Organization of the Year Award:
On February 14, 1978, The People Place was born. It later became known as MetroArts, and continued to use that name for over twenty years until 2000 when the name changed to Jump Street.
Jump Street continued the inherited core mission of enriching our regional community by developing artists, audiences, and arts organizations. It added to that an exciting grassroots component of workforce development, entrepreneurial skill building, and personal development using the arts.
For several years, Jump Street partnered with The Library to bring The Big Read and ImagineNations to our community. The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. ImagineNations offers a broad spectrum of arts experiences. With the help of local artists, students meet and discuss literature, such as folklore, myths, and plays and create an art piece related to the literature. At the end of the ImagineNations program, students have an understanding of storytelling, literature, and how art is created.
Jean E. Pugh
Born February 25, 1910 in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late William and Belle (Jones) Pugh; was a graduate of the Harrisburg school system and West Chester University; and did her graduate work at Temple University. She was a long time Harrisburg resident, a teacher in the Harrisburg School District, a supporter of the library and was invested in the education of children. In honor of her commitment to children and education, the library system has established the Children’s Endowment Fund, the interest of which will be used to provide children’s library services.
The establishment of the fund comes at a time when the library has renewed and strengthened its commitment to serve as a partner with schools and parents to help children succeed by supporting early learning and building a strong foundation for literacy and lifelong learning.
The library system is grateful and inspired by Ms. Pugh’s legacy and her vision for “lighting the way for learning” by remembering the library in her will. Children now and in the future will benefit from her generosity.
In recognition of the impact of her generous bequest, The Library has named the Community Room at the McCormick Riverfront Library in her honor. This room is the site of children’s programming in downtown Harrisburg and, thus, seems a fitting tribute to Ms.Pugh’s vision.
Dottie and Henry Swartz Volunteer Excellence Award
A community volunteer for most of her life Joyce began volunteering with DCLS at the library in Hummelstown in 2006. Her first opportunity was re-shelving books when she returned her borrowed items in the evening. She has volunteered for three different Library Managers and always enjoys helping new staff become familiar with the collection. Joyce can be found at the new William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library two or three days every week.
Joyce learned the value of volunteering from her father, a professional banker who volunteered at church and the Salvation Army, and stressed that “you give back to the community!” She inherited her love of reading from her mother, a teacher, and avid reader who would suggest books she read based on “good vocabulary.” Joyce remembers walking a mile home from the local library with books tucked under her chin and stacked as high as her arms were long.
Ellen Miller, Youth Services Librarian, who nominated Joyce for the Volunteer Excellence Award, wrote “Joyce’s dedication and dependability are rare in this day and age. Joyce has the ability to see at a glance what needs to be done first and to tackle it immediately. She stays aware of planning, and knows when the staff plans to shift or weed sections of the collection.” Library management was aware of her volunteerism during the move to the new location in July 2010. “Joyce is a wonderful choice! She was instrumental in the successful opening of the new library” said Lew Maurer, Public Services Administrator.
“I can tell when I have not been here in awhile.” Joyce states humbly. “Things get scrambled. I like to finish the task at hand, and I try to leave the collection in better shape than I found it. Sometimes we are tempted to address just the one small part we came to do, but I think the big picture is important. It may take longer, but it all looks better. I admire straightened edges.”