Shining Star Awards


The Stanislaus Library Foundation will present its annual Shining Star Awards at the Library’s Volunteer Appreciation Event, scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at the Salida Library. The Shining Star Awards honor those who have shown outstanding support of the library through volunteerism, library advocacy or financial support. Shining Star recipients are recognized in three categories: volunteers, Friends of the Library, and Business/Organization. Please consider nominating a library volunteer, Friends member and/or local business/organization that has been particularly supportive of the library.  Past recipients are listed on the nomination form for your information.
Please CLICK HERE to download the nomination form.  It is a fill-in pdf form, with options to email or print your submission. The deadline to submit a nomination is March 11, 2016.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the Shining Star Awards.
Susan Lilly
Communications, Marketing & Fund Development Manager
Stanislaus County Library
1500 I Street, Modesto, CA  95354



Shining Stars 2015:

Award List:

Maree Hawkins received the Joan Patterson Stellar Award, which recognizes longtime library volunteers. Ms. Hawkins has completed 15 years as a member of the Stanislaus Library Foundation board, the longest in board history. She has served as secretary, treasurer and board chairwoman. “Her wisdom and experience and unqualified love of the library have served as an inspiration to the SLF board members,” according to the release.

Shining Stars awards were presented to honorees in three categories:

Friends of the Library

▪ Judy Pierce joined Friends of the Modesto Library in 2011 and has served as co-president of the group and as publisher of its newsletter. She has been a liaison with library management through renovations of the Children’s Room, funded by FOML.

 Sandy Mann is active in Friends of the Turlock Library and has been responsible for book sorting, done 34 times each year to prepare for the annual book sale.

▪ Nancy McNatt volunteers daily at the Salida library, arranges the book tables and coordinates the two books sales each year for Friends of the Salida Library.

▪ Frank Clark serves on the Oakdale Board of Directors for the Friends of the Oakdale Library. As part of his many volunteer efforts, he helped in fundraising for Measure T and promotes the Oakdale library to community and civic organizations.

Individual volunteer

▪ Dorothy Watson has been volunteering for the Ceres library since 1992, going to the library every Monday morning and spending two hours shelving, pulling holds and supporting the library staff in numerous ways.


 Since 2003, Paul Rey’s company, Foothill Systems, has provided hosting, registration and name domain of the foundation’s website and has continued the work at no cost. Paul also assisted with the Yes on T campaign.


Shining Stars 2014:

  • Friends of the Library category:
    • Susan Hansen, secretary of the Friends of the Denair Library for several years, who has contributed quilts, aprons, table runners and placemats she has sewn to sell at the annual Friends holiday boutique fundraiser.
    • Ann Pedro, a friend of the Ceres Library for over four years, who volunteers with sorting and filling the library’s request list.  Treasurer of the Friends, she also organizes the group’s annual book sale and sorts books throughout the year.
    • Luan Oney, treasurer of the Friends of the Waterford Library since 2008, assists with the annual book sale and walked precincts in support of the of the 2012 measure T campaign.

Individual/volunteer category:

    • Gabee Abarca, Riverbank Library volunteer, works two days a week, doing a variety of tasks, including shelving and organizing in the children’s and teens area.
    • Sheridan Beuving, a member of the Library Advisory Board since 2002, has served as chairman since 2008.  As chairman he presents annual reports to the Board of Supervisors.  He led the advisory group in a study of library funding models which concluded that the dedicated sales tax was the most viable method of funding the library system.  The Library Board recommended the continuation of the tax to the Board of Supervisors, leading to the most recent extension on the ballot in June 2012.
    • Maudeen Martin and her therapy dogs Arthur and Nellie participate in the library’s Read to a Dog program. This provides a non-judgmental atmosphere for independent readers to practice reading out loud.  Ms. Martin helps to foster a love of reading for the younger set.

Business category: Since 2012 Ken Beard and the Beard Land Improvement Company have provides the Friends of the Modesto Library with storage space for thousands of books that are sold at the Friends Used Book sale on the first Saturday of May.  Access to storage allows the group to collect more books earlier in the year and sort them over several months.  The Modesto Friends has made almost $10,000 in the last three years.



Bev Finley/Scott Monday – Library Advocacy

Clare Noonan – Friends of the Modesto Library

HyPower Hydraulics – In-kind support

Waterford News – Library Supporter

Joan Patterson Stellar Achievement Award

Richard Hagert


Mark Looker, Looker Communications Consulting – Stanislaus Reads


Crescencia Maurer – Friends of the Newman Library

Ellen Dambrosio – Friends of the Modesto Library

Vintage Faire Mall – Library Supporter


Stan Cunningham – Volunteer computer instructor

Marye Martinez – Friends of the Empire Library

The Stanislaus Civil War Association – Abraham Lincoln Exhibit support

Petrulakis Jensen and Friedrich – Ongoing in-kind support

Joan Patterson Stellar Achievement Award

Patricia Hickman – Friends of the Turlock Library


Harrison Gibbs – Turlock Library Volunteer/Friends of the Turlock Library

Susan Helm-Lauber – Friends of the Turlock Library

Stella Beratlis – Friends of the Modesto Library

Jim Sterling – Friends of the Empire Library

Dittos Printing – Discounted and donated printing services for the Library

and Friends of the Modesto Library


Anne Britton – Modesto & Empire Library Volunteer, Friends

of the Modesto

Library Member, Friends Book Fair Chairperson

Anita Hay – Volunteer Knitting Teacher, Friends of the Waterford Library

Bright Family Foundation – Library Supporter


Carole Boyett – Library Supporter/Founding member of the Stanislaus

County Library Foundation

Friends of the Modesto Library – Outgoing Board of Directors

Omega Nu – Support for Children’s Dinner Theater


Scotty Gonser – Volunteer Computer Teacher

Pat Graham – Friends of the Oakdale Library

Joan Ahlstrand – Friends of the Turlock Library

Valley First Credit Union – Ongoing support


Margaret Prudot – Volunteer Book Mender

Peggy Bowen – Friends of the Hughson Library

Children & Families Commission – Traveling Tales Support


Credit Bureau of Stanislaus County Community Foundation – Teen

Programming Grant

Rhoda Yare – Home Delivery Service Volunteer

Shirley Schultz – Friends of the Waterford Library


John Evans/Craig Lewis – Library Advocacy

Dieter & Hanna Renning – Friends of the Turlock Library

The Modesto Bee – Literacy, Book Club, etc.