For me it’s just a lot of fun. It feels good to be connected to your community.
Fred Pitman sees the community library as far more than just a place to borrow a book. Local libraries have an evolving and important role to play in the community and Fred volunteers his time to help keep the doors to local libraries open.
“The library is a public environment, a meeting space, a place to find activities, help, and internet access,” said Fred. “We have a diverse population with 100 different languages being spoken and not everybody has internet access. Libraries are about public service.”
Fred grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia area and moved to Washington D.C. upon joining the Army. He served his country in Korea and after serving his country, went to work for Marriott hotels. He retired a year ago and wanted to contribute more of his time to his community.
He was already serving as treasurer for the Friends of the Oakton Public Library and soon found himself taking on more and more projects. He now wears many hats serving as an English conversation leader, adopt-a-shelf participant, and most recently has taken on the photographing 23 area libraries and various events held at those libraries.
“For me it’s just a lot of fun,” said Fred. “It’s great to be able to help out and providing support where it is needed. It feels good to be connected to your community.”
For his efforts, Volunteer Fairfax named Fred one of their 2016 Volunteers of the Year. In his spare time Fred enjoys photography, reading, and traveling. His nephew Brian Pitman will be joining him on the cruise!