Yvonne Gloede named Outstanding Librarian of the Year

Yvonne Gloede, our library director, has been  named “Outstanding Librarian of the Year” for 2011 by the Maine Library Association.

The award, which recognizes Gloede’s dedication to library services in the St. George community, was presented May 10 during an MLA reception in the Portland Public Library.

In considering the nomination, the MLA noted: “Her commitment to the patrons and reading is remarkable. She knows nearly every patron by name, and can tell you the genre of books they read and any new books on the shelf that they may be interested in.”

“Yvonne is a true ambassador for the library, both on and off the job, spreading the word about library programs and services, and sharing her excitement about what a great community resource it is,” said Susan Bates, president of the Jackson Memorial Library Board. “One good example of this is the new Pre-K program, which now serves twelve families in St George.”

The award also cited her for her management of more than 30 volunteers and for the growth of the library's circulation and use in the past five years.

Upon accepting the award, Ms Gloede thanked her peers for the honor and “my Board, our Associate Director, Devin Burritt, and the 30 volunteers who make me look good.”


The Library will hold a reception for Gloede in June in recognition of the award.