What do you do?
Deborah Bonifas

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I’m a branch assistant at the Old Colorado City Branch Library.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I sit at the information desk, connecting people to the information they need, checking out books and answering phones. I also run the book group and the stitching group.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       Over 26 years with various positions. I have worked on the “true” Westside since 1999.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       The Westsiders. Those whose lives I touch in one fashion or another. The children and parents who come for our weekly Storytime. The computer users, the avid readers, the film buffs and everyone else!
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       Just a little more room. We do the best we can with what we have, and realistically we can’t have more room without destroying the true Carnegie ambience we have now.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       I started working in libraries in college at CU. I never had any formal training in working with the mentally ill. I just substituted common decency and respect, and experience did the rest.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       The true sense of community. My husband was born on the Westside and always told me, “The Westside is the best side.” It didn’t take me long to realize how right he was.

“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.