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“…everyone has a reason to love the library.”

I have been in Fort Worth since May 2020 when I got married. I moved here after I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in English/Journalism. I really like the diversity of Fort Worth; all the different cultures, music, and people I have engaged with is something I really appreciate about this city. My husband and I love to eat yummy food here, take a dip in the pool and relax when he is not at a rehearsal. He is a percussion director at Duncanville High School, so we stay very busy attending his concerts and performances. We love the arts and are always listening to and making music.

I volunteer for the Foundation because I believe in the great work that the foundation team does! I have gotten to know and admire Andrea and Karen’s strong leadership, and I see their hard work paying off in sharing with their constituents the innovative programs the library produces. I love writing for the Foundation. Each board member I interview is passionate about what they do and about making a difference, that is why they serve the Foundation. These experiences inspire me to keep supporting the Foundation through giving my time.

I am currently working at ACH Child and Family Services. I started working there in May. I am an Intake Specialist, where I help find children in foster care the safest, happiest, and healthiest place for them to stay. I really like it! It is not easy, but I’m very passionate about children being given the chance they deserve to live a full life; free of harm and full of opportunities to grow and become independent and happy.

Victoria with her husband, Dylan

My passions also include spending time going on adventures with my husband, Dylan Ryan, and listening to people’s stories! I think everyone has a story to tell, and everyone’s voice should be heard. That is why I love the library and the Foundation. The library has such a wide range of services that people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic statuses can benefit from. I work in the nonprofit sector. I have seen firsthand how the library can be the link a person needs to access vital resources. Access to printers, computers, and people who are so willing to help others. These are things I know I take for granted. I love the library because it has a purpose for everyone. That purpose may be different for each person, but everyone has a reason to love the library.