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IB Branch Library honors Virginia Syverson as “Volunteer of the Year” and Frida Montoya Mancisidor as “Service Learner of the Year”

Apr 28, 2016 07:15PM ● By Paul Spear

Imperial Beach Branch Library honors Virginia Syverson as “Volunteer of the Year” and Frida Montoya Mancisidor as “Service Learner of the Year” 

On Tuesday April19th, 2016, the Imperial Beach Branch of the San Diego County Library honored their volunteers for their support during the year 2015.  County Supervisor Greg Cox, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, and SDCL Deputy Director Donna Ohr, along with staff, were present to honor the volunteers and their service to the community. 

Every year a “Volunteer of the Year” and “Service Learner of the Year” are selected to be honored at this event.  This year Virginia Syverson was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” and Frida Montoya Mancisidor as “Service Learner of the Year” Supervisor Cox and Mayor Dedina presented awards to these dedicated members of the community.

For the past 5 years Virginia Syverson has been the acting Secretary of the Friends of the Imperial Beach Library (FOL).  Virginia is very devoted to the FOL and its contributions to the community.  She attends all the FOL programs and can be counted on to help whenever an extra hand is needed.  Virginia was originally planning to become a librarian but, in 1969 she met her husband, Paul, at college, and decided that the UCLA Library Program was too far away from him.   Instead she earned a teaching degree, married Paul, and moved to Imperial Beach.  She has since retired, as a teacher, from Southwest High and devotes her time to serving the community.  When asked what her favorite experience at the library was, she states “I feel truly blessed that I was on the FOL when the planning, ground breaking and now the building of the new library has taken place. I am thrilled every time I go by the site.”

The staff at the Imperial Beach Library has had a wonderful opportunity to watch Frida Montoya Mancisidor grows up here in the library.  Frida has volunteered at the Imperial Beach Library for the past 5 years.  We calculate that she has volunteered over 1500 hours during that time.  As a volunteer, she continues to be an exceptional example and role model for other teens and customers.  She maintains a positive and happy presence when volunteering.  Frida was instrumental in the development of several of our Teen programs as well as provided valuable input on the design of the Teen area in the new library under construction.  Her favorite program at the library is the Imperial Beach Fire Department’s Open House.  At this event Frida represents the library at its booth helping families with crafts or talking about the library and its programs.  Frida is looking forward to college and possibly doing some travel in the near future.  Until she graduates, Frida will continue to spend her time at “quirky coffee shops” where she enjoys reading epic books.



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