Recognition night held for volunteers
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Library volunteers were honored recently at the 32nd annual Volunteer Recognition luncheon. Picture are left to right, John Shaw, Hazel Wanker, Susan Hornung, Virg Morrell and Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians Peter Glazer. The theme of the luncheon was “Everything’s coming up roses for our library volunteers.”

The Lake Oswego Public Library's 32nd annual Volunteer Recognition luncheon was held recently at Oswego Lake Country Club with over 120 people in attendance.

Following the theme of 'Everything's Coming Up Roses for Our Library Volunteers,' nine Royal Rosarians were in attendance, including Royal Rosarian Prime Minister Peter Glazer of Lake Oswego. The Rosarians performed a Rose Planting Ceremony in honor of the group. The rose was planted at the library near the parking lot book drop and a plaque will be installed.

Royal Rosarian First Lady and library Volunteer Coordinator Cyndie Glazer organized the luncheon and welcomed the group to start the program.

'I'm happy to announce that everything is 'coming up roses' at the Lake Oswego library,' she said. ' The rose reigns as the world's most popular flower. Think about a rose - beauty, fragrance, vigor, strength, resilience and versatility … much like our hundreds of volunteers at the library. But I also like to think of our library volunteers as the gardeners - with your dedication and assistance, our library continues to bloom like a rose garden and is enjoyed by so many members of our community.'

Library Director Bill Baars gave award pins for years of service to 12 volunteers who had completed one year of service, Linda Apodaca for five years mending books and covering new books, Ellen Becket for 15 years emptying the Lake Grove book drop, Virginia Grabow for genealogy and Ruth Lewis for 20 years volunteering in circulation.

Circulation Manager Donna Ainselie presented Virg Morrell with an outstanding service award for never missing a Wednesday evening shift emptying the Lake Grove book drop.

Reference, Adult Services and Technical Services Manager Jane Carr presented Hazel Wanker with an outstanding service award. A volunteer for over 12 years, Wanker's Monday morning book mending group has repaired 1,764 books in the past year.

Youth Services Manager Jackie Rose presented Susan Hornung with an outstanding leadership award. Hornung shares her technological expertise with every library department, creating databases, designing circulation graphs and even providing free tax assistance to low-income patrons at the library through AARP.

Reference librarian Todd Feinman presented certificates of outstanding service to three volunteers: Hilly Alexander began volunteering Sept. 2006 in the circulation area; Ruth Lewis, a 20-year volunteer, also provides circulation assistance; and Colleen Bennett, Friends of the Library Board president.

The Friends operate Booktique used bookstore and much of the profits are donated to the library in the form of grants.

Other awards of note went to Connie Pauly and the Blue Heron chapter of National Charity League (NCL). Pauly, a dedicated volunteer for 15 years, works each Friday in the circulation area. NCL has recorded over 200 volunteer hours at the library, and were most helpful with many of the Lake Oswego Reads events.

Mayor Judie Hammerstad presented a special award to John Shaw, for his contribution of 427 hours in the past year. In addition to emptying the book drops in the library parking lot, Shaw volunteers at the city hall information desk.

The library has a total of 453 active volunteers who collectively worked a total of 12,165 hours during the past fiscal year.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the library, call Cyndie Glazer at 503-675-2538.