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Tracy Frank, Published March 16 2014

Her Voice: Avid reader calls volunteering for library bookstore ‘a gift’

FARGO – Lynn Moore says her husband has asked if she’s addicted to books.

“I like good stories,” she said. “If I have a good author, then I can’t wait to get to my book so I can read it. It sort of takes me out and puts me in another place.”

The 78-year-old Fargo woman reads about 75 books a year about “pretty much everything,” reviews books on Goodreads.com, listens to audiobooks, is active in two book clubs and is one of 12 volunteers for the Friends of the Fargo Public Library Bookstore.

“It’s a gift to be able to work here and help the library,” she said.

The work Moore does, selling an assortment of donated reading material, DVDs and audiobooks, helps raise money for library projects.

In addition to contributing to the library’s summer reading and community reading programs, the bookstore has given $5,000 to the library’s Northport branch for its community room and $1,900 for a portable digital piano for programming, said Jan Murphy, the bookstore’s manager.

Moore started volunteering for the bookstore after she stopped by to get a book and started talking to Murphy about volunteering.

“I said I would love that, to be around books all day,” Moore said.

She volunteers every Thursday afternoon and helps set up for the bookstore’s spring and fall sales. The spring sale is planned for May 3 and 4.

In addition to selling books, Moore stocks the shelves, sweeps the floor, and helps people find books they might like.

“I’ve met so many people who are so nice and I love to be surrounded by books,” she said.

Moore says it feels wonderful to help someone find a good book.

“It makes me feel like I’ve really, really helped someone and I know that they’re going to get pleasure because I’ve given them a book that they want and they’re going to get the same pleasure that I feel when I read,” she said.

She was an English major in college and has worked in hospitals doing administrative work for much of her life.

Moore also volunteers for RSVP, a Senior Corps program that is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Moore moved to the area 12 years ago from New Orleans, where she was born and raised. She and her husband, Tom, moved here for his job, and Moore says she doesn’t want to leave her new hometown.

“I love the people,” she said. “I have never met people as nice as the people in Fargo. It’s such a gentle community and I like living here.”

Her Voice is a weekly article about women in or from our area and how they make an impact on the world around them. If you know someone SheSays should feature in HerVoice, email Tracy Frank at tfrank@forumcomm.com.