SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School (SOMAS) honored Melissa Kopecky, Director of the South Orange Library, and Sarah Lester, Director of the Maplewood Memorial Library, at its Annual meeting on May 21, according to a press release from SOMAS.

Kopecky has been the director of the South Orange Public Library for the last 14 years, and Lester has been the director of the Maplewood Memorial Library since 2012. 

Kopecky and Lester received The Gus & Thelma Sickles Lifelong Learners Award, an award giving annually at SOMAS's annual meeting, in recognition of dedication to lifelong learning. 

Gus and Thelma Sickles were early supporters of SOMAS and the concept of lifelong learning. Thelma Sickles was a trustee for more than forty years and was active in many community groups. Gus Sickles was active in civic organizations and was an avid Adult School student.