Every May, the Friends of The Library of The Chathams host a volunteer luncheon to thank all of the members of the community who work hard to make the library a great place.

These volunteers organize the Friends’ book sale, host events at the library, maintain the library’s gardens, and help to keep library collections organized, among many other tasks. 

During the event, one volunteer is chosen to receive the Mayors’ Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Library of The Chathams. This year’s recipient is Sue Burlingame, who, for more than a decade has volunteered both at the Friends of The Library book sale and, with great consistency and reliability, at a variety of crucial organizational tasks in the library. 

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Chatham Township Mayor Kevin Sullivan and Chatham Borough Council President Gerald Helfrich presented the award to Burlingame.

The Friends of The Library also honored book sale volunteer Peter Stecher for his dedication. During the ceremony, Friends President Tony Britt announced that this year’s annual book sale was one of the most successful to date—Britt then presented Library of The Chathams Director Karen Brodsky with a check for $27,526.75. The monies were raised from both the book sale and increased membership in the Friends of The Library.

Friends of The Library donations are used for a variety of purposes, including children, teen, and adult programming at the library, books, a subscription to Lynda.com, museum passes, and much more.

For more information about the Friends of The Library, please see the library’s website (http://www.chathamlibrary.org/the-friends/).