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Library rolls out the red carpet for its volunteers

Red carpet was theme for event
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Award winners announced at the recent Lake Oswego Library Volunteer Recognition luncheon included, left to right, Jean France, Director of the Library Bill Baars, Cecelia Huntington and Millie Powers. Not pictured is Ellen Beckett.

The adult volunteers of the Lake Oswego Public Library were honored at the 31st annual Volunteer Recognition Lunch-eon earlier this month at Oswego Lake Country Club.

'We are rolling out the red carpet for our volunteers' was the theme and in keeping with the Hollywood motif, the room was decorated with a long red carpet, film canisters, popcorn bags and a real Academy Awards Oscar that volunteers could hold while their picture was taken. Musical entertainment was provided by Reece Marshburn on piano and Tenley Webb, who sang 'Hooray for Hollywood' with new words which conveyed a 'Hooray for Volunteers' message.

Circulation Department volunteers Ellen Beckett and Millie Powers won Outstanding Service awards. Beckett has been picking up the book drop in Lake Grove every Tuesday afternoon, rain or shine, for more than 14 years.

Powers has been volunteering at the library since September and has recorded more than 140 hours of volunteer time. She works in the circulation department three times a week and performs all of the volunteer functions in that department.

Cecilia Huntington, a volunteer for more than 20 years, was chosen as the Outstanding Leadership volunteer. She is a strong advocate for the Lake Oswego Library and was helpful in promoting Lake Oswego Reads this past February.

Award winners received an engraved clock which recognizes the value of the volunteer's time spent at the library.

Certificates for outstanding service were presented to Victor and Beryl Dahl, David Moore, Moe Brown, Tim Dalum and the Friends of the Library. Jean France, a volunteer for the past five years, received a special award for logging the most volunteer hours during the year, 219 hours. Every volunteer was honored by having a bookplate with their name mounted in a newly purchased library book.

Keynote speaker Mayor Judie Hammerstad addressed the group on the importance of volunteers.

More than 23,000 items have been added to the library's collection, and many volunteers helped cover these new books. Volunteers mended 2,100 books and helped with 239 adult programs that were offered. Volunteer director Cyndie Glazer explained that the library volunteers are also helping with new tasks, including assisting City Hall by having volunteers help with notary work and the information desk at city hall.

The real Oscar that volunteers were able to hold was borrowed from Will Vinton who won this Oscar for best animation short film in 1975.

Anyone interested in joining the 300-plus volunteers on the library's roster may call Glazer at 503-675-2538.