The Livermore Public Library is proud to recognize Jim Berry as the 2018 Library Volunteer of the Year. Jim was one of the original partners in launching the Library’s Create Lab in January 2017. The Create Lab is a hands-on learning space for children in grades K – 6. Jim has generously donated his time nearly every Saturday to provide support at the Create Lab’s computer and electronics table. He teaches children about the computer software tools and robots available for use in the Create Lab. Jim makes software suggestions to the Supervising Librarian and is always looking for ways to improve the program. Jim is the former President and current Vice-President of the Robot Garden, a local robotics themed Makerspace for hobbyists and entrepreneurs. He frequently mobilizes other Robot Garden members to volunteer in the Create Lab with him. Jim’s dedication has been a positive factor in the ongoing success of the Create Lab.
Rebecca Wheeler has been selected as the Livermore Public Library’s 2018 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year. Rebecca served as one of the Library’s Summer Reading Volunteers from 2014 to 2016. In 2017, she began volunteering during the school year as well, using her artist talents to create drafts of program flyers for teen events and events at the Springtown Branch Library. She plans to continue her volunteer efforts next year as well. Rebecca is currently a junior at Livermore High School where she is a founding member of SweNext: Society of Women Engineers Next. She formed this club to help young women get interested in engineering careers. Rebecca is also a member of National Honor Society and is active in Rotary’s Interact Club. She will be touring college campuses this fall and plans to focus her studies on biology or chemical engineering.
Robin Drotleff has been chosen as the Livermore Public Library’s 2018 Literacy Volunteer of the Year. Robin began volunteering for the Library as a tutor in the Literacy Program. When she was no longer able to do so because of vision difficulties, she generously offered to help the Literacy Program in other ways. Drawing on her expertise as a trainer working in the private sector, she assisted with the design and facilitation of strategic planning sessions with literacy volunteers. She also helped refine the Library’s volunteer tutor training to address specific learning objectives. Robin now assists in the delivery of the Library’s tutor training where she shares her valuable perspective as an experienced former tutor. She also helps with the Literacy Program’s outreach efforts, including outreach at the annual Rodeo parade and the Farmers’ Market. In addition, Robin hosts the Library’s Adult Learner Reading Club.
The Friends of the Livermore Library have selected Nikki Vanderpool and Mary Meyer as their 2018 Volunteers of the Year. Nikki has volunteered with the Friends of the Livermore Library for 2 ½ years, assisting with their online book sales. Nikki has a background in Library Information Science and a BA in Art Studio. In addition to her volunteer work, her hobbies include painting, drawing and photography. Nikki has a Shih Tzu mix named Gidget. (They were hoping the name would result in balanced sweetness and spunk, but Gidget is definitely more spunk). Nikki has lived in Livermore since 2000.
Mary Meyer assists the Friends of the Livermore Library by helping to train all of the Bookstore volunteers. She also assists in maintaining the Bookstore operations manual. Mary began her career as a Deputy Sheriff at the Police Academy. She is currently writing a memoir about her time in the Police Academy and working at the Alameda County jail. Mary loves to read and especially enjoys mysteries and classics. She has lived in Livermore since 1976.
The Livermore Public Library is grateful for the generous help provided by these and the many other volunteers who serve throughout the library.
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