Friends of the James V. Brown Library honor volunteers

The Friends of the James V. Brown Library recently held a celebration to honor the valuable volunteers who help keep the library functioning smoothly. More than 70 guests attended the event.

Attendees were welcomed by Linda Schramm, president of the board of the Friends organization. Melissa Rowse, assistant library director, spoke of the value that volunteers have in the day-to-day life of the library. John Confer, representing the board of trustees, thanked those in attendance for their selfless dedication to the library. Schramm then introduced the various volunteer opportunities that the Friends organization has available, after which Robin Glossner, the library’s development director, and Allison Savage, volunteer coordinator, noted the many volunteer opportunities within the library.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of two awards to outstanding, longtime volunteers. Schramm presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Lynn E. Plankenhorn, who has worked nearly every Wednesday in the Friends Favorites Gently Used Bookstore since it opened five years ago.

Schramm then presented the Carile Brown Award, named for the wife of the library’s founder.

It is given to a person who has devoted unselfishly of their time and energy to the promotion and support of the library and its goals. This year’s Carile Brown honoree is Patricia A Shipman.

She has been a member of the Friends for many years and a board member for at least seven years. She also is the immediate past president of the Friends Board and was part of the sub-committee responsible for developing the bookstore that can be found on the third floor of the Welch Family wing.

She noted that she has been coming to the Brown library ever since her mother brought her to story hours when she was a pre-schooler.

The chairman for the Celebration of Library Volunteers was Shirley Bittenbender, a member of the Friends board of directors.