PRINCETON — Carol Bird has been named this year’s recipient of the Betty Pretzsch Memorial Volunteer award, given out by the Friends of the Princeton Public Library.
To be eligible for the award, the recipient must have served as a Friends member for at least five years and demonstrated his/her interest in the goals of the group by volunteering at the library and supporting the work of the Friends.
Jill Van Acker, president of the Friends, said Bird is always quick to volunteer her time setting up for the Friends book sales. She also cashiers at all the sales and never hesitates to clean up after each event. Bird can be found shelving books once a week in the book sale room at the library and also volunteers in the library’s local history room. She served on the Friends board for many years and was president from 2013 to 2017.
Bird was also instrumental in creating the Betty Pretzsch Memorial Volunteer Award, the Memorial High School Reading Award and spearheaded the creation of giving a paperback book to all area kindergarten and first-grade children each December.
Betty Pretzsch was a past member and secretary of the Friends. She volunteered countless hours in support of Friends activities. Past recipients of the award include Jeanne Austin, Betty Boehle, Esther Tracy and Pat Rinehart.