Queens Library Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Ann Leonard

Posted by: yetheart, April 19, 2018 7:08 pm
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Mary Ann Leonard

It’s National Volunteer Week 2018, and we want to celebrate the important role of volunteers at Queens Library!

All this week, we will share stories of our volunteers on our blog. Thank you to them, and to every Queens Library volunteer, for their service!

This year, Queens Library decided to create the Go the Extra Mile (G.E.M.) Volunteer Award to celebrate our volunteers that go above and beyond in their service and embody the library’s mission “to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities.”

Three of our volunteers received Fall 2017 G.E.M. Volunteer Awards and three have been recognized as Honorable Mentions.

Today, we’re introducing you to one of our Honorable Mentions, Mary Ann Leonard, an ESOL Conversation Group Leader at Glen Oaks Community Library.

Mary Ann is one of the many adult education volunteers at Queens Library. As a English Conversation Group Leader at Glen Oaks, she offers local residents a rich learning experience influenced by her own personal touches.

Mary Ann offers much more than casual drop-by sessions. She often brings in her own materials, props, and visual aids to her detailed lessons. Her sessions are well attended as she instructs with passion and compassion, and always acts in the best interests of her students.

“Mary Ann engages each person, on their level, and truly makes a difference in their lives," says Glen Oaks Customer Service Supervisor Jerrie Grantham. “She individualizes her topics for each of her customers, and she does it with caring, compassion, and empathy. The Glen Oaks staff consider Mary Ann a pleasure to work with, and know that she is a dearly loved and respected volunteer. Her students love and respect her, and they are confident that she has their best interests at heart."

Congratulations, Mary Ann, and thank you for going above and beyond for your students!