President's Volunteer Service Award event to recognize Haywood County Public Library volunteers

By Haywood County Library | Mar 10, 2017

All are invited to attend Haywood County Public Library Foundation’s inaugural Presidential Volunteer Service Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre in Canton. The event will recognize more than 30 local individuals, who collectively have given more than 6,000 hours in volunteer service over the last year to Haywood County Public Library. In addition to the presentation of awards, there will be entertainment, including by local musician Cary Fridley, and refreshments.

Why is this event important to the citizens of Haywood County? Every year, the Friends of the Library organize a book sale that attracts book lovers from all over the region and even from out-of-state. This large-scale event is made possible by the tireless efforts of volunteers who work throughout the year sorting books in preparation for the sale. There’s a growing garden behind the Canton Library that serves as a demonstration garden for various gardening techniques. It’s called the Giving Garden, and it has expanded every season since it first cropped up several years ago thanks to the commitment of volunteer Haywood County Master Gardeners. Two brightly painted Little Libraries known as Las Bibliotequitas, one in front of La Mexicanita in Waynesville and one at Vance Street Park, offer books in both Spanish and English for all ages, and wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the volunteer time put in by a library supporter with construction skills and two Girl Scouts and their leader who painted the boxes. Haywood County has been singularly recognized among the 100 counties in North Carolina for these two initiatives, the Giving Garden and Las Bibliotequitas, made possible by our citizens by the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association.

There are many community members who work voluntarily to support Haywood County Public Library. Join the Haywood County Public Library Foundation in recognizing all they’ve given and continue to give to the library and to our community. North Carolina State Librarian Cal Shepard will be in attendance for the occasion. The President's Volunteer Service Award program encourages citizens to live a life of service through national recognition. The awards ceremony event is free to attend and open to the public. For more information, call Library Director Sharon Woodrow at (828) 356-2504.