Hundreds of volunteers of all ages donate thousands of hours each year (over 6,000 hours to date this year) to Worthington Libraries. Without their commitment and hard work, the library could not do as much as it does.

Hundreds of volunteers of all ages donate thousands of hours each year (over 6,000 hours to date this year) to Worthington Libraries. Without their commitment and hard work, the library could not do as much as it does.

From searching for missing books to registering children for the summer reading club, from repairing DVDs and CDs to suiting up as costumed characters, volunteers give staff members the time to do what they do best - help patrons.

For the past nine years at the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries annual meeting, the Sheila E. Vetter Volunteer Award is presented. Sheila Vetter was a Northwest Library staff member who passed away unexpectedly in 2000, and her family established this award in her memory. It honors an outstanding teen and adult volunteer, who each receive a U.S. Savings Bond and have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in the lobby of Northwest Library.

Winners are selected by Sheila's family from among library staff nominations.


Libby Vasey

A volunteer since 2007, Libby Vasey was the 2009 winner in the teen category. In the summers, she can often be found staffing the summer reading registration desk, but she has also helped out during children's programs. In fact, Libby is a volunteer that members of the Children's Department rely on when things get busy.

When she's not volunteering at Northwest Library, Libby can often be found there. Her nominator, teen librarian Sarah Cofer, says the teen is a "great actress" and "vital member" of the library's Teen Readers' Theatre Troupe, which turns books into scripts and performs them for children.

"She attends almost every teen program (even when she is the only one to show up) and expresses a real enthusiasm for teen services at the library."


Ying Dong

In one year, Ying Dong, the adult category winner, volunteered 250 hours, mainly in Worthington Libraries' Technical Services Department helping with interlibrary loan requests. She places patron requests, checks in the items when they arrive, prepares them for circulation and returns them to the owning libraries.

According to Anne Reilly, Technical Services manager, Ying is a quick study and an even quicker worker. "(Ying) gets an amazing amount of work done in a short period of time - some days I look at the stack of work waiting for her to do and think she won't be able to get through it all in her shift, but she never fails to finish it in record time."

Worthington Libraries staff appreciate the dedication of Libby and Ying and everyone who volunteers for the benefit of the Library and the Worthington community.