BATAVIA – It was time for Friends of the Library at Richmond Memorial Library to honor a Friend of the Year and for this award the group chose Anne Iannello.
Iannello was honored this morning at a reception in the Gallery Room honoring Girlfriend of the Year 2022 Anne Iannello. Each year, the Friends of the Library honor a volunteer who has done everything in his or her service to the Richmond Memorial.
Friends of the Library President Kathy Zipkin said library staff submit nominations.
“They interact with our volunteers every day, so they suggest who could be this year’s recipient,” Zipkin said. “Anne is a very familiar face here in the library. She volunteers many hours for the Library Visitation Program. She also volunteers with book sales and supports many library programs.”
Library visits bring library services and materials to individuals in Genesee County. She delivers materials to several patrons and calls patrons quarterly to connect and verify what they need from the program.
“These check-in calls are very important and Ann has a wonderful ability to make these calls very comfortable and has a lot of patience with everyone she talks to,” Zipkin said.
Zipkin said today’s reception was a chance for Friends of the Library to let everyone know how much Iannello is appreciated for her willingness to give her time and do whatever is necessary.
“You move when you volunteer. You make life a little bit better for so many by delivering books and films and just being a good listener with compassion,” Zipkin told Iannello. “If you spend your time helping others, it shows your kindness, generosity, and quality of character. I want you to know how much your volunteer work is appreciated by so many here at the library.”
Library visits coordinator Lucine Kauffman nominated Anne for the award, sharing that “Anne is the kind of volunteer that every program hopes for. She has brought so much to our library visits and I am so happy that the friends have decided to honor her with this award.”
At the reception, Kauffman told the gathering that Iannello grew up in Batavia, graduated from Batavia High School, and settled in Albany to work as a registered nurse.
“Thirty years later, after working as a nurse in a hospice for about 25 years, she and her husband Rick retired and moved back to their hometown of Batavia in 2017. Even before they were settled into their new home, Anne began volunteering in our community,” Kauffman said. “Fortunately for us, she made her way to Richmond Memorial Library, where she served diligently and tirelessly with compassion, enthusiasm and good humor for the library visitation program.”
As a purveyor of books and films, Iannello has Washington Towers and its residents covered, Kauffman said.
“She regularly delivers library materials to several people in the Washington Towers,” the library visits coordinator said. “About quarterly, she comes into the library and calls 30 to 45 individual users who have overdue materials that we haven’t heard from in a while. This serves as a friendly welfare check as well as a quick service to participating customers who may not remember to contact us for further delivery and collection. Her cheerful and energetic nature brightens up any situation. Let me tell you that she has encountered some challenging situations in carrying out her volunteer library visiting duties.”
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