Shenandoah County Library staff receive awards

Hank Zimmerman, board chairman for Shenandoah County Library, has been recognized as “Outstanding Library Trustee” for libraries serving a population of 24,000 to 49,999 by the Virginia Public Library Director’s Association. The association also recognized the library’s outreach to residents of Dutch Haven, led by Adult Services Librarian David Robinson, as “Outstanding Program for Seniors.”

Hank Zimmerman has served as library board chairman for the past three years, according to a press release from the library. The VPLDA award recognizes that he has “served the library with distinction” and notes that “the Library System has thrived under Hank’s leadership over the past year,” according to the release.

Most notably, Zimmerman spearheaded a successful strategic planning process for the library’s local history resources and contributed to the expansion of library communications efforts, the release said.

David Robinson has been providing e-reader outreach at Dutch Haven Assisted Living in Maurertown. Funding from the Shenandoah County Library Foundation made possible the purchase of eight e-ink kindle devices that allow the residents to read library e-books in large print. The e-reader devices’ ability to increase font size allows reading without eye strain and has restored reading ability for some residents, the release said. The outreach program is ongoing and Robinson has recently expanded his outreach efforts to include Greenfield Assisted Living in Strasburg.

The Virginia Public Library Director’s Association awards are given annually to libraries in multiple categories for both programs and people based on population served.