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Award Winning Volunteers!

In 2013, the Library benefited from 369 volunteers contributing a total of 20,698 hours, the equivalent of nearly ten full-time employees. That includes 5,808 hours of assistance from 196 teen volunteers.

In all, volunteers were responsible for an economic impact of $432,174, contributing toward the Library's $4.39 value for each $1 of support from the City of Wichita's 2012 General Fund. This makes a huge impact on the quality of service the Library is able to provide!

Adult volunteers and special guests enjoyed lunch courtesy of the Friends of the Wichita Public Library at a special luncheon in April 2012 with special recognition given to Steve and Ann Starch, winners of the Friends of Kansas Libraries' Volunteers of the Year award. Both the Wichita Genealogical Society and Wichita Public Library Foundation were also commended for celebrating recent 25 year anniversaries. The Friends' own Melzer Award is given annually to the volunteer with the most hours contributed. In 2012, Steve Cloud, a sorter in the Friends Used Bookstore, earned the prestigious award.

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FoKL Volunteers of the Year Steve Starch and Ann Starch, Friends President Gail Fisher and Melzer Award Winner Steve Cloud

Previous Melzer Award Winners

1998 Barbara Melzer Friends Used Bookstore
1999 JoAnn Janzen Friends Used Bookstore
2000 Charley Whitworth Friends Used Bookstore & Local History
2001 Pat Hathaway Westlink Branch Library
2002 Donna Best Circulation
2003 Delores Baker Genealogy
2004 Beverly McAllister Interlibrary Loan
2005 Margaret Miller General Reference
2006 Raymond Stebleton, Jr. Rockwell Branch Library
2007 Tom Ruth Friends Used Bookstore
2008 Ralph Martin Rockwell Branch Library
2009 Fred Rondholz Friends Used Bookstore
2010 Violet Fahler Alford Branch Library
2011 Willa Mae Heisler
Beth Huffmeier
Genealogy/Local History
Alford Branch Library & Technical Services
2012 Steve Cloud Friends Used Bookstore
2013 Brigida Ichikawa Friends Used Bookstore

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