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Meet Beth Barton, a 2023 KBF Volunteer.

Meet Beth Barton, a 2023 KBF Volunteer.

November 6, 2023





We appreciate our volunteers and want to learn more about them. We asked Beth Barton to answer several questions.



1. Please tell us something about yourself.

This is my second year volunteering at the KBF. I am a Kentuckian by birth (Glasgow), but I have lived in North Carolina for over 21 years. Although my career is in Construction, I am passionate about books and reading – something I learned from my mother and grandmother. Last year, I joined a book club called Read in Peace. We meet at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC. Now I can combine two of my favorite hobbies: reading and cemeteries (genealogy, really).

2. What was your involvement with KBF23?

I shared the greeting desk for the first two hours of the day. We provided the schedule of events and locations of authors to KBF attendees. It was fast-paced and fun! I especially enjoyed telling the children that they were going to get to choose a free book in the tent. After lunchtime, I helped in the authors’ hospitality area downstairs.

3. We are deeply grateful for the gift of your energy and time. What did the experience give to you?

I loved experiencing the excitement of the arrivals. These are people who love books and bookstores as much as I do! I talked to many volunteers who were also thrilled to be there helping. It’s just a great atmosphere. The authors seemed happy to be there and grateful for the work of the volunteers.

4. Did you have a favorite book from the 2023 festival?

I built in time between my volunteer shifts so that I could meet some authors. I enjoyed speaking to Kay Saffari, Susan Mills, and Kim Wickens among others. I guess I am most excited to read Lark Ascending by Silas House and This is How We End Things by R.J. Jacobs.