Headline: 2012 Service Excellence Awards to be presented at annual Library banquet

Release date: 2013-03-25

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Harrisburg, Pa. — The 2012 Sara Haldeman Haly Service Excellence Awards recipients will be recognized at The Library’s Light the Way to Learning Banquet, which will be held in celebration of National Library Week on Saturday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg. Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and The Magician King and Time magazine senior technology writer, will be the featured speaker at this annual event. For more information on the Sara Haldeman Haly Awards or to purchase tickets visit dcls.org or call Lori Lane at 234-4961 x 110.

These awards are presented each year to individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of literacy and education in the community and to organizations that strive to improve library service in the community by partnering with The Library. They are named in honor of Sara Haldeman Haly who in 1896 made a gift to our community that still serves as a beacon of learning. In her will, she provided the funds needed to establish a public library for Harrisburg. Four years later her estate’s executors honored her vision by donating the plot of land at Front and Walnut streets that had been Sara’s garden for the building of a new library in her memory. Opened on January 1, 1914, the building has been in continuous operation as a library ever since. Over the years, many people have picked up the torch lit by Sara and expanded her little garden into a library system that now serves more than 221,000 residents of Dauphin County. These awards were established in Sara’s name to honor those who give of their time, energy and resources to make learning available to everyone.

Dauphin County Probation & Parole will receive the Organization of the Year Award. This award is given to an organization that has partnered with The Library to produce a significant improvement or extension of library service. Dauphin County Probation & Parole will receive this award for their ongoing partnership with The Library that channels donated children’s books to families who are in the probation and parole system.

This year the Person of the Year Award will be presented to Cynthia Minnich. This award is given to an individual who has made a critical contribution to the community in support of the goals of the The Library mission, which include education, literacy, lifelong learning and encouraging an informed and active citizenry. Ms. Minnich, an educator with Upper Dauphin Area High School, is receiving this award because of her dedication to inspiring a love of reading among her students and in her community.

This year the Catalyst Award will be presented to John Killian for his lifetime of service to The Library and in support of library service at the state level as well. Mr. Killian, a partner at Killian & Gepart LLP, was the original author of the state library code, has served on The Library’s Board of Trustees for many years and has provided leadership to several successful capital campaigns over the years. This award is given to an individual or group who has had a significant positive impact on the provision of public library service within Dauphin County or the state.

The Katherine M. & Joseph H. Myers Distinguished Service Award is given to The Library employee chosen by his or her peers as having shown exemplary performance throughout the year. This year’s award recipient is The Library’s Senior Computer Technician, Jason Hoover. Whether he is helping a staff person with email access issues or working overnight to upgrade a server, Mr. Hoover’s positive customer service attitude is front and center as a staff member at The Library.

The Library has chosen Ron Blood as the Dottie and Henry Swartz Volunteer Excellence Award recipient because he provides critical assistance to three departments at East Shore Area Library. A volunteer since 2011, Mr. Blood performs a wide variety of tasks throughout the library and shares a cheerful and positive attitude with everyone around him. The Library is grateful to Ron for all his efforts and dedication.


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032513 dcp&pDauphin County Probation & Parole
 032513 cynthia minnichCynthia Minnich
 032513 killianJohn Killian
 032513 hooverJason Hoover
 032513 ron bloodRon Blood


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