Many who have visited the local library have inevitably run into an eyeglass-wearing, gray-haired, tall and gently-spoken man shelving books or helping people find them. That’s because Jon King, 61, has volunteered and worked in the Madera County Library headquarters for nearly three decades.
In the current staff, King, a library assistant, is the person who has worked there the longest — sometimes, without pay. Born in Santa Barbara in 1952, King moved to Madera when he was 32.
He was already familiar with the area, however, as he had lived in the Valley during his youth, among other places, including Washington and Nevada, moving from place to place with his family, following his dentist father.
As an adult, King came to Madera in 1985 to enter therapy for schizophrenia...