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Pictured, from left are: Debbie Reilly, Nathan Walker, Sandy Price, Brianna Pittman, Mary Derochea, Taylor Keeran, Adam Chang and Eric Head.

The library patrons in Citrus County have long regarded the staff and volunteers in our local libraries some of the best in the state. Now, they are receiving some well-deserved recognition for a job well done.

The Citrus County Library System (CCLS) is very proud to announce that several of the staff and volunteers were recently honored with statewide awards for their significant contributions to the library system in service to their community.

Leading In literacy

On May 3 at the Florida Literacy Coalition’s Annual Conference in Daytona Beach, Mary Derochea was awarded the Outstanding Literacy Volunteer Award for 2019.

Derochea was instrumental in the library’s literacy program in many ways, from tutoring learners individually, to teaching Language Arts classes to groups.

She has been working in the library’s literacy program for over 10 years and was the first tutor to help a learner achieve their GED with the help from the library system.

Volunteer advocates

On May 15 at the Florida Library Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando, Library Advisory Board Chair and Friends of the Citrus County Library System President Sandy Price was presented with the Florida Library Association’s Friends, Foundations & Boards Outstanding Member of the Year Award.

Price has been a vital advocate for the Citrus County Library System since 1996. In addition to now leading the Friend’s bi-annual Mega Book Sales, she was the inspiration and lead behind the annual Love Your Library fundraiser which is entering its 10th year.

Staff engage, innovate

CCLS Instruction & Research Librarian Adam Chang was honored with the Florida Library Association’s Outstanding New Librarian Award. Chang has developed more than 30 new technology classes to serve our community.

Since earning his master’s degree in library science in 2015, Adam has pursued further training and has gone on to train other library professionals around the state. He has contributed to many library related committees and task forces on a state and national level.

Additionally, the entire CCLS Instruction & Research Team was presented with the Florida Library Association’s Exemplary Instructional Programs and Services Award. Team members include Adam Chang, Taylor Keeran, Brianna Pittman and Nathan Walker. These librarians continually expand and develop new classes and programs to best suit the community’s needs.

Classes, which primarily focus on technology, provide residents with the opportunity to get hands-on learning experiences at any branch location. Thanks to their commitment to making new classes available, and keeping existing programs current, the library system has seen an average of 25% growth in class attendance.

Many congratulations to all of the award winners. Our libraries are making the community stronger due to their hard work and dedication.

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