LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR
The Livermore Public Library is grateful for the generous help provided by these and the many other volunteers who serve throughout the Library. For further information about volunteer opportunities at the Livermore Public Library, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.
The Livermore Public Library is proud to recognize Renee Lau (pictured above, top left) as the 2019 Library Volunteer of the Year. Renee has been volunteering for the Library since 2014, serving as a host for Library programs. During this time, she has co-hosted and hosted approximately 75 adult programs. She also volunteers annually during the Summer Reading City Council Nights. Renee always has a big smile on her face, and knows how to handle the crowd. Whether the program has ten attendees or 100, her interactions with attendees are always full of positive energy. Renee goes out of her way to make sure that the visiting speakers and performers are comfortable and have what they need for their presentations. Renee is an indispensable volunteer who represents the Library with poise and enthusiasm.
Izzy Kuntz (pictured above, top center) has been selected as the Livermore Public Library’s 2019 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year. Izzy began volunteering in the Library’s Summer Reading Program in 2016. Following that summer, she joined the Library as a year-round volunteer, volunteering for two hours each week. Izzy helps the children’s librarian prepare props and toys for story times. She also helps with craft preparation, special projects, and organizing the Library’s bookshelves. Izzy is currently in the seventh grade and is home schooled in conjunction with Tri-Valley Explorers. Her favorite subjects are history and literature, and she really enjoys reading. Izzy is also very active in the Valley Dance Theatre ballet group. Izzy aspires to become a librarian someday.
Chris Irving (pictured above, top right) has been chosen as the Livermore Public Library’s 2019 Literacy Volunteer of the Year. As a new retiree, Chris shared that she wanted to use her professional skills to help others. She has done exactly that since beginning to volunteer with the Literacy program three years ago. Chris’ volunteer work includes meeting regularly with her adult learner who says Chris is very nice and very patient. In addition to seeing her learner achieve significant goals, Chris assists with literacy outreach, planning special events, and facilitating the English Conversation Groups when needed. She recently served as a beta-test reviewer for a nationally developed online tutoring resource and she has also embraced the role of tutor trainer, welcoming new tutors and sharing her valuable and insightful first-hand experience. Along with her dedicated commitment, Chris is also known for the good humor she generously blends in to her work.
The Friends of the Livermore Library have selected Caitlin Ryan (pictured above, second row) as their 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Caitlin is a member of the Friends’ Monday morning sorting team. As a volunteer sorting team member, Caitlin reviews and scans items that have been donated to the Friends to determine where these items can be sold for the highest price. Caitlin has taken a huge burden off the sorting teams by doing extra work with the donated CDs and DVDs. Caitlin has researched multiple outlets for selling these items and has been successful in bringing in hundreds of dollars to the Friends of the Livermore Library. These funds can then be used to support Library programs and services.