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The Jefferson County Library Foundation hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, April 9th at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Volunteers gathered for a catered lunch and awards presentation, followed by a showing of Ragtime. 

In an effort to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our amazing team of volunteers, JCPL and the Foundation presented three awards at the Recognition Event that are given annually to individuals that have impacted the libraries with their service. 

TheJCPL Leadership Award, recognizing a volunteer who embodies a spirit of selfless dedication and commitment to Jefferson County Public Library, was presented to Laura Kepler, a dedicated Foundation volunteer at the Lakewood Library. She currently serves as the Friends chair and is leading the Friends members into an entirely new and exciting direction. Her professionalism, enthusiasm, willingness to help with any task, and to move the Friends forward in supporting the Foundation has been exceptional.  

In her 7 years of service, she has helped out tirelessly at the gift shop, sorted countless books in the donation room, assisted with mailings, admin tasks, or other projects, and is always willing to lend a hand! 

Ali Gonzalez, a volunteer for our Library 2 You Department, was given the Volunteer of the Year award, recognizing a volunteer whose contributions of time and talent over the past year have had a positive impact on the quality of programs at Jefferson County Public Library.  

Ali began her volunteer service with Library 2 You in 2014.  She quickly became the contributor of the highest amount of hours to the department—exceeding 20 hours in one month.  She has become a reliable asset to the department, one the staff counts on for routine tasks and special requests.  She is also a dedicated Homebound Services volunteer, delivering to both Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, and helps in stocking up the bookmobile and helps to bring fresh offerings to their clientele on a regular basis. She takes on every project with the same cheerful disposition and her reliability is unmatched.

The Elena Joyce Grissom Lifetime Service Award, recognizing a volunteer whose enduring contributions of time and talent have had a significant impact at JCPL and JCLF, was awarded to Carol Wilson, a volunteer who helps at the Belmar Gift Shop and the Foundation. Carol is a super-star volunteer! Every Sunday, she works in the Gift Shop, running the register, assisting customers, and helping to keep operations running smoothly.   Her presence in the gift shop is hard to replicate. She’s always smiling, happy, and her positive attitude is contagious. Carol has also helped at countless book sales and Rare and Novel fundraisers. She also comes in once a week to the Foundation office to look up and price vintage books. She’s had an incredible impact over the 10 years she’s been here