First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recognized the volunteer Friends of the Woodbridge Library as the Woodbridge Person of the Month. Scalettar initiated the Woodbridge Person of the Month Recognition program to spotlight the many Woodbridge residents, volunteers and employees who go above and beyond the expected in their dedication and commitment to Woodbridge and its residents.
“Our Library is such an important cultural and community center in Woodbridge and I hope that residents appreciate the behind-the-scenes role the Friends play in keeping it this way,” said Scalettar. “Their financial support, above and beyond our Town budget, means that our Library always has the latest and the greatest – new books, new technology and great programming that enriches people’s lives.”
The Friends—President Dale Chodos, Mary Lee Barker, Barbara Radar, Donna Lehman, Barbara Lichtman and Mia VonBeeden —recently reorganized, relocated and re-opened the used bookstore, which helps to raise extra money for the Library. The work took six months and “Bookstore Alley” is now in the corridor of the mezzanine level of the Library. Bookstore Alley is open during Library hours; shoppers can pay for their purchase at the Circulation Desk. “It feels so special to receive this award for the Friends,” President Dale Chodos said. “We love giving back to our Town and to the Library.”
The Friends of the Library help fund all of the Library’s adult, teen and children’s programs, museum passes and services. Additionally, funds help buy equipment and technology for all to use.
On December 12 the Friends of the Woodbridge Library will hold a holiday sale at Bookstore Alley with special holiday gift options; coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served in the lobby.
“Through this monthly recognition program I hope to thank the many people who make Woodbridge a wonderful place to live, play and work,” said Scalettar.
If you know a Woodbridge employee, resident or volunteer who’s gone above and beyond expectations, please nominate that person for this award by contacting Betsy Yagla at email@example.com or 203-389-3403.
Pictured: Mary Lee Barker, Dale Chodos, First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, Mia VonBeeden and Donna Lehman.