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Library Honors Volunteers of the Year

The Livermore Public Library is proud to recognize Gail O’Donnell as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Gail has been a library volunteer since 2012. In that time, she has planned, prepared, and implemented over two hundred children’s craft events at the Civic Center, Rincon and Springtown libraries. Gail is instrumental in creating and posting the artwork for the children’s room bulletin boards. As a dog enthusiast herself, Gail has graciously volunteered to be an assistant in the library’s “Paws to Read” program where children practice their reading by reading to dogs. Her various other volunteer efforts have included preparing materials for the library’s Summer Reading Program and keeping the children’s room closets clean and organized. Her dedication to children’s services has been invaluable to library staff and her efforts have resulted in better services for library patrons.

Faiz Mohammed has been selected as the Livermore Public Library’s 2015 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year. Faiz originally became a library volunteer when he was in 5th grade. He has assisted with the library’s Summer Reading Program for the past three years and has volunteered for the past two years as a shelf steward. While assisting with the library’s Summer Reading Program, Faiz was often complimented by parents for being so good with the young children and coaxing them to discuss the books they read. Throughout the year, Faiz serves as a volunteer shelf steward at the Civic Center Library where he helps to keep library shelves neat, clean and organized. He has been very reliable in working his volunteer shifts and is always conscientious in completing his work. Faiz is thirteen years old and attends Mendenhall Middle School.

Kathy Hockett has been chosen as the Livermore Public Library’s 2015 Literacy Volunteer of the Year. She has volunteered in the library’s Literacy Program since 2003. Kathy’s qualities as an outstanding adult literacy tutor include her patience and steadfast support of each of the adult learners she has worked with over the years. She is dedicated to incorporating meaningful learning activities guided by the interests of each individual into her tutoring sessions. Although he is working two jobs and raising a family, her current adult learner looks forward to his tutoring time with Kathy. He describes Kathy as very kind and friendly, “a great person” who has taught him a lot and makes him feel comfortable. Kathy recently shared, “I’ve met some fascinating people with incredible life stories who are determined to improve their reading and writing skills for many different reasons. You can’t help but be inspired by their enthusiasm! It’s always a pleasure to work with them.” Kathy’s commitment to helping Livermore’s adult literacy learners is an inspiration as well.

The Friends of the Livermore Library have selected Wes Thyberg as their 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Wes began volunteering in the Friends of the Library Bookstore about three years ago. Bookstore Manager Catie Neilson said that Wes goes beyond the norm in being helpful, including tackling things mechanical, running errands when needed, and helping with special book sales. When asked why he started volunteering there, he said, “I really like to read and to physically hold a book in my hands.” While volunteering in the bookstore, he assists patrons in finding what they want by asking a few questions about their interests. Wes is so pleased to be helping readers find books to enjoy. “So many come in not knowing what they want. But when they leave,” he said with a smile, “they are happy as can be.”

The Livermore Public Library is grateful for the generous help provided by these and the many other volunteers who serve in various ways throughout the library.