2009 Star Volunteer Awards
Interstate Worldwide Relocation and Southland
Interstate Worldwide Relocation and Southland Concrete were crucial volunteer partners of Art in the Pages, the first large-scale public art sculpture project in Fairfax County. Interstate Worldwide Relocation moved all of the large statues several times including to the artist workspaces, to the paint-in location in the city of Fairfax and finally to the display locations. The estimated value of their contribution is over $10,000.
Southland Concrete designed, poured, and delivered specialized concrete bases to the paint in location and then coordinated with Interstate to deliver bases in tandem with the sculptures in all weather. The estimated value of their contribution is in excess of $20,000.
The project developed into a larger task than initially assumed due to timing, statue weathering and other unexpected factors. However these organizations provided many days of heavy equipment and manpower (including some 12-hour days!) to make the Art in the Pages project a success.
Length of Service Volunteers who have volunteered over 1,000 hours. Each volunteer received a certificate and a Jefferson Cup.
City of Fairfax
Pat has been a volunteer for the Information Department for 10 years and has been involved in cataloging the music collection, answering reference questions at the information desk, and tutoring customers in how to use both the Internet and Microsoft office programs. Pat brings to the library community a distinguished library background. She has prior experience at both Yale and Brown Universities, and Pat is currently the Special Collections Coordinator at the Library of Congress.
Pat checks in delivery and book drop on Wednesday mornings as well as searching and processing the items on the clean hold shelf report. She also helps process the holds for the day which greatly helps staff complete the task in a timely manners. Pat is very efficient and a hard worker; never taking a break until the job is done. She often comes in an extra day when the library is short staffed which helps to keep the work room tasks moving smoothly.
Kathe has amassed 1,000 volunteer hours in less than two years working both at home and in the Virginia Room. She came on board to take care of most of the requests for articles people find in the Library’s online Historical Newspaper Index. She pulls the articles, copies and mails them and bills the customers. The bulk of Kathe’s time is spent doing research. She takes on more complicated and time-consuming questions that come to the Virginia Room via email and she digs very deeply to answer them. Kathe has gone so far as to visit cemeteries and courthouses in other counties and also conduct research while on vacation in Boston and New York. She has collected very interesting information on Fairfax County families and in addition some of her thorough research has resulted in cash donations to the Virginia Room.
Lynne staffs the circulation desk twice a week and comes in at other times when extra coverage is needed. She offers friendly, helpful and courteous service. In addition to her work at the desk, Lynn helps empty the delivery bins, locates books on the pick list, processes holds and graciously shelves books when the need arises.
Mary Bogdan has been volunteering at Kingstowne since before it opened. She is a steady and reliable Tuesday morning volunteer helping to process deliveries. It is a comforting to know that we have such a diligent and hard working volunteer.
Almetha Powell is a steady and reliable Thursday morning volunteer helping to process deliveries. She has been at Kingstown since 2001. It is a pleasure for the branch staff and especially for new volunteers, to be greeted by Almetha’s friendly demeanor and welcoming smile.
Gail has been a member of the Reston Times newspaper indexing team since 1999 and has been the sole volunteer working on this project for the past two years. This January, she hit a major milestone when she completed indexing all issues of the 1970s. The index is included in the Fairfax County Library’s home page and is used by historians and genealogists. Her good humor, knowledge of Reston, and attention to detail make her an invaluable volunteer and indexer extraordinaire.
Emma is a dedicated pick list volunteer. She is at the branch every Monday and Friday morning to look for customer holds. She even willingly tackled a 16-page pick list just after Christmas!
Albert has been volunteering at Sherwood’s circulation desk since 2000. He provides essential coverage for staff meetings, helps to promptly get materials checked in and answers the phones at the branch.
For over eight years, Barbara has faithfully come in each Wednesday morning to process delivery materials for the Circulation Department. The staff love her cheerfulness and expedient assistance. Additionally, she has helped with the continuous book sale. She was most generous during the Branches recent closing and moving in January, volunteering to shift materials and perform tasks as needed.
Wally has been volunteering since 2004. He began helping with delivery, but now focuses on finding pick list items and processing them for the customers. He is a reliable volunteer coming in twice a week. Wally is attentive to the fine details of a catalogued system and is one of the few who will spot the rare miscataloged item.
Bette Behringer, 3,000 hours!
Bette has been a valued circulation desk volunteer since 1991. She performs all service desk duties diligently – welcoming and respecting Pohick’s large and diverse clientele. She provides exceptional customer service with a ready smile, exercising sound judgment and using friendly scripts to deal with touchy situations. Although it’s a 20-mile commute each way for her, Bette is loyal to the Pohick branch and comes every Thursday to work a four-hour shift.
Exceptional Service Volunteers
These volunteers contributed their time and talents to a special project or task over the past year which was beyond expectations for their branch and the library system. They each receive a certificate and a Jefferson Cup.
City of Fairfax
Priya and Robert D’Souza
This husband and wife team has volunteered at the City of Fairfax Regional Library for the past eight years. They make a wonderful technology team and have provided training for library customers in how to use the Internet, library databases and Microsoft Office programs. On a monthly basis, they teach the basics of either Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point or Access. Over the years, their instruction has reached over 1,000 library customers. Both Priya and Robert have excellent communication skills and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. They are a great asset to the library community.
Shirley’s willingness to help whenever and wherever needed was highlighted this past year by her willingness to cover other volunteers’ lengthy absences and learning new tasks such as processing holds and working on locating book from the various reports. She now regularly volunteers twice a week. If called she will come in at a moment’s notice and stay as long as needed, once even putting in an eight-hour day! She recently volunteered to help recycle the holds slips by taking them home to cut so the library can use them again. Shirley’s tremendous commitment and flexibility is atypical and most welcome in this time of budget cuts and scheduling changes.
On her own initiative, Carol Dickerson has lent her time and talent as a Master Gardener to transform several overgrown areas outside the John Marshall Library into an inviting and beautifully landscaped exterior. She actively recruited, trained and supervised volunteers from organizations and corporations to help with the project. In addition, Carol created a chart identifying the plants in each landscaped area that both staff and the public use as a teaching tool and has presented a program for the public on landscaping. Because of Carol’s efforts, the Friends of the John Marshall Library no longer pay a private landscape company to care for a memorial garden that she now maintains. Carol’s creativity and expert green thumb have turned an eyesore into a beautiful landscape appreciated by all who visit or pass by the John Marshall Library.
David has had a critical role in Patrick Henry’s active gaming program for two years, initially as a participant and now as a Gaming Assistant. David has helped with over 40 program doing both the set up and tear down of the many different gaming modules used as the branch including Wii games, Dance Dance Revolution and online gaming. In addition he has helped with set up for anime movies and assisting with visiting bands. David’s cool manner is a comfort in the face of troubling technical glitches and his polite and sensitive treatment of program attendants have won him accolades from the branch staff as well as the parents of participants.
Justin began volunteering only a year ago, but quickly proved himself to be a stellar volunteer, willing and able to tack on any task including the Missing List, moving collections and shelf reading. Justin is a very precise shelf reader and in rapid time put the branch’s Science Fiction collection into excellent shape. Following his success in SciFi he moved on to the give Young Adults, Mystery, and Westerns the same treatment. He has even recruited a friend to volunteer as well!
Hayley Lawrence and Lupita Parra
Hayley and Lupita teach computer classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access to library customers and have received enormous amounts of praise from the customers. They are very willing to adapt their schedules to fit the classes on two Saturday afternoons and do both group classes and one-on-one instruction. Although they frequently teach as a team, if one person is unavailable the other steps in and teaches solo. Hayley and Lupita serve the community by helping people gain skills needed to do job applications, use computers more efficiently in their work and to enhance their personal use of computers. Their students say they have learned more at the Woodrow Wilson Library for free than in other classes they have paid to take! Hayley and Lupita are valued assets to the Woodrow Wilson community.
Robert has been volunteering as a part of Woodrow Wilson’s Chess Club for the past year coaching children on a weekly basis. He teaches them strategy, score keeping and higher chess skills. Robert also makes special trips to the library before tournaments for additional coaching sessions. As a result, several students did very well at the recent Scholastic Chess Tournament. The branch staff and parents of these children and are very grateful for his time and effort to teach the children and lead them to success.
Denise began volunteering last fall with Interlibray Loan. Since FCPL holdings were posted to OCLC’s WorldCat last year, requests to lend our materials to customers of other library systems has grown to over 500 per month. Denise handles every aspect of the requests from evaluating them against our lending policies, placing holds on qualifying items, communicating with the inquiring systems, preparing items for shipping and then processing the returns. Denise’s professionalism and attention to detail has resulted in an impressive impact on our relations with other libraries and generated a priceless amount of goodwill.
Joan Kane provided enthusiastic and outstanding leadership for the Art in the Pages projects going above and beyond her volunteer duties as Chair of the Library Foundation Board of Directors. She staffed the artist workspace for many weeks, prepared for the artist paint-in event, sponsored a statue, recruited corporate partners, secured sponsorships and worked with the local media to promote the projects. Joan also assisted several days with helping to deliver the statues from early in the morning to late at night. Thanks to her dedication this Foundation and Library partnership was a huge success!