The Richland Library recently honored its top volunteers and more than 100 others during special recognition ceremonies earlier this month at the Main Library.
Bill Higgins was named the library’s Adult Volunteer of the Year, Chelsia Telfair was named Teen Volunteer of the Year, and Skyler Lanigan was named the library’s Junior Volunteer of the year.
“What’s really meaningful about our award winners is that they all share their time for the same reason,” said Cathy Dolan, Richland Library volunteer coordinator. “Bill, Chelsia and Skyler volunteer at the library because they believe in what it does for the community. Their commitment to our services and programs has an immeasurable impact on the library’s ability to enhance and change lives.”
Higgins, who is retired, has contributed more than 1,500 hours to the Walker Local History and Family Center, an on-site library facility created to help explore the Midlands’ past. He has helped index thousands of articles about people, places and events from the South Carolina Vertical Files and is credited with making the library’s community resources database an invaluable tool for those researching South Carolina’s history.
Higgins also received The President’s Volunteer Service Award and was inducted into the Richland Library Volunteer Hall of Fame.
Chelsia, a Lower Richland High School student, is a member of the Main Library’s Teen Advisory Board and serves as a Children’s Room volunteer. The honors student and tutor has devoted more than 200 hours of volunteer service to help with special library efforts.
Skyler, who is homeschooled, has volunteered more than 200 hours at Richland Library Southeast. Library staff members credit her for being reliable, enthusiastic and dedicated.
Nineteen other volunteers were recognized with various levels of The President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work with the library.
The recipients included Ernest Anderson, Anne Bagwell, John Bradley, Janice Brown, Shawn Chillag, Nancy Flowers, Carol Gamble, Susan Hackett, Tracy Haisley, Marlene Mackey and Helen Madden.
Rounding out the list were Susan Mazur, Lisa Nichols, Bobbie Osborne, Gene Sansbury, Ruby Smith, Rachel Snowden, Victor Vacaflores and Cindy Wagner.
The Richland Library relies on adult and junior volunteers to maximize its resources and better serve library patrons. Last year, 1,128 volunteers contributed more than 22,000 hours, a value of more than $413,000.