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Fifteen Year Award

 Shirley Williams

Awarded at July 2012 Board Meeting

Shirley joined the Administration team on June 16, 1997, as our Business Manager. Shirley’s responsibilities include managing financial transactions and records, overseeing accounts payable, supervising bankswilliams001 deposits, maintaining online and automated banking for the library district, prepares expenditure reports, and does many other tasks necessary to keep our library’s business and financial operations running smoothly.

Shirley is always happy to help and is willing to take the time to explain how complex financial operations work or to review a budget line item with a fellow staff member. She works well with the rest of Administration team and always has a smile for everyone.

Shirley is a hardworking and dedicated staff member. Congratulations to Shirley on her 15 years at the Fountaindale Public Library District.






Wendy Birkemeier
Awarded at September 2012 Board Meeting

Wendy Birkemeier came to our library district an experienced Children’s Services Manager after a decade of such work in New Jersey public libraries. While her husband later pursued a culinary career in New York wberkemeier_finaland Vermont, Wendy lent her education, library experience and talents towards the bookseller field and market on the East Coast. She then returned to librarianship with her move to Illinois and to Fountaindale in the fall of 1997, to accept the position as Assistant Head of Children’s Services at Fountaindale Public Library District.

Wendy has served as a strong leader of the Children’s Services team and an integral member of the management team for the past fifteen years. With her solid commitment to customer service, Wendy strives to provide Fountaindale cardholders and visitors with the absolute best services, materials, programs, reference assistance, homework help and reader’s advisory assistance there is to offer. W endy’s interest in serving our youngest of patrons recently led her to suggest and implement the current process of checking out video games, which has increased circulation by over 1,200 items per month since late 2011. This is just an example of Wendy’s high motivation and standard for moving forward with new services despite the challenges.

Wendy fosters teamwork and initiative amongst her very talented staff, and readily encourages them to explore new ideas, learn new skills, and branch out into uncharted territory. Wendy is always on the lookout for creative ideas, and consistently brings them to the table for discussion and brainstorming. She is particularly attuned to the needs of the patron, and is a holistic, creative thinker and valued communicator.

Wendy’s refreshing perspective is combined with a truly great sense of humor and a warm character. She is generous to her community, loyal to her library, friendly to her environment and caring towards her coworkers. We look forward to many more years to come with Wendy as a valued member of our team. Congratulations on 15 years of service, Wendy!



Ten Year Awards

Tom Degutis

Awarded at October 2012 Board Meetingtdegutis_final

Tom Degutis is celebrating 10 years of service with the Fountaindale Public Library this year.  Tom joined the Adult and Teen Services Department on October 21, 2002 as an Adult Services Librarian, a position he continues to hold to this day.  Throughout his career with Fountaindale, Tom has delivered above and beyond service to patrons in the community. Library service provides Tom with the opportunity to assist patrons in achieving their goals and the ability to acquire knowledge along the way. 

Tom currently cultivates Periodicals, Parenting, Cooking and Craft titles for the library.  He also creates outstanding resource guides and blogs on a variety of subjects.
His culinary expertise as a pastry chef has given him high praise from staff whenever he brings his tasty treats to share.

Tom’s dedication to patrons and finding resources to assist them is indicative of the many compliments he receives for his service.  More than one department staff member will tell you, “Tom is the best librarian I have ever had the pleasure to work with” – which is very high and much deserved praise.  

Thank you, Tom for 10 wonderful years of service.




Five Year Awards

Jill Boreham - HR Manager
Awarded at January 2013 Board Meeting 

Jill Boreham is celebrating 5 years of service with the Fountaindale Public Library this year. Jill joined the Admin Team on December 3, 2007 as our Human Resources Manager, a position she holds to this day. During her tenure with our library Jill has worked very hard to deliver excellent human resources services to our library, particularly our supervisors and managers – and our Executive Director!

The laws and regulations that govern employment are vast and complex, and Jill does an excellent job distilling the essential elements so that we all know the correct way to do things. Jill strives to make sure that we apply laws, regulations and policies in a fair way to all staff – we see that in how she presents information to us all and how she asks questions. Jill also brings forth many excellent ideas for training opportunities for all staff at our library.

Thank you, Jill, for 5 wonderful years of service.


Cindy Consalvo - Bookmobile Assistant
Cindy_Consalvo_with_CaptionAwarded at 02/16/2012 Board Meeting

Cindy began her employment with the library in February 2007 in the Children’s Services Department as a part-time Assistant. Cindy was then promoted to a full-time position as a Periodicals Assistant in the Technical Services Department.

Cindy joined the Outreach Department as a Bookmobile Assistant in May 2008. She drives the Bookmobile and helps patrons of all ages, to find library materials. Cindy is very friendly, outgoing, and makes sure she engages each patron as they come on the Bookmobile. If the Bookmobile is out of commission for repairs, she is ready and able to set up lobby service at schools, or places like the Levy Center. She is an energetic employee, and goes to each resident’s rooms at Heritage Woods and Meadowbrook Manor to find out what they like to read, listen to, or watch.

Cindy provides a story time to the Home School Association that meets in Westwood Church in Bolingbrook. The teachers provide the monthly themes, and Cindy organizes her stories and supplemental materials for the teachers. Cindy receives high compliments on her work.

Cindy also provided story time to participants at the February 2011 Winterfest at the Park District. In May 2011, Cindy was a “guest reader at Wood View Elementary school. She works at Outreach events such as: Tons of Trucks, Taste of Bolingbrook, Cavalcade of Planes, Village Picnic, and Bolingbrook Parade.

Cindy also used her creative talents to co- create the MOPS – Mobile Outreach Puppeteers in 2011. The Bookmobile handicap lift provides a staging area for the plays. Last summer and early fall, several performances of “fractured fairy tales” were presented at several Bookmobile stops.

In January 2012, Cindy co-hosted all of the preschools from the Park District. Each class visited the library, took a tour of Children’s Services, and participated in some excellent story times. Cindy received a wonderful complement from all of the teachers. One in particular was so pleased with Cindy’s storytelling abilities and how well she got the children involved in the group activities.

Outreach Services staff is very proud of Cindy and her accomplishments. Congratulations on 5 years of excellent service!


Lynnette Hopwood
Awarded at 3/22/2012 Board Meeting
lhopwood01Lynnette Hopwood is celebrating her fifth year of service with the Fountaindale Public Library District. Lynnette began her career with the FPLD as an Adult and
Teen Service Librarian in March of 2007. In March of 2008, she was promoted to her current position; Senior Librarian in charge of Reader’s Services & Inter-Library Loan and oversees a staff of three.
Lynnette’s friendly and welcoming demeanor is a great asset to both her department and to the greater library environment. Her exceptional knowledge of library materials has allowed her to assist patrons with a high caliber of professional service. Lynnette is also the leading resident expert in the use of Nook e-readers and several online e-book resources.

Lynnette’s enthusiasm for library service is apparent in her daily work with the
public. Her ability to encourage and assist patrons and staff has made her a well-
respected and regarded member of our library.

Congratulations on your five years of wonderful service to our library!


Samuel Tsegay
Awarded at 3/22/12 Board Meeting

Samuel Tsegay moved to the United States from the State of Eritrea (pronounced air-ih-TREE-uh) on the Horn of Africa, in 2006. He started his employment with Fountaindale Library on February 27, 2007 as a Circulation Aide.   He originally worked at the Romeoville location of Fountaindale until he was transferred to Bolingbrook. Sam is an asset to the Fountaindale Library. He kstsegay01nows how to do his job and he performs it well. When we moved into the new building Sam suggested assembling staff to pass books from shelf to shelf to shift the books in readiness for the grand opening of the library.

Whenever there was a need for someone to wear a costume for the story time programs in Romeoville, Sam would volunteer to dress up for the enjoyment of the children. He never seemed to mind and actually enjoyed himself. That tradition continued after he transferred to our Bolingbrook location. Sam’s family even comes to see their father dressed up during story time!

Sam is friendly and knowledgeable about the work performed by the Circulation Aides. He is always willing to assist new Aides, co-workers, and patrons whenever he is able. It is a pleasure to know and work with Sam.

One last thing to mention is that whenever Sam works he stays and waits for the women in the Circulation department to leave and walks out with them. He also waits in the parking lot until everyone drives away before he heads home. This very thoughtful of him and has not gone unnoticed by the Circulation staff.

Congratulations Sam!


Melissa Mercado
Awarded at May 2012 Board Meeting

Melissa joined Outreach Services on April 30, 2007, as a part-time Bookmobile Aide, and was responsible for helping to load and unload the Bookmobile, and for shelving the Bookmobile collection in our office spacemmercado001 and in the garage. She was quickly given more responsibility because of her attention to details. Melissa learned how to use Workflows, and processed the Bookmobile in-transit material from Circulation. She assisted with collection maintenance, and eventually took over the shelving and cleaning of the entire collection.

Because of the new building construction, Outreach Services had to move three times. Melissa worked closely with the Manager to prepare all of the collections and associated materials for the moves. After each move, Melissa was responsible for putting the collection back in order and making it easily accessible for staff.

Melissa was promoted to a part-time Outreach Associate position, and quickly became an important part of the BKM and Outreach team. She successfully passed her C license exam, and brought back updated driving safety tips to the staff. Her bilingual skills are a strong asset for us at community and school stops. This spring Melissa was a guest reader at Wood View Elementary School. She had a great time reading to the students, and had the students read to her. We have a new story teller in the making! This summer, Melissa will be added as a back-up MOPS player. Melissa is a very hard working and dedicated Outreach employee. Congratulations to Melissa on her 5 years at the Fountaindale Public Library District.


Rocio Brown
Awarded at May 2012 Board Meeting

Rocio or “Rozie” started her career at Fountaindale Public Library as a Computer Assistant on May 21, 2007. After a year, she transferred to the Technical Services department where she was promoted to Periodicalsrbrown001 Assistant. She worked on numerous projects including tagging items for the new RFID system and re-cataloging the CD collection to make it more user friendly for FPLD patrons.

In June 2010, Rozie made her way to the Adult and Teen Services Department as the Programming Assistant and has been there ever since. She has successfully hosted large events at the library including a Cinco De May Celebration with a live Mariachi band and also took the lead in planning the library’s 1st Birthday Party. To hone in on her creativity skills, Rozie started a monthly crafting club for teens and a simple homemade crafts program for adults during the holiday season.

ATSD is very proud to have Rozie as part of their department. She has excellent customer service skills and is always pleasant. She works well with the rest of the department and also actively participates with other departments to plan larger events for the library. Her creative mind has continued to provide wonderful ideas for programming and we are always excited to see what she will come up with next.

Congratulations Rozie on 5 years of service!


Tony Lucarrellitlucarelli001
Awarded at July 2012 Board Meeting

 Back in 1990, Tony worked at Fountaindale as a Page in the Information Services Department.  In 1992, Tony became a Clerk in the same department.  In 1998, Tony was offered a 3 month temporary position in the Information Services Department.

In early 2007, Tony accepted a temporary position as Administrative Assistant.  Effective July 1, 2007 Tony accepted the part-time Public Relations Specialist and went full-time in September 2007.  Tony is currently the library’s Emerging Technologies Librarian.

During his tenure at the Fountaindale Public Library, Tony Lucarelli has advanced the mission of our organization with a high caliber of professional and technological service.   Tony has served the library in several capacities during his career, working tirelessly to promote and support business and technology-oriented services.  His interests and experience both professional and personal have contributed to the overall success of the Adult and Teen Service Department.  Tony’s open and generous use of knowledge has given him the ability to assist with many exciting initiatives in our beautiful new library building.  

Tony is a great asset to our team, and we are very pleased to congratulate him for five years of service!








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