by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Spark Photography

Take a Page Out of Her Book

Since she was a little girl, 15-year-old Haley Nguyen has always spent a lot of time at her local library. “I’ve always gone to the library, wherever I’ve lived, beginning from when I was very little,” shared Haley. “There is something very welcoming, homey, yet exciting about libraries.” So, last summer, when Haley noticed a sign outside of the Scripps Ranch Library requesting a volunteer to help decorate the window display, she was quick to contact the Friends of the Library. “I’m very proud of the summer window display I did!” exclaimed Haley. “I was also offered more volunteer opportunities. I soon began a regular shift in Grace’s Book Nook and began participating in the Library’s Teen Council.”

Since her start in volunteering for the library, Haley has become an advocate for getting others involved, as well. “The Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers to fill shifts in Grace’s Book Nook,” explained Haley. “The Book Nook brings in much of the revenue they donate to activities, events, and materials for the library.”  She continued, “Also, if you’re not already, I would encourage you to become a member of Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. It’s inexpensive, but goes a long way towards building the community through our library.”


Haley – who has lived in Scripps Ranch for almost three years – is a sophomore at Scripps Ranch High School, where she is a member of the Mock Trial and Model United Nations club. “My favorite part of school, besides the people, of course, is the clubs,” she shared. “There are so many of them and they are so welcoming. It’s a great opportunity to explore interests.”

Name: Haley Nguyen (15)
Community: Jerabek area
Volunteer Affiliation: Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library
Family: Parents – Lisa and Henry Nguyen; Sister – Jenna
Hobbies & Interests: Model United Nations, travel, sailing, watercolor, succulent propagation, reading, theoretical physics

Name of Group:  Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library
Group’s Purpose: SRFOL is an organization that assists the Scripps Miramar Library in community building through fundraising, sponsoring programs, and supporting events of the public library.

Aside from school, Haley’s activities include volunteering at Marshall Middle School and for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “Oh, and I’ve been Master of Ceremonies for Science Night at E.B. Scripps Elementary before too,” she added.

But her activity of choice is visiting the Scripps Ranch library. “My favorite place in Scripps is, not surprisingly, the library,” said Haley. “When I’m there, I always seem to be bumping into people I know!”
Haley’s wish for the library would be that it continues to increase its visitors. “The library is a wonderful place for people to participate in events, meet with friends, or just check out books and other media,” stated Haley. “The more visitors in the library, the greater its success in building community.” She added, “September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, so if you don’t have a library card yet, now is the time to get one!”