|April 2002||Volume 4 Number 2|
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Receives Award
On Thursday, March 28, 2002 the Connecticut State Library's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) was honored at the Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) Awards Celebration with the 2002 Raymond E. Baldwin Award. Established in 1983 in memory and honor of former Governor, Legislator and Chief Justice of Connecticut, Raymond E. Baldwin, "this award recognizes an individual, agency, civic organization or volunteer group who has made outstanding contributions to the betterment and enrichment of the lives of persons who are blind in Connecticut."
The library was nominated on behalf of the members of ACAC, Agency Consumer Advisory Committee for BESB, because "the dedication of Carol and her staff make the Library for the Blind and Carol Taylor worthy recipients..." The nomination recognizes the library's outreach activities, volunteer program development, and its "meaningful partnership with its readers." It further states that "Outreach activities have created a dynamic library, in touch with the population it serves, reaching out for eligible patrons, and spreading a positive message of an essential service..." The staff has created an atmosphere where volunteers can play an active part in assuring excellence in library service.
Marcia Baran, a longtime volunteer of the library was the honored recipient of the BESB 2002 Emily Welles Foster award. Established in 1988 in memory and honor of Emily Welles Foster who was instrumental in the establishment of the Oak Hill School for the Blind in 1893 this award is for a legally blind resident of Connecticut in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in any sphere of activity. Marcia was chosen for her advocacy role in promoting special services for the disabled and her tireless volunteer spirit.
The entire library staff was in attendance for the celebration held in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol. A luncheon followed. This truly was a well deserved recognition of the library staff and their dedication to the mission "That All May Read." Staff and other library guests ended their day by touring the Legislative Office Building and the Connecticut State Library facilities.
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