Volunteer of the Year 2017

Volunteer of the Year 2017Richa Goel was named Saint Paul Public Library's Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to exceptional service at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner May 18, 2017.

Richa volunteers over 40 hours per month at special events throughout the library system, though she spends most of her time in the Innovation Lab at George Latimer Central Library. Though she has a master's degree in computer applications and 4 years of experience as a software engineer, Richa cannot yet seek paid employment in the United States due to the constraints of her spousal visa, and she chooses to use her time volunteering in her new community.

Patient and creative, Richa teaches patrons how to use the equipment in the Innovation Lab. She also assists with promotion and program planning, and can reliably be found ever Tuesday and Thursday afternoon helping patrons or experimenting on a new project or prototype. She has shown that she truly cares about the vitality of the library and always looks for innovative ways to enhance programming and services. She is an active member of the Innovation Lab advisory board, a trainer for the laser engraver, vinyl cutter 3D printer and crochet, and a model for other women interested in combining technology and artistry.

Visit Richa on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons in the Innovation Lab on the 3rd floor of George Latimer Central Library.