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November 2014: Jean Kelley

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Jean Kelley was born and raised on her family’s Deerfield “homeplace” and has lived there most of her life, spending some years in Staunton working at the coat factory.  When the factory closed, Jean’s re-training program brought her to a paid position at the Deerfield Station where she had already been volunteering. Jean kept the Deerfield Station running as both volunteer and and paid staff.  Even after her paid employment ended Jean has continued to volunteer.  Jean has been keeping the station open all day on Wednesdays for more than three years.   Jean does just about every task the station requires, knows all the regular patrons and is reliable and always cheerful.  Jean also contributes to Deerfield’s circulation count as she is an avid reader of contemporary cozy mysteries, reading between 5 and 15 a week. When Jean is not at the library or reading, she is gardening or preserving or doing incredible things with yarn, either knit or crochet.  Jean also contributes a variety of heirloom plants to Deerfield’s annual Book & Plant Sale.  More than 80 years old and still very active, Jean is indeed a Super Volunteer.  Thanks, Jean, for your many years of faithful service to the library!

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