Library volunteers honored by Friends of the James V. Brown Library

PHOTO PROVIDED Pictured, above left, are Linda Morris and Ardythe Cross, president of the Friends’ Board.

The Friends of Brown Library celebrated the contributions of volunteers at a reception on April 10 in the Lowry Room during National Library Week. Each week approximately 50 volunteers ranging in age from young adults to senior citizens help with adult programming, work in the Friends Bookstore, shelve books and perform a multitude of other tasks to support the library.

Two special commendations were presented to three individuals. Tom Burkholder received the Carile Brown Award given to a volunteer whose sustained dedication has enabled the library to carry forward community service goals. Burkholder has served on the Brown Library Board of Trustees since 2010, and is currently holding his second term as president. Barbara McGary, library executive director, praised him for his leadership, guidance, support of staff and availability.

Linda Morris and James Cunningham were recognized as Volunteers of the Year. Both are members of the Friends’ Board. Morris, who retired from Pennsylvania College of Technology as assistant vice president for Employee Relations, participates in many Friends’ activities, and chairs the Book Review Luncheon Committee and co-chairs the Special Events Committee. Morris was instrumental in instituting book drop-off days and the Panera Bread fundraiser.

After Cunningham retired as the vice president for Information Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, he organized the first youth chess program for the library. As a board member he contributes his technological expertise to social media outreach and membership records as well as helping with other committee work and book sales. Cunningham has recently moved from the area, but will continue to participate with the Board remotely.