2019 Summit County Library Volunteer Appreciation Awards
Each year, library staff and the Summit County Library Board acknowledge the hard work of the library volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to making the Summit County libraries a welcoming and enriching environment for both residents and visitors.
For 2019 the Volunteer of the Year and the Van Woodford awards went to two deserving recipients; Jaime Bailey and Karen Musolf. Plaques with their names hang in the Main Library in Frisco.
The Volunteer of the Year Award -
We wish to congratulate Jamie Bailey as the recipient of the Summit County Libraries Volunteer of the Year award. Jamie worked many years for the Summit County Library as a reliable and respected substitute. It was at this time that she recognized the need to stock the Summit County Libraries free book exchange at the Frisco Bus Barn, so she graciously volunteered.The free book exchange is a very well received and much appreciated service. Programs such as this could not be offered if not for volunteers like Jamie, who are willing to deliver books to resupply the emptied shelves. In 2019 alone, Jamie volunteered over 30 hours, delivering over 1,400 books and 400 magazines.Who knows how she has the time to do this, as she works a full time job, is an active member of The Friends of the Library and is building a house (from the foundation up) with her fiancé, Carl. The Summit County Library would like to thank Jamie and honor her with this award.
Past recipients include Andrew Armour, Gini Bartley, Joyce Timpson, Kathleen Martynowicz, Barbara & Gary Weis, Brian Edney, Shirley Beaty, Eileen Finkle, Mary Kidd, Kristina Nethaway, Sue Paluska, Becky Morgan, Bretty Teatre, Richard Hale, Kay Bullington and Beverly McArthur.
The Van Woodford Service Award -
When Van Woodford rolled into Silverthorne in the 1970’s the first thing she did was stop into the library to volunteer. At the time, the North end of the county was served by a broom-sized room in the Dillon Town Hall. 37 years later, 2 buildings later, countless story times, programs, hands held and lives enhances, Van moved to Oak Creek to be closer to her family. The Van Woodford Achievement Award was her farewell and our standard for the kind of public servants we aspire to be.
Since we opened the doors in the newly remodeled South Branch library in 2015, Karen Musolf has carried on that spirit. She has here to shelve books, offer historical perspective and research, as well as support us in our projects and crafts. She shared her love of Summit County, of history and of children. She was an advocate for child literacy and adult participation.
Karen brought with her a legacy of service in Summit County. She was a driving force in the Summit Historical Society and the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, as an officer, a docent, archivist and organizer of the Historical Society Book Club. She led two walking tours, cemetery tours, taught classes and shared her vast knowledge, as well as her collection of books, photos and documents.
Karen showed up to help at the South Branch every Monday full of energy, no matter what the weather. She showed up after knee surgery and used a stool for shelving. She showed up after cataract surgery – with new glasses and a new outlook. She brightened our day and lessoned our burden. Her attention to detail and knowledge of Dewey surpassed all our volunteers, as she regularly brought cataloging mistakes to our attention.
Van Woodford award recipients from previous years include Janet Good, Susan Donaldson, Maggie Cox, Carolyn Wiseman, Cass Dombrowski, Joyce Dierauer, Ron & Kathy Schuman, Randall McKinnon, Dan Taylor, Ken Gray, Mary Lynne Kneller, Helen Barker, Paul Olson and Kristina Nethaway.
To learn more about the Summit County Library, visit our volunteer Volunteer page ; follow the library on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter; or come by visit us at any of the three locations, in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne.