There was a big surprise in store for several groups of volunteers Sunday April 12 during the Northumberland Public Library’s Volunteer Appreciation Event. They received a special certificate from the White House to recognize them for earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Each recipient also received a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating them on their award. President Obama thanked them “for helping to address the most pressing needs in your community and our country.”
Members of three groups received a Gold Award for providing 1,000 hours or more of volunteer service to the library. Those groups were the Friends of the Library (FOL), the Thursday Ladies and the Board of Trustees. Also recognized, with a Silver Award for at least 100 hours of volunteer service to the library, was Izaak Hagy, who provides free information technology assistance to library patrons most Wednesday afternoons.
While only some of the volunteers at the event received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, no one left empty-handed. All of the dozens of library volunteers who gathered in the library’s Meeting Room received a nice individual gift. Each one was given a combination key chain and magnifying glass bearing a logo of intertwined hearts and these words: “Volunteers A Work of Heart!”
Following the presentations, the group enjoyed refreshments that included trays of deli snacks and a slice of cake.
“We wanted to do something for all of you who do so much for the library,” Library Director Alice Cooper said at the beginning of the Volunteer Appreciation Event.
FOL President Ellen Kirby said everyone pulling together makes the library “a truly vibrant place.” Attendees also heard words of praise sent by Jan Bates, the library’s Coordinator of Children’s Programs. Bates noted that without the efforts of volunteers, the library “would cease to be a well-oiled machine.”