Friends of the Library receives service award
The Chino Valley Friends of the Library will receive the Arizona Library Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award on Oct. 26 at the organization’s annual conference at Mesa Convention Center.
The Chino Valley group was nominated by the local library staff.
“I am so glad our Friends of the Library are being recognized for all they do for the library. They are such a help and make our job so much easier,” said children’s librarian Darlene Westcott.
Linda Berg, president of the Friends of the Library, said the club was “astounded and elated” to learn about the award.
”To win this award for doing something you enjoy is just wonderful, and all the volunteers feel that way,” Berg said.
“We work to have our small-town library have a big-town look.”
The Chino Valley Friends of the Library club was established in 1983.
The main function of the 34-member volunteer organization is to assist the library staff by shelving books and helping Westcott with children’s programs It also has a small store inside the library that offers books and magazines the volunteers have sorted and priced, Berg said.
Through its funding, the Friends of the Library has helped to purchase needed items that the library’s budget can’t provide.
It also has helped with replacing carpet as well as purchasing furniture and book shelves.
The group also built an addition to the library for the volunteers to work in and helped fund the community program room, Berg said.