Jenifer Dever has been chosen as the Livermore Public Library’s Volunteer of the Year. Jenifer Dever (center, pictured with Supervising Librarian Gary Myer and Assistant Library Director Tamera LeBeau) has been a volunteer “Adult Listener” for the Livermore Public Library Summer Reading Program for a number of years. In this capacity, she has listened to children report on books they have read for the Summer Reading Program in both the Rincon and Civic Center libraries. In the spring of 2011, she took on the additional responsibility of becoming the Library’s Summer Reading Program Assistant, helping with a wide variety of tasks—including counting and sorting prizes, creating hundreds of packets of flyers for distribution to Livermore schools, entering statistical data, and more. She also joined the Library’s Craft Volunteers team in 2011, preparing materials for craft programs, helping children and parents during craft programs, and helping with setup and takedown before and after craft events. In the fall of 2012, she took on the additional task of becoming a “Paws to Read” Volunteer as well, compiling lists of contact information on attendees and contacting families to remind them of the program. Jenifer has been an outstanding volunteer in support of Youth Services at the Livermore Public Library!
Peg Scott has been chosen as the Livermore READ Project’s Volunteer of the Year. Peg Scott first joined the READ Project in April of 2006. She began tutoring at the Livermore Library, but she didn’t stop there...she was determined to bring the READ Project to the Heritage Estates complex where she lived. Peg saw a need for English education among the kitchen and housecleaning staff, and she knew that her fellow residents had time to volunteer. Peg single-mindedly pursued her idea, and after numerous discussions with the Heritage Estates management it was agreed that any kitchen or housekeeping staff person who wanted to improve his/her English skills would be given an hour off (with pay) each week to attend classes. Students immediately signed up, the READ Project trained Heritage Estates residents as volunteer tutors, and tutoring began there in April 2008. Peg continues to oversee the program at Heritage Estates, and she currently supervises 18 tutors who work with 27 students. She is constantly coordinating with management, recruiting tutors, pairing up tutors and students, and monitoring the tutoring sessions…and at the same time she continues to work with her student at the Livermore Library. While all the tutors at Heritage deserve recognition, Peg Scott is the driving force behind the program there.
Bill Leach (pictured with Friends of the Livermore Library President, Janice Diane) has been chosen by the Friends of the Livermore Library as their Volunteer of the Year. Shortly after becoming a Bookstore volunteer, Bill took over the job of managing the Friends’ two satellite stores, one at the Starbucks on Airway Boulevard and the other at the Panama Red cafe downtown. He has done an excellent job, raising income from these stores, reorganizing the shelves, surveying the customers to find out what kinds of books interest them and providing detailed, up-to-date reports to the Friends’ Board. He also researches book prices online for the more valuable donations, helps out at the Friends’ Monthly Sales and moves boxes of books to and from the Bookstore and storeroom. Bill is a wonderfully enthusiastic and energetic volunteer who is very well-liked by all with whom he interacts.
The Livermore Public Library is grateful for the generous help provided by these and the many other volunteers who serve in various ways throughout the library.