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Thank you! Thank you!

by Susan Craig on April 30th, 2015

Nine thousand one hundred and forty hours contributed by Library volunteers in one year.  The average American working full time works 1,700 hours in one year.  The more than 9,000 hours contributed to the Library in 2014 by our 292 volunteers is the equivalent of more than five full time people.  WOW

Tonight we will be thanking the many dedicated people who volunteer to help the Library.  Hour by hour they provide support in a variety of ways and also inspire others to give back as well.  In 2014 volunteers performed a variety of tasks, including checking in books; sorting gifts, staffing The Book End and maintaining the free shelf; helping with book discussions and reading programs at local care centers; and providing children’s programming.

This year is a special because we are celebrating the program’s 35th anniversary.  Although people had been contributing time before then, the official beginning of the volunteer program occurred in 1979 when the first volunteer policy was adopted by the Library Board, just in time for the hundreds of volunteers who formed the human assembly line that moved library materials from the Carnegie building across the street to 123 S Linn in 1981.

Our wonderful volunteers reflect a great community of involved people who support many local efforts.  Our Children’s Services Coordinator who came to Iowa City three years ago has told me more than once that she is amazed at the support that children’s programming receives on a volunteer basis.  A library director who has invested in an automated materials handling system to check in library materials marvels that we are able to accomplish that task with volunteers – ICPL has successfully recruited check in volunteers for more than thirty years.

I can’t list everyone’s name here, but want to call out the people who will be recognized tonight for contributing 1,000 and 1,500 hours to the Library.  We are thanking Kerry Evans, Mary Lou Matheson, Margaret Nelson, and William Pontarelli for 1,000 hours of support, and Jeanette Carter and Richard Dobson for 1,500 hours.

Couldn’t do it without you!

ICPL Honors Volunteers

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 30th, 2015

Iowa City Public Library volunteers provided more than 9,100 hours of service during the 2014 calendar year.

“We are grateful for our volunteers for giving their time and talent to the Library and our community,” Library Director Susan Craig says. “As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Library’s Volunteer Program, it’s a great time to reflect on what a difference our volunteers make.”

In the past 35 years of the program, 4,232 volunteers have worked 251,271 hours assisting with book check-ins, materials maintenance, prepping supplies for events, helping plan teen programs, operating The Book End, and serving on the Board of Trustees, and on the Friends Foundation Board of Directors.

During the 2014 calendar year, 292 volunteers worked at the Library. On Wednesday, April 29, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony, during which 43 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.

Chuck Felling was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Felling has volunteered in the Community & Access Services Department for nearly 15 years. When asked to describe our Volunteer of the Year, Library staff said he was “dedicated, caring and wonderful to work with.”

The Library congratulates Felling on his achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.

Volunteers receiving recognition awards for 2014:

The Iowa City Public Library honored its 2014 teen and adult volunteers during the annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration on April 29. Forty-three volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service and Chuck Felling was named the 2014 Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Pictured are some of the volunteers honored for their hours of service. They are, back row, left to right: Stephen Merkel-Hess; Paul McCarthy; Joel Barnhart; Theo Prineas; Al Paxton; Bill Pontarelli; Natalie Holmes; and Jeanette Carter. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are: Maria Padron; Terri Caplan; Chuck Felling; Becky Johnson; June True; Kerry Evans; Cheryll Clamon; Bobbie Paxton; Deb Schultz; and Mary Lou Matheson. (Photo provided by the Iowa City Public Library)

The Iowa City Public Library honored its 2014 teen and adult volunteers during the annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration on April 29. Forty-three volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service and Chuck Felling was named the 2014 Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year.
Pictured are some of the volunteers honored for their hours of service. They are, back row, left to right: Stephen Merkel-Hess; Paul McCarthy; Joel Barnhart; Theo Prineas; Al Paxton; Bill Pontarelli; Natalie Holmes; and Jeanette Carter. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are: Maria Padron; Terri Caplan; Chuck Felling; Becky Johnson; June True; Kerry Evans; Cheryll Clamon; Bobbie Paxton; Deb Schultz; and Mary Lou Matheson. (Photo provided by the Iowa City Public Library)

100 Hour Award

  • Akash Borde
  • Donna Byers
  • Clara Chua-Sierra
  • Natalie Holmes
  • Iver Hovet
  • Nancy Howe
  • Paul McCarthy
  • Stephen Merkel-Hess
  • Maria Padron
  • Richard Paulus
  • Bobbie Paxton
  • Janis Perkins
  • Theo Prineas
  • Celeste Reyes
  • Patricia Ryan
  • Deborah Schultz
  • Juli Statton
  • Rebekah Walker

200 Hour Award

  • Joel Barnhart
  • Sarah Burnett
  • Rachael Carlson
  • Linda Eastman
  • Jeanne Morris
  • Michelle Nagle
  • Angela Tyler

300 Hour Award

  • Philip Fontana
  • Ronald McCall
  • Kaitlin Thouvenell-Crowley

400 Hour Award

  • Becky Johnson
  • Kathy J. Mitchell
  • Corey Rew

500 Hour Award

  • Terri Caplan
  • Cheryll Clamon
  • Jim Davis
  • Al Paxton
  • Linda J. Prybil
  • June True

1,000 Hour Award

  • Kerry Evans
  • Mary Lou Matheson
  • Margaret Nelson
  • William Pontarelli

1,500 Hour Award

  • Jeanette Carter
  • Richard Dobson

IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 1st, 2014

Iowa City Public Library volunteers provided more than 9,400 hours of service during the 2013 calendar year – the equivalent of nearly five full-time staff members.

“We are grateful for our volunteers for giving their time and talent to the Library and our community,” says Kara Logsden, the Library’s Coordinator of Community and Access Services.

Kara Logsden, the Iowa City Public Library's Coordinator of Community and Access Services, addresses more than 70 volunteers during a reception to thank them for their service.

Kara Logsden, the Iowa City Public Library’s Coordinator of Community and Access Services, addresses more than 70 volunteers during a reception to thank them for their service.

During the 2013 calendar year, 364 volunteers worked at the Library. On Wednesday, April 30, the Library said thank you with a reception and a ceremony, during which 38 volunteers received recognition awards for achieving milestone hours of service.

“These volunteers received hours of service awards ranging from 100 to 3,500 hours, representing a total of 17,200 hours volunteered at the Library,” Logsden says.

Helen Baum was named the Nancy Sereduck Volunteer of the Year. Baum has volunteered in the Community & Access Services Department and The BookEnd since 2004. She was noted in her nomination for her ability to recommend a title “by providing just enough intriguing information but never spoiling the story. From politics to the environment, to history to the lives of individuals from all walks of life, her knowledge and interest in non-fiction reading was very, very broad. Her customer service was top notch.”

Baum retired from volunteering this year and is missed in both departments. Logsden says she remains an inspiration for her dedication to the Library, strong work ethic, and passion for life-long learning.

The Library congratulates Baum on her achievement and thanks all volunteers for their service.

Volunteers receiving recognition awards for 2013:

100 Hour Award

  • Joel Barnhart
  • Brittney Blackburn
  • Amy Blessing
  • Abby Dickson
  • Joshua Franz
  • Teresa Hamilton
  • Vincent Lin
  • Ronald McCall
  • Ann Rhomberg
  • Barbara Stehbens
  • Angela Tyler
  • Cheryl Vowell

200 Hour Award

  • Beth Beasley
  • Philip Fontana
  • Erin Glenn
  • Emily Haworth
  • Kaitlin Thouvenell-Crowley

300 Hour Award

  • Terri Caplan
  • Becky Johnson
  • Jennifer Lam Lu
  • Kathy Mitchell
  • William Moorhead
  • Alexandra Murra
  • Corey Rew

400 Hour Award

  • Elizabeth Carroll
  • Cheryll Clamon
  • Jim Davis
  • Candice Gordon
  • Al Paxton
  • Julie Spencer

500 Hour Award

  • Susan Brown
  • Lori Cochran
  • Karen Eichler
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • Archie Greene

1,000 Hour Award

  • Eileen Robinson

3,500 Hour Award

  • Gloria Lacina
  • Nola Naughton
The Iowa City Public Library recognized volunteers for service during the 2013 calendar year at an event on Wednesday, April 30. More than 350 Library volunteers contributed nearly 9,500 hours of service in 2013. Thirty-eight volunteers received hours of service awards ranging from 100 to 3,500 hours. Among the honorees were, front row, from left: Becky Johnson, Emily Haworth, Elizabeth Carroll, Erin Glenn, and Ronald McCall. Back row, from left: Al Paxton, William Moorhead, Terri Caplan, and Eileen Robinson.

The Iowa City Public Library recognized volunteers for service during the 2013 calendar year at an event on Wednesday, April 30. More than 350 Library volunteers contributed nearly 9,500 hours of service in 2013. Thirty-eight volunteers received hours of service awards ranging from 100 to 3,500 hours. Among the honorees were, front row, from left: Becky Johnson, Emily Haworth, Elizabeth Carroll, Erin Glenn, and Ronald McCall. Back row, from left: Al Paxton, William Moorhead, Terri Caplan, and Eileen Robinson.

 




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