Teen Volunteer Awards 2017

Our teen volunteers are amazing! During the 2016-2017 school year, our volunteers collectively:

  • worked nearly 5,000 hours
  • wrote 64 articles
  • helped increased library teen program offerings by more than 35 programs
  • helped increased library teen program attendance by nearly 1,500

In addition, there are some star volunteers we want to recognize. Here are this year’s volunteer award winners for outstanding service to the Pasadena Public Library:

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Most hours this year:  Madison Comick

Longest active volunteer:  Julia See

Longest active volunteer at a branch library:  Julia Landis

Most events attended this year: Frank Montes De Oca

Most dedicated:  McKenna Blackshire

Rising Star:  Jane Lee

Most impressive projects awards:

  • Kara Eng
    Teen Advisory Board adviser, Blog Manager, copyeditor, book reviewer
    Kara independently copyedits and posts articles and reviews on our blog. Last summer, she taught a series of Scratch coding workshops for kids.
  • Haneen Eltaib
    Teen Advisory Board – Volunteer Relations Chair, copyeditor
    Haneen has written the scripts for our annual Murder Mystery for the past three years. She was also featured in Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine for this work.
  • Nina Dinan
    Teen Advisory Board – Volunteer Relations Vice-Chair
    Nina developed and led the “Breakin’ News” civic engagement programs. This idea was featured at a local library conference and now, at least three other library systems will be using this game.
  • Hadley Willman
    former Teen Advisory Board member, Blog & Teen Zine copyeditor and proofreader, book reviewer
    Hadley took a significant role in the Pasadena Loves YA book festival; she conducted a lengthy interview with bestselling author Shannon Messenger and developed some panel questions for the festival.
  • Angel Gomez
    Teen Advisory Board adviser
    Angel took a lead role in the library’s Teen Mental Health Initiative; she will be featured in an upcoming video for the California State Library about youth mental health.

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, and volunteers. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member. A majority of her free time is spent with her corgi Lord Tyrion of Pasadena. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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