Douglas County Libraries’ Volunteers Receive National Honor

This summer, Douglas County Libraries honored 87 volunteers at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller Branch with the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. These national awards were organized under the George W. Bush administration by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The awards honor those who, by their commitment, inspire others to engage in volunteerism.
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Douglas County Libraries’ Volunteer Servicestracked volunteer hours from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012 to determine award winners and levels. Volunteers could earn bronze, silver, or gold recognition based on their service hours during this 12-month period.

The 87 qualifying volunteers received a certificate, a letter signed by President Barack Obama, and a colored lapel pin indicative of their award level.
The two gold winners were:
* Pranathi Durgempudi: Pranathi is a sophomore at Mountain Vista High School. Her volunteer responsibilities include a variety of library tasks, Reading Buddies mentoring program, preparation of materials for Storytimes and events, teen council that helps determine teen library programming, and Sensory-enhanced Storytimes for children on the autism spectrum.
* Mark Schmidt: Mark is a tutor for students working toward a GED certificate, a literacy coach, and a Philip S. Miller Branch volunteer. He eagerly takes on learners who have special needs or challenges. He is passionate about helping his students succeed and gives them a sense of confidence.

In addition, the Douglas County Libraries Board of Trustees’ combined hours in 2012 qualified for a group bronze award at 275 hours.

“Their volunteerism strengthens our nation as a whole and teaches invaluable lessons to today’s youth who will one day lead our country,” said Ali Ayres, Douglas County Libraries’ District Volunteer Services Supervisor.

The roles of the 87 volunteers at Douglas County Libraries’ seven branches range from helping to shelve materials, reading stories to children at Douglas County daycare facilities, tutoring students with English as a second language, telling stories to children at Douglas County schools, assisting with library events, posting book reviews, polishing discs, and coordinating The Second Chapter used bookstores.

Together, these 87 award-recipient volunteers contributed 12,500 hours of DCL’s total 37,000 volunteer hours for 2012.