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Mary Williams, 2015 Richland Library Volunteer of the Year

2015 Volunteers of the Year

From pulling requested materials, sorting and pricing book donations, to supporting technology training, Richland Library volunteers help maximize library resources and services to our customers and community. On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the library recognized the efforts of more than 100 volunteers at a special event at the Main Library.

Mary Williams (pictured at left), the library’s Adult Volunteer of the Year, has contributed more than 1,000 hours to the Main Library Checkout department. Since 2009, Mary has assisted the Checkout staff pulling requests, locating trace items, and shifting books or materials. Mary always has a helping hand for other departments that have a need on her scheduled volunteer day. She might stuff envelopes, sort materials,update shelving signage or more. The library staff are impressed by her focus, energy and willingness to do whatever is considered a department priority.

Martin Li, the library’s Teen Volunteer of the Year, joined the library program the summer prior to 5th grade and is now a graduating senior at Spring Valley High School. Martin is so well known in the Children’s Room that the staff literally breathes a sigh of relief when they know that he will be coming to volunteer. An accomplished musician, Beta Club, and Science National Honor Society member, Martin has contributed over 300 hours of service helping with the daily work and programs in the Main Library Children’s Room.

Ana Ducra, the library’s Junior Volunteer of the Year, has volunteered more than 60 hours at the Main Library Children’s Room. Ana’s talents include sorting book carts, assisting with craft projects and mending stuffed animals and puppets that need special attention. Her love for the library shows through in her dedication to assist in the Children’s Room in addition to her many extracurricular activities.

Another 14 library volunteers were recognized with various levels of The President’s Volunteer Service Award, an initiative of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Recipients of this prestigious award include: Dennyse Breter, Gary Breter, Tracy Brown, Robert Carmichael, Jasmine Dancy, Ari Derrick, Kathrine Epling, Carol Gamble, Paula Glass, Andrea Gray, Padmavathi Kappala, Katie Holland, Lynda Kuntz and Jovi Thomas.

The Richland Library relies on adult and youth volunteers to support our programs and help provide great experiences for our customers. Last year, 1,177 volunteers contributed more than 23,000 hours, a value of more than $453,000. To volunteer or for more information, call 803-929-3436 or visit www.richlandlibrary.com/volunteer.