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Posted on: June 22, 2020

MRSPL Foundation Announces Chet De Long Award

An annual Award for Outstanding Service has been established in honor of longtime library board member and volunteer Chet De Long.

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Chet De Long Award for Outstanding Service

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation announced this week an annual award for outstanding service to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library, in honor of Chet De Long.
The Chet De Long Award for Outstanding Service, in the amount of $1,000, will be presented annually to a library staff member or volunteer who has shown the qualities of dedication and public service that exemplify the civic life of Chet De Long. The first recipient will be chosen and honored in Fall 2020.

Mr. De Long has supported the Mary Riley Styles Public Library in many vital ways over more than 25 years:

Library Board of Trustees: Mr. De Long has served for over 25 years on the library’s governing board. As board member and vice-chairman, he helped to guide library policy, supporting three different library directors. Over the past decade, he was crucial to planning the renovation of the library, including advocacy with the City Council. In 2016, he spearheaded efforts to successfully pass a library bond referendum, which financed the renovation and expansion project that began in March 2020.

Library Volunteer: Mr. De Long has volunteered his services at the library for 26 years. For up to 300 hours per year, he has worked behind the scenes at the library, mostly in Technical Services assisting the intake of new material and the deletion of old items, and supporting the library’s ongoing book, CD and DVD sale.

Library Foundation: While on the board, Mr. De Long championed the idea of a fundraising organization to support the library. After the organization was established in 2004, he served as Financial Officer and fundraiser for many years. The Foundation provides annual assistance for library materials, services, programs and equipment. 

For all these efforts, the Foundation is proud to honor Mr. De Long with the establishment in his name of this annual Award for Outstanding Service.

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