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Carol Small Receives 2010 Maher Stern Award for Excellence in Community Service

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August 10, 2010 – At a ceremony held yesterday, Carol Small, the Library Manager at the Hamilton Grange Library, was award the 2010 Maher Stern Award for Service Excellence for her untiring dedication to her library and the community it serves. 

The award was established in 1993 by
Allison Maher Stern along with her husband Leonard Stern. It encourages high standards in branch library service by honoring a librarian and his or her staff for distinction. Included is a $1,000 prize for the winning librarian along with $1,000 to the branch to enhance its quality of service.

Since her arrival at the Hamilton Grange Library, Ms. Small has focused her endeavors on the community. Most notably, with her team, she has developed a Job information center, where users are given extended computer appointments to complete unemployment benefits claims, perform job searches, update resumes and covers letters, and apply for social service benefits. Ms. Small has also worked with her team to offer a variety of popular computer literacy classes, including workshops about Microsoft Word, Job Searching, PowerPoint, Resume Writing, the New York Public Library’s Electronic Resources, Email, and Introduction to the Internet. The Hamilton Grange Library also offers its community diverse programming for all ages, most notably Baby Lap-sit and toddler programs, yoga and fitness classes, poetry contests, book discussion groups, crochet classes, and a Teen Advisory Group (TAG). Under her leadership this library has hosted seven exhibitions by local artists and photographers. And Ms. Small is currently working with library leaders to develop proposals for a teen space for Hamilton Grange.

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