Alverta Serfass volunteered at BAPL since 1967. Her family moved boxes of books and other library materials from the Library’s old location on Market Street to the new location on Church Street. Afterwards, she became the Library’s first volunteer at the new location. She helped librarians with the organization of materials on the second floor.
In 1977 the Library began having book sales twice a year. The first year the book sale netted $3,762. Alverta helped with those early fundraising efforts and found her niche. Eventually she was in charge of the entire book sale operation, supervising a dedicated corps of volunteers. Alverta oversaw selection, priced more valuable items, and sorted and displayed the books. On her watch, the Library netted over $927,000 to present from the book sales.
Alverta volunteered 50-60 hours a month. Although, Alverta was “80-something,” she had the stamina, humor and perseverance of a much younger person. We will remember her fondly and already miss her wisdom and friendship.