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For Immediate Release
Thursday, 12/04/2014

Jefferson County Public Library Association Presents Awards to Community Library Champions

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Jefferson County Public Library Association recently honored eight Library Champions during its annual holiday luncheon at Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama. The purpose of the luncheon was to recognize the outstanding achievements of volunteers and community partners. The Library Champion Award is presented annually by the Jefferson County Public Library Association. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution(s) to libraries and/or librarianship in Jefferson County, Alabama.

The honorees are as follows:

Hope Islamoff Cooper: Since retiring from the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) in 2010, Hope Cooper continues to use her professional skills as a volunteer in the Catalog Department assisting BPL’s digital collections librarian with scanning fragile books, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Hope also volunteers at the BPL Friend’s Bookstore.

Dr. Elizabeth Gardner: Dr. Gardner, Forensic Scientist, Avondale Library patron and friend, has for the past four summers been a volunteer presenter of “hands on” science programs for our teen patrons. In addition to serving as a presenter for this year’s science themed Summer Reading program, Beth worked with the Youth Department on a series of ongoing live science experiments for the picture box display case at Avondale Library.

Inglenook Neighborhood Association: The Association has been very instrumental in the success of the Inglenook Library in the community and has made several contributions. Three of the main contributions include keeping the Inglenook Library open; providing financial support towards furniture and other support as needed for the renovation; and providing financial support for their Prime Time program.

Dolores Hydock: Dolores Hydock is a writer, actress, and storyteller. This nomination is for her excellent presentations at libraries throughout our county over the past two decades. Her original programs bring in large audiences whenever and wherever presented. In many cases the programs are standing room only. Dolores is not only a great promoter of libraries, but promotes all types of literacy. Whatever the topic, Dolores’ programs bring her subjects to life and frequently include Alabama history. Library programming countywide has been enhanced as a result of Dolores’ programs.

Robbie Roberts: Mr. Roberts currently serves as a Pinson City Councilor, but was a founding member of the Pinson Public Library Board. The library has only been open since 2011 and while the library was in the very early planning stages Robbie visited other libraries, asked questions and spoke to staff to get a full understanding of how a 21st century library works. He urged the city to invest adequate funding to so that the library would be equipped with everything we needed to be a valuable asset to the community. He has not only been an advocate for the library during its inception, he continues to support the library is many ways – both large and small. Pinson Public Library would not be successful without his continued support.

Juan Rodriguez: Mr. Rodriquez has been an invaluable help to the Homewood Public Library over the years. As a member of the Homewood Police Department, he went over and above to serve the Library on many levels. He has volunteered numerous times to help us with staff training on library security issues. This year the library offered a class called “Self Defense for Teenage Girls.” Mr. Rodriquez has a talent for teaching and a heart for helping others. He truly cares about public safety and preventing and/or limiting violence through education. These classes have helped us fulfill our role of further educating the public.

Rep. John W. Rogers, Jr.: Over the years, Representative Rogers has become more involved with the West End Library and in the last five years he has made it possible for the West End Branch to receive Alabama Community Service Grants to help with library programming and materials. These contributions have enabled patrons, of various ages, to broaden their experiences and enjoy a variety of recreational and cultural activities right in their own community.

Ann Steves & Sue Sweatt: Since 2011, as members of the Friends of Irondale Public Library Executive Committee, Ann & Sue have been instrumental in re-organizing a Friends group for Irondale. They have enlisted members through mailing campaigns and represented the library at community events. They also provided bicycles and other prizes for 3 consecutive years of Summer Reading. The Friends now have 55 members and 6 commercial members. Without Ann and Sue, the Irondale Public Library would not have a Friends group.

View pictures from this event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcolibrarycoop/

For more information:
Contact: April Wallace
Pinson Public Library
Website: http://PublicLibrariesInJC.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeffcolibrary 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JeffCoLibAL

The Public Libraries In Jefferson County, d/b/a Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that links the 40 public libraries throughout Jefferson County. These include 20 municipal libraries, the 19 locations of the Birmingham Public Library System and The Library at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The mission of the Public Libraries In Jefferson County is to connect all citizens countywide by providing resources and community-building opportunities that inspire life-long learning. Visit our website @ http://PublicLibrariesInJC.org


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