PHOTO: Volunteers are honored at Monmouth County Library Headuarters.  

SHREWSBURY – The Monmouth County Library Commission hosted dozens of volunteers at its meeting last week and presented certificates to members of numerous organizations who regularly volunteer untold hours of service and expertise at the Library Headquarters and its branches throughout the year.

“The generosity and knowledge of these volunteers who contribute so much towards keeping our Library the heart of Monmouth County can never be understated,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry, the Board’s liaison to the Library Commission. “The County and the Commission are grateful and appreciative for all the talent they volunteer and the inestimable ways in which they assist all our residents.”

Library Commission Chair Renee Schwarz presented the certificates of citation along with Library Executive Director Judith Tolchin, recognizing the significant contributions of both organizations and individuals who have partnered with the Library Commission to offer unique and diversified programs at no costs to residents.

“All of these organizations and individuals have demonstrated a selfless commitment and certainly warrant our attention and gratitude for their continued dedication,” Schwarz said, in thanking each volunteer individually.

Organizations and individuals within them who were honored at the meeting include the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, five instructors of Citizenship education classes, another five volunteers who instruct in conversation classes for beginner English and another nine volunteers who offer classes in intermediate English conversation. Coordinator Rebecca Lucas and Chris Vecere received certificates for their English Conversation/ESL classes.

Robert Sherman, New Jersey State Coordinator for the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, local coordinators Robert Kanner, Kevin Cooney,and Peter Matteo, and Monmouth District Administrative and Technical Coordinator Peter Steefel were all cited for their volunteer efforts at Headquarters Library and the Wall and Eastern Branch libraries, along with the countless individuals who make the program to assist library patrons in completing their income tax returns.

Another 13 local residents were commended for their volunteerism in maintaining the Chinese Collection at the library and six volunteers were commended for their volunteerism in the world language multi-lingual book discussion series. The volunteers serve as moderators in Hebrew, Arabic, Russia, Spanish, and Italian.

Volunteers for games also enhanced library experiences, Schwarz pointed out with Pat Guadagno honored for her lessons in bridge, and Jim Mullanaphy and Robert Keeler honors for their “Go” and Chess classes.

Harry Scher and coordinator Samantha White were honored for presenting SHIP, the state health insurance assistance program.