Last year, our library volunteers contributed close to 13,000 hours of labor, checking out and shelving hundreds of thousands of items, processing 10,000 new items, and greeting about 700 visitors every day. They sold used books, baked cookies, led programs and book clubs, quilted and made crafts, collected community history, cleaned toys, and helped in the gardens and trails.
In addition, our Friends of the Library organized and hosted our annual Artisans’ Market, a major fundraising and cultural event that is a highlight of our programming calendar. And our Board of Trustees gathered monthly to review finances and policies and to help us set in motion our next Strategic Plan.
This past Sunday, we honored their contributions. Three teen volunteers – Geethika Hemkumar, Hannah Davis, and Michael Hla – received scholarships from our Friends Group. And eleven volunteers were awarded a 400-hour Presidential Service Pin: Elizabeth Bezanson, Chris Brailas, Sherry Crickmer, Anita Edwards, Carol Groves, Anneliese Ibrahim, Jane Jatinen, Samantha Mudd, Nikki Snyder, Mary Swierenga, and Ellen Weed.
The generosity of our volunteers is emblematic of this community, which contributes not only through volunteerism, but through donation, participation, and action on behalf of others. This is how we connect, bearing witness to each other’s talents, accomplishments, and needs. It’s what makes this area home, a place we remember with pride and fondness for all our lives.
Thank you all, for all you do!