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South Pittsburghers honored at Carnegie Library Annual Meeting

 

Mike Smialek (left) was named Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Advocate of the Year; Emily MacIntyre (left center) was named the Teen Advocate; and, Amber Rooke, Brashear Association education coordinator and Renee Greenlee, former education coordinator, accepted the Outstanding Community Partner for the association's Allentown Learning and Engagement Center.

During its annual public meeting on March 31, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees honored Mike Smialek of the North Hills as its 2014 Advocate of the Year and Emily MacIntyre of Carrick as the library's 2014 Teen Advocate.

The annual awards, which are nominated by the public and library staff, recognize outstanding and deserving community members who demonstrate a commitment to further library services.

 A new award, Outstanding Community Partner, was created this year as a way to recognize outstanding organizations and corporations that have enhanced library services and programs by building capacity through staff volunteerism, in-kind donations or sponsorship.

This award, which was nominated by library staff, was presented to The Brashear Association for its partnership in the Allentown Learning and Engagement Center (ALEC), bringing a variety of literacies and education, such as storytimes and children's programming, to the residents of Allentown and building a stronger sense of community.

Mr. Smialek volunteers his time with the library through outreach to the veterans who live at Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, providing free computer classes to his fellow veterans. His extensive background in technology and instruction has been an asset in engaging this very specific population of the community in computer literacy and learning.

He provides one-on-one assistance to Veterans' Place residents who are seeking help with everything from the very basics of computer hardware, to understanding email and Excel spreadsheets.

Emily is an invaluable presence within teen programming at CLP - Carrick. Over the course of one year she helped redesign the library's teen space, co-directed and edited the branch's teen movie project, led the design team for a teen Haunted Library, developed new teen programming, taught knitting to an inter-generational audience and contributed more than 45 volunteer hours to the library.

She also has been instrumental in spreading the word about teen programming to her peers at Pittsburgh Carrick High School, handing out flyers and encouraging others to visit the library.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Advocate of the Year Awards were created as a way for library board and staff to recognize the outstanding library advocacy efforts of community members and partners. Awardees are selected on their demonstration of their belief in the importance of free and equitable access to information in a democratic society; belief that libraries and librarians are vital to the economic, social and educational fabric of our community and their ability to act as ambassadors in the community; serving as the eyes and ears of the library, as well as its voice.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh welcomes new volunteers and advocates at all times. For details visit carnegielibrary.org/volunteer.

 

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