Each year, the Palestine Library Friends names one “Friend of the Year” during the annual dinner meeting.
But this year is special — it's the 25th anniversary of the inception of the Palestine Library Friends Inc., which formed in 1989.
The current board named the founding Board of Directors that began the non-profit organization that helps support the library as its “Friends of the Year” during the PLF's annual meeting Tuesday at Harvey Woman's Club.
“When we realized it was the 25th anniversary of the inception of the Palestine Library Friends, we knew we needed to honor our founding board,” PLF board member Ruth Davis said during the presentation.
A plaque featuring the names of the original board will be placed at the Palestine Public Library. It reads: “The Palestine Library Friends Inc. recognizes and applauds the initial Board of Directors on the 25th anniversary of the inception of this organization that promotes and preserves the welfare and interests of the Palestine Public Library. Thank you for your unselfishly giving of your talents, gifts, time and energy to benefit this worthy cause.”
Original board members include: Sandy Couch, Gay Bryant, Jeannie Chadwell, June McCoy, Frances Ann Dear, Kathi Huffman, David Crisp, Clarissa Delany, Jackson Hanks, the late Charles Sansom, the late Juan Trevino and the late Alice Elrod Whatley.
Bryant, Dear, Huffman, Delany and Hanks were in attendance to receive the award.
Palestine Public Library Director Theresa Holden presented the “Library Employee of the Year” award to library employee Michele Presley — an award voted on by her co-workers.
“She brings her experience as a former director of many years, positive attitude and good judgement to the Palestine Public Library. She works in a department — Circulation — where there are the most complaints which she handles efficiently and with fairness,” Holden said.