The 2012 Volunteer Luncheon took place on May 15 from 11am- 3pm at the 1840s City Lites Ballroom located in downtown Baltimore at 29 S. Front Street. The Volunteer Luncheon is the Pratt Library’s big once a year event to honor our volunteers. The theme of the event was “Our Volunteers Rock!” a 1950s rock theme inspired by the décor of the City Lites room.
The luncheon began with a social hour that served as a time for volunteers and staff to mingle and meet. The luncheon program began around noon and featured remarks from EPFL CEO Carla Hayden, and Vu Dang, the Chief Service Officer of Baltimore City, who spoke about the power of volunteers and the volunteer initiatives he has worked to implement in Baltimore City, most specifically Power In Dirt.
The award ceremony followed, selected staff and volunteers were recognized for exceptional service during the past year. Blaine Rush, volunteer at the Central Library Bindery, and Sheila Wiggins, volunteer at Pennsylvania Ave Branch, were both honored for their outstanding volunteer service. Stephanie Thomas, Children’s Librarian at the Roland Park Branch, and Melanie Jacobs, Librarian at the Light Street Branch, were both honored for their outstanding service and supportive approach to working with volunteers.
The Reisterstown Road Friends Group was honored for their outstanding service and efforts to stay connected during the renovation and closure of the Reisterstown Road Branch. Margaret Arrowood, volunteer at the Brooklyn Branch, and Sarajane Greenfield, volunteer at both the Roland Park Branch and Reisterstown Road Branch, were honored for their long time service to the Pratt Library, both active volunteers for the past 20 years. Guests then enjoyed a delicious catered lunch with highlights such as root beer floats and a pie bar.
Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who attended the luncheon and helped the library successfully celebrate our many volunteers’ hard work, dedication, and achievements!