Like the library, Debbie Warnock is an advocate of education and literacy. In May of 2011 she looked to the Ramona Library for an opportunity to volunteer as a literacy tutor, but at the time the community needed a Citizenship Class. Even though Debbie spoke no Spanish, she accepted the challenge, thinking, "I am patient and it will work."
Ms. Warnock was unemployed when she started volunteering, but now works long days, and she says with a smile that "There are times when I wonder why I continue to take on the class." But when the students start arriving at the library and "they are so excited that they have the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen," she realizes that she is making an important difference in their lives. "My students work hard to learn what is necessary for them to pass the test to become a U.S. citizen. In doing that they have so much pride. It's amazing how this has opened my eyes and my heart."
As of February, 2013 ten of Debbie's students have become citizens of the United States.