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Summit County library honors volunteers

Summit County, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Summit County libraries are growing dramatically. Since 2000, circulation of books, DVDs, and other materials has increased by 29,000 per year. During the same time period, visitors to the libraries have increased by nearly 69,000 per year.

Recognizing the library’s indebtedness to its volunteers, the Library Board recently acknowledged five volunteers with awards. The occasion was a yearly get together of supporters of the library.

The five honorees ” Susan Donaldson, Maggie Cox, Janet Good, Kay Bullington and Beverly McArthur ” have given countless hours to the library. According to board member Len Shipman, “They lighten the load of others. They have a commendable spirit of public service. They are unique because they measure the quality of their lives by what they are able to do for others and by what they are able to give back to the community and the library they love.”

Actually, the Library Board established two awards for volunteers. The first, a Volunteer of the Year award, was received this year by Kay Bullington and Beverly McArthur. Bullington volunteers at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne. She organizes displays and sorts through donated books to add to the collection. She gave 281 hours to the library in 2006. But her greatest contribution was her tireless work with the Friends of the Library Bookstore where she put in an exhausting schedule and helped raise considerable funds for various library programs.

Beverly McArthur gave many hours of her time to the South Branch Library in Breckenridge. “She does everything,” according to Julie Commons, South Branch librarian. Beverly works with kids, solves computer problems, and fills in wherever help is needed. She volunteered three days a week from May through October last year.

The second award acknowledged three volunteers for their long-term service to the libraries. Named the Van Woodford Award, after longtime library employee Van Woodford, it was received by Susan Donaldson, Maggie Cox and Janet Good. Donaldson was acknowledged for her service with the Friends of the Library and her many years on the Library Board. She has been a fixture in library activities for nearly 15 years. Cox could be called a “super volunteer” because of her wide ranging volunteer activities. Good, who is also the North Branch librarian, is always prepared to help after hours and weekends in any capacity needed.

“We treasure our volunteers and couldn’t get by without them,” says Joyce Dierauer, director of the Summit County Library.

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