbished our children’s area to reflect youthful taste.
  • Attracted donations from small and large benefactors to maintain our presence.
  • Presented great authors, such as : Atul Gawande, Sue Miller, BA Shapiro, David Ferry, William Ferry, William Landay, Coventry Edwards-Pitts and many others.
  • Built community through serving as the meeting place for Brownies, PTO, Cub Scouts, Waban Book Club, Newton Family Singers, Waban Area Council, and many others.
  • Transformed our grounds through the Patio gathering place.

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George’s 95th Birthday Party!

WLC volunteers celebrate the birthday of one of our loyal volunteers, George Rivetz.  We hope George doesn’t mind that we reveal that he is 95 years young this month and going strong (even if he claims to be a Yankees fan). Stop by and say hello to George at the WLC and listen to some of his stories about his many years with the Postal Service and working for the Red Sox when tickets cost 40 cents.  Happy Birthday to George from all of us at the WLC and here’s to many more!

WLC volunteers celebrate the birthday of one of our loyal volunteers, George Rivetz.  We hope George doesn’t mind that we reveal that he is 95 years young this month and going strong (even if he claims to be a Yankees fan). Stop by and say hello to George at the WLC and listen to some of his stories about his many years with the Postal Service and working for the Red Sox when tickets cost 40 cents.  Happy Birthday to George from all of us at the WLC and here’s to many more!

WLC volunteers celebrate the birthday of one of our loyal volunteers, George Rivetz.  We hope George doesn’t mind that we reveal that he is 95 years young this month and going strong (even if he claims to be a Yankees fan). Stop by and say hello to George at the WLC and listen to some of his stories about his many years with the Postal Service and working for the Red Sox when tickets cost 40 cents.  Happy Birthday to George from all of us at the WLC and here’s to many more!

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The Odd Couple

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Sheldon Rothman (left) is one of the volunteers at the WLC.

 

The Odd Couple: A Conversation with Two of the PMC’s Most Chronologically Gifted Riders

By Lauren Gibbons Paul

By their own admission, they’re not exactly two peas in a pod. One is a staunch conservative, the other liberal as they come. One is 15 minutes early to any meeting; the other is chronically late. One is extroverted and will chat with anyone; the other is more reserved. One is laid back; the other attacks life in every possible way.

“We have different approaches,” says Brookline resident Alvin A. Krakow, 84, with characteristic restraint. On the other side of the table, 84-year-old Newton resident Sheldon Rothman puts in, “Al’s a nice guy so I don’t mind waiting for him.”

What the two octogenarian cycling partners do share – beyond a warm friendship — is a track record of nearly a decade of raising money and riding together in the PMC. Krakow, currently the oldest one-day rider, is a veteran of 15 one-day PMC rides. Rothman will ride the two-day for the 12th consecutive time this year, the oldest rider to do so, a distinction he cherishes and fights to maintain.

“No one else anywhere near my age wants to suffer through the two-day,” says Rothman, a retired business executive who got in on the ground floor at Reebok and had a notable career there. Among his plentiful volunteer gigs: Playing cards with the “old folks” a local nursing home (many of whom are younger than he).

Rothman plans to do the ride until he is 90, maybe beyond that. Good health has been his gift, though he has lots of friends and family who have battled cancer. He is doggedly passionate about raising money for cancer research. “We have to do something to stop this disease,” he says.

Krakow came to the PMC after finishing three cross-country bike rides that he did in order to see the countryside and its inhabitants up close. With many consecutive “century” (100-mile) days under his belt from those trips, Krakow did not feel he had anything to prove to anyone. The one-day PMC was just fine. And decades after founding a successful endodontics practice, he had a ready network from which to fundraise. He has personally raised roughly $125,000 for the PMC to date.

Krakow’s approach to training for the ride is the opposite of Rothman’s. In a word: Casual. A few rides with Rothman on the Vineyard in June and July. Beyond that, nothing. “People forever have asked me, how can you do it with the little training you do? I can’t explain it,” says Krakow.

Rothman, on the other hand, is an adrenaline junkie who trains hard all year taking three grueling spinning classes each week all winter and starting his outdoor rides as soon as the ice melts. He lives for the thrill of getting going when it is still dark out, before the slew of younger riders hit the road. A few years back, he had to pull out of the race after hitting the curb in the dark one morning and getting pretty banged up. Suffice to say, ride health workers made him quit, otherwise he would have kept going. “If you have a nice, easy, comfortable ride, it’s boring. I’m really not a calm, easy-going guy,” he acknowledges.

Krakow has taken the last few years off after being sidelined after a bout with colon cancer in 2010 and recovering from a hip fracture in 2012. This year, feeling stronger most days, he hopes to complete the one-day. And his faithful partner and friend will be there with him.

“That’s the difference between Sheldon and me,” says Krakow. “If his knee flares up he will not stop. If I have to stop, I will stop because it’s not about finishing this ride, for me. It’s about going out there, having fun, and raising money.”

For all their differences, they do have one thing in common, it would seem: the lack of a keen sense of direction. “The last two years that we rode, both years, we got lost,” says Rothman, both of them chuckling at the memory.

 

To sponsor Sheldon Rothman or Al Krakow, please visit PMC.org and enter their names on the “Donate” page.  To sponsor Sheldon Rothman or Al Krakow, please visit PMC.org and enter their names on the “Donate” page.