SOUTH BEND - Maude Klingaman moves through the stacks, making sure each of the latest magazines is just where it belongs.
She relocates the slightly older magazines to the nearby stacks, organizing them in chronological order to make them easy for library users to find.
"I like to put things in their place. I like things to be orderly," says Klingaman, 77, a volunteer at the St. Joseph County Public Library in downtown South Bend since 1992.
She's contributed more than 7,100 volunteer hours. That equals nearly 3.5 years of full-time work.
Klingaman volunteers at the library three hours a day Mondays through Thursdays. She works in the second-floor Magazines, Newspapers & Fiction Department, organizing the periodicals and helping patrons find materials they need.
When patrons inquire about magazines on specific topics, Klingaman knows where to direct them. She knows all the titles and topics.
She previously was assigned as a volunteer in the children's department and at the reference desk.
Her favorite assignment was the children's section. "I just loved being up there. I think it's the best place in the library," she says.
When Klingaman was growing up in the small town of Larwill, Ind., there was no local library. She worked at the campus library while she attended Manchester College.
Klingaman retired after 40 years as a primary school teacher in the South Bend Community School Corp. She taught at Colfax, Coquillard and Jefferson schools.
She started volunteering before , and knew she'd want to continue. In addition to the library, she's volunteered at the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, Memorial Hospital and some other organizations in town.
"Maude is the super volunteer. She works as many hours as some of our part-time employees," says her supervisor, Matt King, a library assistant in the Magazines, Newspapers & Fiction Department. King has known Klingaman for more than a decade.
"She's not someone you have to watch over. She knows how to do everything," he said. "And she's a very selfless person."
Sometimes Klingaman checks out some of the magazines she stacks. Her favorites are publications about animals.
Klingaman said she'll continue as a library volunteer as long as she can.
"That's what I want to do," she says, noting the involvement helps keep her active and healthy. "If I didn't have something to do, I'd be unhappy."
To volunteer at the St. Joseph County Public Library, call 574-282-4646, visitwww.libraryforlife.org/volunteer or stop by the desk at any library location.