Former Westfield resident Freia Mitarai will discuss “The Volunteer Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City," in the final 2014 presentation of the Anne and Lee Hale Speaker Series.

The talk is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad St., Westfield.

Mitarai, now a Manhattan resident, became a volunteer before working her way up to serve as the museum’s Volunteers Manager, a post she held for a few years beginning in 2008. Under her direction, approximately 1,400 volunteers assisted the museum as tour guides, information desk workers, researchers, etc. She remains a member of the museum’s Volunteer Organization Executive Committee.

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Mitarai, a native of Germany, has said that “anyone who enjoys the arts, loves learning about it, and can afford working without pay should be happy to have the opportunity of volunteering in a museum.”

A past executive director of The Westfield Foundation and former president of the Westfield Day Care Center Auxiliary, Mitarai also was active in many other community organizations during the years she resided in Westfield.

The Speaker Series, hosted by the Friends of Westfield Memorial Library, is named after the late Anne Hale, a library patron who died in 2007, and her husband, Lee, a longtime community volunteer who passed away last year. Funding is provided by the Thomas Glasser Foundation and the Anne and Lee Hale Fund.

The speech is open to the public but pre-registration is required by registering online at and clicking on the Online Calendar, or by calling 908-789-4090 ext. 0.