HAWLEY - “Warm, welcoming, friendly, helpful…..” -- these are just a few of the terms used by the Hawley Public Library to describe Anne Franzo who has been named Volunteer of the Year for 2017.

She was honored at the Library’s recent Volunteer Luncheon when she was presented with the Charles and Alma Hames Volunteer of the Year Award. It is named for the Hames couple who were lifelong dedicated volunteers in this community. Alma Hames is also among the original founders of the Library.

A Long Island, NY, native and now a Blooming Grove resident, Franzo is a veteran of about 21 years as a Library volunteer, much of it spent working at the Main Desk first on Thursday afternoons and now on Saturdays. She confides that she did take a little time off from volunteering to raise dairy goats but was back to the Library pretty quickly.

Also known among Library regulars as “Annie”, she reports that she felt a little overwhelmed when she first began working with the computers, but overall “I enjoy everything -- chatting with patrons, pulling books, shelving books. I love books and I love reading. I’m happy to see that people still take real books out.”

Anne describes the area a “a very very pleasant place to live,” noting that she and her husband have been property owners in Blooming Grove for 40 years and that both their son and daughter are graduates of Wallenpaupack Area schools. In fact, she has also been employed as a “Lunch Lady” at Wallenpaupack for about 25 years, currently working at the North Primary School. Come December she will be retiring as a “Lunch Lady” and she hopes to add to her hours at the Library!

Library Executive Director Deborah Corcoran says of Franzo, “She is a delightful person.  People are drawn to her.  They know she cares about them. When I first started working at the Library, Anne made me feel welcome and included me in her circle of friends. Anne is exactly the kind of person we want to represent the Library. I always feel better when I see Anne’s smiling face.”

Other Hames Award recipients have been: Caryl Schaeder, 2000; Nancy Parke, 2001; Betty Crissy, 2002; Carole Pederson, 2003; Marie Williams, 2004; Norma Anderson, 2005; Joan Nilsen, 2006; Grace Frisbie, 2007; Pat Spruce, 2008; Gloria Cagnacci, 2009; Barbara Novak, 2010; Fred Hiris, 2011; Fanny Marshall 2012; Penny Hughes, 2013; Barbara Scofield, 2014; Michael Lashutka, 2015; and Susan Courtright, 2016.

The Hawley Public Library is located at 103 Main Avenue, Hawley.