Spending time with family, volunteering and just having fun can quickly fill up a schedule.  4S Ranch resident and retired teacher Nancy Jones, on the other hand, embraces the challenge – and still finds time to enjoy a good book.

After moving to the Gianni community two years ago, she was thrilled for the proximity of the local 4S Ranch Branch Library.  She spent a great deal of time enjoying all that it had to offer, and then she was approached to join the Friends of the 4S Ranch Library organization, for which she is now treasurer.  Being new to the community, Friends seemed like a great way to become a part of 4S Ranch and support a great cause along the way.

She noted that the popularity of the library is a terrific example of how strong 4S Ranch is as a community.  “Our small library has circulation and participation in programs that rivals and sometimes exceeds many of the largest libraries in the San Diego County system,” Jones said.

Jones said her biggest accomplishment in volunteering with Friends was the “Book Nook”.  She described the program as a way to sell donated items to raise funds for library programs (books given to the Friends are sold to library visitors).  “It has expanded from one book cart to a much larger area at the back of the library,” she said.  “Also we have started selling books online through Amazon, eBay and Half.com.”

When not at the local library, one can find Jones volunteering at the Stone Ranch Elementary School and Oak Valley Middle School libraries, which her grandchildren Olivia, 7, and Noah, 13, attend. Besides volunteering, she also loves to read, go on cruises, study the Bible and spend time with family. She and her husband Ted – who volunteers as well, at Del Norte High School – have been married 44 years.

But it’s the time and effort she puts into the library that gives her great satisfaction.  She noted that even with the increased community involvement, the cuts that the library took in funding from the county level leave many obstacles to overcome.  That’s why she encouraged more local residents to get involved with the Friends group, noting that annual dues were only $15 (that is tax deductible) and the money goes to fund needed programs and materials.  More information on joining the group – which meets monthly in the library community room at 10433 Reserve Drive at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday – is available by calling 858-673-4697, emailing 4sranchfol@gmail.com, or visiting www.4sranchfol.blogspot.com.