From searching for missing books to registering children for the summer reading club, from repairing DVDs and CDs to suiting up as costumed characters, Worthington Libraries depends on its dedicated volunteers.
The Sheila E. Vetter Volunteer Award, presented for the past 10 years at the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries annual meeting, thanks volunteers for their exceptional work. Established by Sheila's family after her sudden death in 2000, the award honors an outstanding teen and adult volunteer, who each receive a cash prize and have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in the lobby of Northwest Library, where Sheila worked.
This year, Frances Lin is the Volunteen award recipient and Ray Traub is the adult volunteer recipient. Both were selected by Sheila's family from among library staff nominations.
Dependable, personable and helpful, Frances has contributed over 500 hours to Worthington Libraries since starting as a volunteer in 2005.
In nominating her, teen librarian Ann Pechacek wrote, "Frances is an incredibly busy young lady and I am awed by her capacity to continue to volunteer at the Library while still completing all her high school advanced placement and extracurricular activities."
Gretchen King, coordinator for Worthington Park Library's Homework Help Center (HHC), nominated Ray for the "calm and patient way" he works with kids at the HHC.
"The kids adore and respect him," Gretchen writes. "Many come in on Wednesdays because they know he will be here and that he will help them with even their hardest homework."
Ray, a retired math professor, has volunteered over 190 hours since starting at the HHC in September 2008.
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