What do an author, a hall of famer and a Heart of Gold recipient have in common? They are all library volunteers who received recognition for their achievements in 2010.
Author Barbara Binns
October was a big month for Barbara Binns who is a volunteer in the Library's Computer Room at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. Not only does she help teach library-sponsored computer classes there, but she also used those same computers to write a book. Her novel for young adults, called Pull, is based loosely on her life and was published in October to good reviews. It was her first novel and created quite a stir among her peers at the Senior Center where she talked about her experiences in a program called "Getting in Print."
Senior Hall of Famer Jack Muldoon
Senior Center volunteer Jack Muldoon also had a memorable October. He was inducted into the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame for his work teaching retirees how to research and track investments. For over ten years, Jack has lent his considerable knowledge, skills, and energy to the Library’s computer education programs for seniors. Through his classes, lectures, and one-on-one assistance, Jack has helped nearly 1000 older adult students develop the skills needed to manage their own investments.
Heart of Gold Award Winner Javier Elias
Rounding out this award-winning year for library volunteers is Javier Elias who just won the 2011 "Young at Heart" Heart of Gold award. The Heart of Gold awards honor Arlington Heights volunteers. Javier has been a volunteer at the Library for more than eight years. He began as a Spanish language translator on the bookmobile and is currently a tutor for eight students each week in the ESL/Literacy Office. While their stories may be different, Javier’s students speak with one voice of the passion and energy that he brings to his tutoring sessions. His dedication to his students has enabled them to become active, contributing members of our community.
Congratulations to these dedicated library volunteers! We're so proud of all of our volunteers and grateful for their continued support of the Library.