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Celebrating Some Special Helping Hands


Each year Arlington County names several deserving individuals and teams as Outstanding Volunteer for the year.

The competition is always stiff because people from all County departments are eligible to win. For 2013, Library staff nominated three teams and three individuals for this award – a testament to the value we place on Library Volunteers and the excellent work they do.

Of those nominated this year by the Library, one individual and two teams won! The Outstanding Volunteer winners from the Library are…


Cynthia Power

Cynthia Paws to Read

Cynthia and Humphrey

Individual award for introducing, coordinating, facilitating and growing the Paws-to-Read program.

Paws-to-Read began in March 2011 with Cynthia and her therapy dog Humphrey coming to Central Library for two sessions a month. The programs were so successful that this year, six of our eight locations sponsor PAWS-to-Read sessions. Cynthia recruits and schedules the P.A.L. volunteers who participate in the program along with their therapy dogs, and collaborates with Library staff to ensure the sessions run smoothly.


The Central Library Computer Volunteers

Computer Help Desk Volunteers

On behalf of the Computer Volunteer Team: (from left to right) Eva G., Rick Airhart, Mark Cooper (supervisor), David Hough, Anne Lang, John Hession

Team Award

Members of the Computer Volunteer Team staff the computer help desk on the second floor for nearly all of the 66 hours a week Central is open. Many help people using the public PCs, while others teach or assist in the CyberCenter’s Technology Training classes. In addition, the time and talents of this team have enabled the Library to add a new TechTalk series of classes, describing current technology and applications.

The team members include: Alice Tanoue, Andrea Mullen, Anne Lange, Eva G, Judith Karinshak, Ben Schmoker, Richard Airhart, Anne Griffith, David Hough, Dennis Wright, John Hession, John Bowers, Lisa, and Susan Dennis.


Circulation Unit Volunteer Trainers

Gil Leigh (left) and Dan Dixon (right)

Gil Leigh (left) and Dan Dixon (right)

Team Award

Gilbert Leigh – a Central Library welcome desk staffer – and Dan Dixon – who helps people use the self-checkout machines at Central – both train new volunteers for their respective positions. They were the first volunteers at  Central to have this responsibility, and the perspective they provide to new volunteers is invaluable. In addition, they have been very successful at bringing new volunteers into the Library.

National Volunteer Week begins April 21.


Interested in becoming a Library volunteer? Check out the Current Openings on our Volunteer Page.



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  1. Luis villegas says:

    I would like to help as a volunteer. I have a busy time but I know I can do it at least for short times a week. I speak Spanish I’m not yet fluent at English…I’m not a proficient fast learner but I may be able to learn fast depending what position you set me in. In fact I am good skills using my hands. Saturdays and Tuesdays will be fine for me. Hopefully, I will be some of a great help
    Thank you.

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