Volunteers Honored for Long and Varied Service

Eric Lashley presenting Judy Johnston's award

Eric Lashley presenting award to Judy Johnston

At an appreciation luncheon in several weeks ago, the library staff saluted the work of all of our volunteers and recognized three individuals for their outstanding service. Judy Johnston received the public services award. Not only has she long been a faithful and hardworking volunteer who empties the bookdrop, checks in materials, and shelves books, she served from 2004 until 2007 on the Library Advisory Board, and after going off the Board, continued for another year as its representative to the Central Texas Library System. Finally, for several years she was the library’s unpaid volunteer coordinator who recruited, trained, and scheduled our many volunteers. We were pleased to have this opportunity to recognize her dedication to making this library the best it can be.

Leo Hamilton received the technical services award. A retired librarian whose professional love is cataloging books, Leo has done original cataloging for the library since December 2000. There were times when we were far behind with our cataloging that he put in more than twenty hours in a week, a schedule that only the rare volunteer is willing to maintain. Health problems have forced him to cut back on his hours, but we still rely on him heavily to figure out what to do with those obscure books (usually donations) that need to be added to the collection. Unfortunately, illness also prevented Leo from attending the volunteer luncheon, so he received his award in a small ceremony with the staff.

Mary Beth Huba and Rosa Garcia

Mary Beth Huba and Rosa Garcia

Mary Beth Huba received the children’s services award for twenty-five years of sharing her wonderful talent as a storyteller. Mary Beth’s day job is being the librarian at Benold Middle School. But for the past twenty-five years she has shared her summer vacation time with the library, providing storytime sessions for us nearly every week. And Mary Beth doesn’t just read stories to the kids-she makes stories come to life! Like Judy and Leo, the real treasure Mary Beth brings to the library is loving what she does.

The library depends on volunteers to do nearly all of the checking in and shelving of our circulating materials. The hours that volunteers contribute to the library each month is equivalent to four full-time employees! Clearly, we could not operate without that help. If you are interested in volunteering at the library, overviews of all of our programs (adult, teen, and community service) are available on our website (library.georgetown.org). If you’d like to apply, fill out an application and contact Kathleen Bowling (930-3624), our volunteer coordinator, to set up an interview.

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