Summit County Library Appreciation Awards honor volunteers |

Summit County Library Appreciation Awards honor volunteers

Jane Van Baren / Special to the Daily
Jane Van Baren / Special to the Daily |

Become a volunteer

Volunteers are needed at each of the Summit County libraries for such tasks as shelving materials, sorting donations, preparing crafts for preschool story times, keeping the books in order on the shelves, delivery of materials to homebound individuals, book repair and CD and DVD polishing

Call your local library to offer your help: Main Library, Frisco, (970) 668-5555; North Branch Library, Silverthorne, (970) 468-5887; South Branch Library, Breckenridge, (970) 453-6098.

For more information on other volunteer opportunities with Friends of the Library, visit

Summit County Library hosted the Library Appreciation Awards dinner on Friday, Jan. 17. Among the awards given were the Volunteer of the Year and Van Woodford Service awards. More than 37 volunteers, who contributed 25 hours of service or more, were recognized, too.

Four volunteers worked for the library or provided significant service through the Library Foundation, Library Board and the Friends of the Library.

The Summit County Library recognized Pat Taylor for her five years of dedicated service to the library board from 2008 to 2013. Taylor served as president in 2013 of the Summit County Library board, as well as numerous years on the Community Relations Committee and Summit Reads.

Shirley Beaty served as an incredibly reliable and competent shelver at North Branch for many years. Her lively and engaging sense of humor provided an immediate connection with adults and children alike. The idea of a well-stocked library cart at St Anthony’s for the benefit of patients and visitors was her brainchild, and she takes care of it all. The Trustees of the Summit County Library honored Beaty as a 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

Brian Edney continues to provide extraordinary leadership to a reorganized Summit County Library Foundation. He not only brought both energy and focus to the board as its president, but he revitalized its fundraising strategies and efforts. He quickly became the public face of the capital campaign for the new South Branch Library. The Trustees of the Summit County Library also honored Edney as a 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

In addition to this year’s recipients, local residents who have been honored as Summit County Library Volunteers of the Year include Beverley McArthur, Kay Bullington, Richard Hale, Brett Teatro, Becky Morgan, Sue Paluska, Kristina Nethaway, Mary Kidd and Eileen Finkel.

The 2013 Van Woodford Service Award winner has spent his time between the North and Main branch libraries since 2008. Beneath his quiet and reserved exterior beats the heart of a long-term, dedicated and exceptional volunteer, who puts in more than 250 hours of volunteer labor for the library every year. Ken Gray has been invaluable to the library. He offers many helpful suggestions for improving library services, and he cheerfully hauls heavy boxes of books each and every week during book sales.

“He is always ready, willing and able to serve the library’s cause in whatever way he can,” said Joyce Dierauer, library director.

Van Woodford award recipients from previous years include Janet Good, Susan Donaldson, Maggie Cox, Carolyn Wiseman, Cass Dombrowski, Joyce Dierauer, Ron and Kathy Schuman and Randall McKinnon.

To learn more about the Summit County Libraries, visit; “like” the library on Facebook; follow it on Twitter and Pinterest; or simply come by and check out a book, DVD or CD at any of the three locations in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne.

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