LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR
The Livermore Public Library is proud to recognize Sharron Harris as the 2016 Library Volunteer of the Year. Sharron is a compassionate and caring library volunteer who has made a positive difference in the lives of many young library patrons since she started volunteering in 2009. As a retired reading specialist, Sharron uses her knowledge and experience to assist in the Rincon Branch Library’s Homework Help Center. Sharron supports and guides grade school children and young adults as they work through homework assignments. Her positive and encouraging attitude puts students at ease and helps build confidence over time. As well as helping students with homework every week during the school year, last summer Sharron helped launch the Rincon Branch Library’s Summer Reading Bridge. This new program offered one-on-one reading help to students to keep them practicing and improving their reading skills through the summer months. Sharron is a role model to many new adult volunteers in both of these programs. The library could not offer programs like these without dedicated volunteers like Sharron.
Alexis Trujillo has been selected as the Livermore Public Library’s 2016 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year. Alexis has served as a Young Adult Volunteer at the library for the past four summers, assisting with the library’s Summer Reading Program. She also volunteers for the library as a shelf steward, helping to keep the bookshelves neat and in order. Alexis has served on the library’s Teen Advisory Board for one year, including one term as co-chair. On the Teen Advisory Board, she helps plan library programs and services of interest to teens. Alexis is currently a sophomore at Granada High School. She is a very dedicated volunteer and the library is fortunate to have her service.
Marilyn Kamelgarn has been chosen as the Livermore Public Library’s 2016 Literacy Volunteer of the Year. Marilyn began volunteering as an Adult Literacy Tutor in 2004. Those who know her describe Marilyn as patient, friendly and calm - someone with a can-do approach, who cares about everything and has a good sense of humor. Looking back over their time together, her adult learner recently shared, “Before I didn’t know how to write a check, but now I do it myself. When I go shopping, I make a shopping list of all the things I need. Marilyn showed me.” She went on to say, “She is not just my tutor, she is my family and my friend. I like her very, very much and I very, very much appreciate her.” The Livermore Public Library would like to thank Marilyn for her many years of service in support of literacy and for helping her learner achieve her goals.
The Friends of the Livermore Library have selected Joe Bezio and Jackie Schoenberg as their 2016 Volunteers of the Year. Three times a week, Joe Bezio loads up his truck with boxes of donated books and takes them to the Friends’ storage space. He then unloads them in designated spots in preparation for the monthly book sales. Bookstore Manager Neilson says that what Bezio does allows the volunteers to keep processing donations in a timely way. “He has to put the boxes in the right places in the storeroom so the volunteers know where to find them,” said Neilson. Joe Bezio has also restocked items at the satellite bookstores while the regular volunteer was on vacation.
Jackie Schoenberg works a regular shift in the Friends of the Library Bookstore, where she puts both her sorting and people skills to good use. Schoenberg makes sure the shelves are restocked, answers questions and handles the cash register when customers make a purchase. Two times a week, she also picks up books from the bookstore to take to the satellite stores, culling items from the bookstore that she thinks will sell. Then Schoenberg heads out to each location with her boxes of books, restocks the materials offered to the public, and collects the money earned from the book sales in support of the library. The satellite store sales have done very well under her care.
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.