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Shining Bright

Shining Bright

Celebrating FCPL’s Star Volunteers

By Erin Chernisky, Volunteer Services Program Manager

With 23 branches serving more than a million people, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) relies on many people to help serve the community. In addition to the amazing staff who work tirelessly to provide services, programming and assistance to library visitors, there is another group whose contributions are vital to the success of FCPL’s mission. Last year, over 900 volunteers selflessly gave 75,000 hours of their time in service to our library. And beyond the hours worked, they have served as ambassadors – reminding others of the importance of the public library within the community.

To recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of library volunteers and community partners, FCPL annually hosts the Star Volunteer Awards. Employees nominate volunteers, who are honored for longevity and exceptional service. This year, the library and its Board of Trustees, along with Virginia Delegate Mark Sickles, recognized 17 volunteers at its April board meeting, held at George Mason Regional Library on Wednesday, April 3.

A heartfelt congratulations to the 2024 awardees!

Category: 3,000 Hours of Service

  • Nicholas Wenri, Reston Regional Library

Category: 1,000 Hours of Service

  • Pat Casano, John Marshall Library
  • Vikki Doss, Herndon Fortnightly Library
  • Penny Halpern, Herndon Fortnightly Library
  • Nancy Hartman, Kings Park Library
  • Bonnie Huzil, Dolley Madison Library
  • Virginia McNulty, Kingstowne Library
  • Nancy Mitarotonda, Kingstowne Library
  • Roger Miller, Kings Park Library
  • Joan Phillips, City of Fairfax Regional Library

Category: Exceptional Service

  • Debbie Bayless, Burke Centre Library
  • Laureen Branting, Herndon Fortnightly Library
  • Charlotte Buntoro, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library
  • Kathy Hymes, Kings Park Library
  • Tanisha Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Library
  • Joe Urban, City of Fairfax Regional Library
  • Elaine Varner, Dolley Madison Regional Library
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