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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Friends of the Library celebrated with a ’50s-style “Reading Rocks!” party at their annual salad luncheon Monday, Feb. 7 at the Phillips County Museum.

New members were welcomed to the group while volunteers and supporters were honored for their dedication to Holyoke’s Heginbotham Library.

Friends of the Library president Linda Jelden recognized outgoing officers Dorothy Sisneros and Karen Crocker.

Irene Bussell, at left, accepts her Outstanding Volunteer Award from
Friends of the Library president Linda Jelden.        —Enterprise photo

Joining Jelden and treasurer Hilda Hassler on the board this year are vice president Mary Carlsen and secretary Peggy Davis.

Active supporter of the library Irene Bussell received the Outstanding Volunteer Award for all the valuable time and resources she dedicates to the group’s activities.

Since the library is known as a community treasure, Jelden acknowledged librarian Laura Roth as “a treasure inside a treasure,” thanking her for her contributions to the library.

Roth then recognized Jelden for her time spent as president of Friends of the Library.

This local group has kept busy the past year with events like the popular Book Bonanza, Library Extravaganza at Christmas and the inaugural Art and Tea Party last summer.

These events raised funds which allowed Friends of the Library to purchase children’s books at Christmas and support the Summer Reading Program. Equipment has also been updated, and window shades and curtains have been replaced to maintain the historical features of the building.

Monday’s rockin’ Friends of the Library celebration ended with a performance by HHS select choir.

Friends of the Library officers for this year are pictured from left, Hilda Hassler,
Linda Jelden, Mary Carlsen and Peggy Davis.          —Enterprise photo