2011 Volunteers of the Year

 Don Meeker, Volunteer of the Year
Don Meeker has been chosen as the Livermore Public Library Volunteer of the Year. Don Meeker has served the Library in various volunteer roles for a number of years. He has worked as a Shelf Steward at Civic Center, keeping the book shelves straightened and in order. During the school year, he serves as a volunteer in the Homework Hangout at the Rincon Branch, assisting students of all ages with their homework assignments. Don has devoted numerous hours in working with the microfilm collection at Civic Center, assisting with a grant-funded digitization project. He also created searchable PDF files containing content from the "Bunshah Index" to issues of Tri-Valley Newspapers, including a subject index covering 1899-1994 and an obituary index for the years 1874-2004. These searchable files will be very useful to researchers for many years to come. In addition to these projects, Don has even played the role of Santa Claus each December for special storytimes at Civic Center and the branches. Don brings many talents to the Livermore Public Library and we are pleased to honor him as our Library Volunteer of the Year. Photo from left: Gary Myer, Supervising Librarian; Don Meeker, Volunteer of the Year; Susan Gallinger, Director of Library Services; and Tamera LeBeau, Assistant Library Director.

Sue Spangler, Literacy Volunteer of the Year

Sue Spangler has been chosen as the READ Project Volunteer of the Year. Sue Spangler joined the READ Project in July 2001.  She has worked with 10 students since then, and she has approached each tutoring situation with dedication and patience.  Sue has been very generous with her time and her talents.  In addition to tutoring, she facilitated the conversation class for awhile, and she’s even designed helpful, detailed worksheets to share with the other tutors. Sue creates lesson plans to meet any specific needs that her students might have, and she has always been flexible and accommodating. She is currently working with three different students... all on Wednesdays. Sue has been meeting with Alia since June 2003, Antonieta since April 2010, and Xue Han since November 2010. The Livermore Library and the Livermore READ Project are very fortunate to have her as a tutor and are pleased to honor her as our Literacy Volunteer of the Year. Photo:  Antonieta Soto, Tutoring Student (left) with Tutor Sue Spangler (right).

Janice Diane and Olga Carroll
Olga Carroll has been chosen as the Friends of the Livermore Library Volunteer of the Year. Olga Carroll has been a volunteer for Friends of the Livermore Library for so many years that even she can't remember exactly how long it's been.  She works the Saturday afternoon shift at the Bookstore every week (stop in and say hello!) and is always willing to fill in as a substitute for others when they can't do their shifts.  You may also find her volunteering at the Valley Care Thrift Store.  Always a quiet, gentle, caring presence, Olga is loved by volunteers and patrons -- a true asset to our community. Photo: Janice Diane, Friends of the Library President (left) with Olga Carroll, Friends Volunteer of the Year (right).

The Livermore Public Library is grateful for the generous help provided by these volunteers and by the many other volunteers who serve in various ways throughout the library.