Finding interesting and caring people is never hard at Windsor-Severance Library. This month’s Volunteer of the Month is a perfect example. Karen Sellins has been volunteering in the library’s PAWS program since March 2011. She brings her two therapy dogs, Gryphon and Fynn, to the library to read with children every month.
Karen is a very interesting and kind person. When she is not volunteering, she works in the Animal Sciences Department at Colorado State University. She also teaches microbiology at Front Range Community College part-time and writes grants for Skyline High School in Longmont.
Her family has a virtual zoo, which includes dogs, cats, a gerbil, a newt, a turtle, a chinchilla, horses, a white donkey and goats. Karen also has many hobbies and interests. She enjoys reading, watching movies, growing vegetables in containers and riding horses. She also is very involved in dog activities, such as bringing her therapy dogs to the library and a nursing home in Fort Collins and participating in Dog Agility, Rally and Obedience. Both of Karen’s therapy dogs were adopted from an animal shelter and trained by her to become well-behaved service dogs.
She owns a huge DVD collection which, of course, include her favorites, “The Princess Bride,” “Shrek,” ”The Men Who Stare at Goats,” “101 Dalmatians” (animated version), “The Jungle Book,” “Finding Nemo,” “Up” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Karen’s favorite books include “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” “Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” “Catch22,” “The Hunger Games,” and “The World According to Garp.”
Karen says she likes being involved in PAWS because “I like to see the kids’ faces light up when they are enjoying reading.”
Submitted by the Windsor-Severance Library staff.