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Monday, May 16, 2011

We love our volunteers! by Stacy

This past month, Stillwater Public Library celebrated National Volunteer Week with a luncheon to honor our volunteers, as well as our Friends of the Library and Trust and Library Board members.  Four volunteers earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award including Arlene Smith, silver medal for 379 hours of service in 2011; Dorothy Carmain, bronze award for 185 hours; Patsy Bostick, bronze for 170 hours; and Rose Edwards, bronze award for 184 hours of volunteer work.

Lynda Reynolds, Library Director, and Arlene Smith, volunteer.

Most exciting was that we were finally able to give the President’s Call to Service Award to Arlene Smith who has been volunteering at the library for twenty years.  This prestigious award recognizes the lifetime achievement of those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service over the course of their lifetime.  Arlene has volunteered nearly 3000 hours since I arrived in 2001, and the meager records I inherited showed that she officially passed the 4000 hour mark this year.  However, there are years and years of uncounted volunteer hours for which I have no records, so I’m sure this award is long, long overdue.

 Library Board members Barbara Miller and Linda Rogers.
 FOL Board member Bill Balcer and Sue Busch, Children's Librarian.
 Our lovely ladies, Dorothy Carmain, Patsy Bostick, and Rose Edwards.
Book sorter Linda Tinney and her son.
Volunteer Nicole Sump-Crethar and Library Board member Tom Warner.

From shelving, mending, helping with genealogy, teaching computer techniques, putting books in order and cleaning the DVDs and CD books to building displays and preparing storytime crafts—our volunteers do it all, and our library would never be able to run without them!

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