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November 01, 2010
CONTACT:Paula Smus
Acting Library Services Division Manager

Moreno Valley 2009 Volunteer of the Year

Alma Mittleider has been awarded the 2009 Moreno Valley Volunteer of the Year. Mittleider, 77, has been a member of the Moreno Valley Friends of the Library for numerous years and has been directly involved with the Book Nook for over a decade. The Friends of the Library Book Nook offers thousands of books, videos, CDs, magazines and other items available at yard sale prices to all library customers. Since Mittleider took over as the Book Nook Keeper in 2005 over $50,000 has been raised to help support the library.

The revenue received by the Friends of the Library Book Nook is utilized to purchase materials and equipment for the library and has provided sponsorships for various library programs. For example, the Friends of the Library has purchased large quantities of children’s books as well as two monitors to display the queuing of computer users waiting for computers to become available in the library’s computer lab. Another major contribution by the Friends of the Library has been the purchase of supplies and incentives for the library’s annual summer reading programs. Without their help, the library would not have been able to provide this very popular program.

Mittleider is a very dedicated volunteer who comes into the library three to five days a week to sift through donations, often working six hours a day. She sorts and distributes up to 500 donated items a day. In fiscal year 2008-09 alone, Mittleider worked over 500 hours with the Book Nook. She works tirelessly and sets a great example of a high work ethic and dedication for the volunteers who work alongside her, as well as for library staff. Mittleider was honored with a special presentation by the Mayor and City Council.

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