The annual Arizona Library Association conference recognizes library workers and volunteers from across the state for their hard work and dedication to their library systems. This year’s conference took place in Prescott, Arizona on Oct. 27 – 28, and was the first time the conference was held in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pat Ansell, a volunteer from Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library branch, took home the distinguished ‘Library Volunteer of the Year Award,’ which recognizes a volunteer who has demonstrated a personal commitment to volunteering.
Pat has been volunteering at Scottsdale Public Library for 10 years and is the most active volunteer in the library system, often clocking in over 100 hours a month. For perspective, in October of 2022, of the 550 total hours library volunteers put in, Pat was responsible for 114. Her primary role is overseeing the Library Shop at Civic Center, where she processes thousands of pounds of donations each week and maintains the shop. She is beloved by staff and continuously goes above and beyond to provide excellent service to library patrons. “Ms. Ansell is unlike any other volunteer I have ever worked with, not only in my current role, but in my entire library career.” said Raymond Ceo, supervisor of volunteers. “Her dedication is certainly noteworthy, but her kindness, upbeat demeanor and just positive attitude is simply infectious.”
Pat was extremely grateful to be recognized for this prestigious award. “I appreciate being able to volunteer at Scottsdale Public Library, to be able to work with public employees and other volunteers and to gain knowledge from the books donated, such as classics to children’s. Also, I treasure the legacy I can leave my son and grandchildren.”
Learn how to volunteer at the Scottsdale Public Library.