2019 CAL Outstanding Volunteer

Congratulations to Nichole Walters, named the 2019 Colorado Association of Libraries’ (CAL) Outstanding Volunteer.

Nichole began volunteering for Douglas County Libraries (DCL) in 2014 at the Highlands Ranch branch. Initially, she helped with the Summer Reading Program, Simple Science series, Movin’ and Groovin’ Storytimes, Technology Fair, and prepared crafts for events. Nichole’s huge heart and giving spirit soon led her to become a Lead Volunteer in our Homebound Delivery program, delivering library materials to those in our community who are unable to visit the library themselves due to illness or injury.

In early 2018, Nichole became instrumental in processing donated materials for online sales through Amazon. And later that year with the Highlands Ranch branch renovation and closure, she drove the 42-mile round trip weekly for nearly six months to continue the operation out of another branch.

Nichole’s volunteer efforts have helped support our DCL Foundation by providing scholarships for Camp DCL for children as well as literacy-based programs like Cuddle Up & Read which introduces new parents to the library’s early literacy services.

Nichole is always among the first to offer her help. She has super-human stamina and is dauntless in the face of obstacles no matter how insurmountable they may seem.  She does it all with a quiet dedication that touches lives but seeks no credit or recognition. DCL is truly honored to have Nichole as a volunteer!