2012 Outstanding Friends Service Award Print

Outstanding FriendsThis award is presented annually by WCLS to a Friends member or Friends group that has provided outstanding service to their branch library and community. Nominations for the award are made by WCLS Branch Managers who also vote among the nominees for the finalist.

The 2012 Outstanding Friends Service Award will be presented to the Friends of the Point Roberts Library at the annual All Friends & Foundation Gathering on November 3rd.

Pt Roberts FriendsHere is what Pt. Roberts Library Manager Kris Lomedico wrote in her nomination of the Pt. Roberts Friends. “I nominate the Point Roberts Friends for all their dedicated organizing, planning, cajoling, and tireless efforts on the library's behalf this year. I've been overwhelmed by their earnestness and success.” (Pictured left to right are Friends President Jean Barrington, Library Improvement Committee chair Barbara Wayland, and Library Branch Manager Kris Lomedico).

“Shortly after deciding to support the remodel of the old fire hall into a new library, the Friends divided into two groups, one of which would dedicate itself exclusively to guiding this project (the Library Improvement Committee or LIC). This group meets with all parties involved: architect, PR parks board, library director, library manager, community promoters, etc., and has its own officers. The second Friends group takes care of more general Friends affairs like book sales.”

Point Roberts Library project“In the beginning, quilt raffles at various community functions benefited the new building fund, then a kick-off Friends party promoted new membership, with book bags for $5 membership fees. Book sales, a cookie walk, and quilted bookmarks have been sold. A $10,000 matching funds campaign was initiated and reached, and then over the summer another for $20,000, which reached its goal before the end of August. Donations were given at a library sponsored local geology lecture, a joke telling contest, and from many individuals and some community groups. The cutest was from two great-granddaughters of well-known Parks Board member Irene Waters, who donated the proceeds of their lemonade stand sales.”

“The LIC plans monthly projects which in September collected pennies and pocket change that the local Sterling bank counted and rolled; for October and November receipts from the local supermarket will be collected for a 1% donation of the totals. There'll be a tie-in with Christmas fairs in December, including yarn flowers for outdoor trees, and another matching fund drive in January.”

So. Whatcom Library ProjectDirector’s Award: This year there will be a special Director’s Award for the Most Unique Friends Group, the Friends without a Branch Award, given to the Sudden Valley Friends. Currently without a home or a branch manager, but with a big dream and the will to go for it, this group deserves to be called out for their vision as they build the South Whatcom Library at Sudden Valley.

Honorable Mentions for the Outstanding Friends award this year are Sharon Digby, president of the Deming Friends, Don Bronsema, Everson Friends vice president, and the Lynden Friends with their president Florie Cox. Join library staff in congratulating these especially deserving volunteers, and join your local Friends of the Library in supporting and advocating for libraries in your community!