Westlake Porter Public Library honors top volunteer
Westlake resident Karen Alfred received the Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from Westlake Porter Public Library during a March 9 event honoring the library’s 241 volunteers.
Alfred served as a library board member for 16 years, recently completed two years as the president of the board of the Friends of Porter Public Library, and was the chair of the library’s 2013 levy campaign, which resulted in a 70 percent passage rate – the highest in library history.
In her post with the Friends of Porter Public Library, Alfred initiated an open house “meet-and-greet” in an effort to recruit new members, and helped with the organization’s many events, such as the ice cream social and the annual book sale. She is an enthusiastic and tireless advocate of the library.
The Myrna Chelko Award is given annually to the library volunteer who exhibits the spirit of volunteerism and service to the library embodied by the late Myrna Chelko. Chelko was a member of the board of trustees from 1977 to 1993, serving as secretary and vice president. She helped found the Porter Library Foundation and the Friends of Porter Public Library, for which she served as secretary for the first two years.
The library’s volunteers donated 11,060 hours of time in 2013, doing tasks as varied as shelving materials, staffing the reception desk, running Portables and the Book Nook, and serving on the Teen Advisory Board and the board of trustees. Their time and efforts enable the library to provide services and programs it wouldn’t be able to offer without them.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.