LIBRARY HONORS VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR
The Livermore Public Library is proud to recognize several outstanding volunteers who have provided exceptional service to the Livermore community.
Emily Oblath has been selected as the Livermore Public Library’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year. For approximately four years, Emily Oblath gave nearly every Saturday morning to the Livermore community by volunteering in the Livermore Public Library’s Create Lab, a pop-up makerspace designed for children in grades K – 6. Emily was one of the first volunteers to join the makerspace in 2016. She learned how to use the Create Lab equipment, including a sewing machine and a Cricut Maker, so that she could assist children in their use. Emily became a helper that young participants looked forward to seeing. In addition to her role in the Create Lab, Emily frequently volunteered to assist with other library projects and events when needed. Emily’s dedication to service and volunteering are inspiring.
Katie Fogerson has been selected as the Livermore Public Library’s 2020 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year. Katie began volunteering with the library in the summer of 2018 and continued her volunteer work in the summer of 2019. Katie served on the Livermore Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board for two years, helping the librarians plan services for teens. Katie has also provided much-needed assistance in the Library’s After-School STEM classes, assisting with set-up and clean-up and patiently helping young participants complete the featured project. Katie is currently a junior at Granada High School where she enjoys her history and science classes and plays bass clarinet in the band. In the future, Katie would like to go to medical school and pursue a career as a Forensic Pathologist.
Ed Folsom has been chosen as the Livermore Public Library’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year in support of Literacy. Ed has volunteered at the Rincon Branch Library with the Homework Help Center since 2010, guiding and assisting students of all ages and grade levels with homework help. His enthusiastic and encouraging approach helps motivate students as they work through homework assignments or practice reading skills. In more recent years Ed has also volunteered with the Library's adult literacy program. When working with a child or an adult, Ed is known for his kindness. He understands that learning can be hard work, especially when those he serves have other things going on in their lives that can make learning even more of a challenge. Ed listens carefully and incorporates the strengths and interests of the individual when assisting with learning needs. He is excited about learning for all ages and delights in the success of others.
The Friends of the Livermore Library (FOLL) have selected Matt Berry as their 2020 Volunteer of the Year. Matt has been a critical part of the FOLL organization for many years. His cheerfulness, "Can Do" attitude, and organizational skills have always been important, but even more so during the challenges of the past year. In addition to his regular FOLL Treasurer duties, he researched, selected, and migrated the FOLL website to a new web platform when the other platform went out of business, and transitioned FOLL to a new bank when the old branch closed. Matt scanned and digitized the FOLL paper records, and also placed the FOLL legal documents on the new website, increasing transparency. “It is a great privilege serving the Livermore community with Matt,” said FOLL President David Runyon.
The Livermore Public Library is grateful for the generous help provided by these and the many other volunteers who have served throughout the Library. While the COVID-19 pandemic put a temporary pause on most of the Library’s volunteer opportunities, future opportunities will be posted on the Library’s website under the “How Do I” tab, click “Volunteer”.