The Staples Library staff hosted a reception January 30 for their phone caller volunteers Mary Hartman and Jeri Jasmer (left and right in the photograph). They have been calling patrons on behalf of the library to notify them when requested items arrive at Staples. Those items could come from one of our 31 other branches in the Great River Regional Library system or from other Minnesota or U.S. libraries. Mary Hartman has been making calls for more than ten years and Jeri Jasmer has volunteered for more than three years.
The ladies were honored at this time because the library system has initiated an automated telephone holds notification system and the phone callers are "hanging up the receiver" for this volunteer task. Staples Librarian Ellen Peters expects to recruit them for other volunteer opportunities in the future. She thanked Mary and Jeri and all other Staples Library volunteers. Refreshments and flowers were provided by the Friends of the Staples Library.