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2016 Service Learners of the Year

San Diego County Library's Service Learning program gives local teens volunteer work experience for school credit and personal enrichment. The following teens have been selected as Service Learners of the Year in recognition of their outstanding contributions and commitment to the library.


Daniel Adams

Rancho San Diego Branch

Daniel has been a Service Learner at the Rancho San Diego Library since February 2015, and has completed more than 100 service hours. He comes in always ready to shelve, empty the book drop, and help customers find the right book. He provides excellent customer service and has a great relationship with staff.


Bethany Arellano

Bonita-Sunnyside Branch

Bethany started as a Service Learner in April 2015 and quickly became one of the Bonita Library's most dependable and dedicated volunteers. She started off doing simple shelving and retrieving paging list items, and has most recently jumped at the opportunity to teach weekly computer classes and assist customers with their technology questions. Bethany's readiness to go above and beyond has made her truly stand out.


Melany Artiaga

Vista Branch

A very competent shelver, Melany has also volunteered in numerous library programs. She ran her own crafting station during the Vista Library’s signature DIY Fest, as well as the weekly K-5 LEGO Madness program. She volunteered at Star Wars day, the Summer Lunch program, the Prom Dress Giveaway, and numerous other library events. Melany's tenacity, work ethic, joviality, adaptability, leadership, drive, initiative, intellect, and dedication is appreciated by Vista branch staff.


Stassa Cappos

Ramona Branch

Stassa's success is a result of her focus, patience, and persistence. She began volunteering at the Ramona Library in January 2015 and is President of the Teen Action Council. As President of TAC, she acts as a role model to other Service Learners by leading meetings amongst her peers and implementing new teen programs like the Seed Exchange at the library. Stassa is a committed scholar focused on improving her community, and is a true leader.


Andrew Doan

4S Ranch Branch

Andrew has volunteered at the 4S Ranch Library since July 2015. He is disciplined, personable, professional, and most of all, reliable. Over the last 19 months, he has helped in the areas of shelving, shelf reading, paging lists, setting up programs, and many other assigned tasks. Andrew's help every week is greatly appreciated by all 4S Ranch staff.


Jose Guadarrama

Valley Center Branch

Jose has been volunteering at the Valley Center Library for more than three years and is an active member of the Teen Advisory Group. He has worked and participated in all aspects of teen programming and has been a key Teen Leader during the busy Summer Meals program. Jose's enthusiastic, confident, and caring personality has helped many other volunteers grow at the Valley Center Branch. Jose is self-motivated and never hesitates to jump in and help out whenever needed and always does it with a smile on his face.


Jaedyn

La Mesa Branch

Jaedyn is a reliable volunteer ay the La Mesa Library, fulfilling her shift every week and tackling each task with a smile. Branch staff especially appreciates the help she provides during the afterschool craft.


Reynalda "Reni" Guadalupe Lopez

Julian Branch

The thing that stands out the most about Reni is her positive, friendly attitude. She is a hardworking, thoughtful student who is always willing to learn and help staff in any way she can. She was one of the Julian Library’s most reliable volunteers for last year's Feeding America's Summer Food Service program: she helped with food prep, serving both breakfast and lunches, and she participated in cleanup. She has done everything from shelving, craft prep, Spanish translation for customers, and assisting with programs.


Jesse Ortiz

Lemon Grove Branch

Jesse is always willing to help with library programs, sometimes even at the last minute. He is dedicated to his work and does a thorough and accurate job at whatever he is assigned to. More importantly, his engaging personality and kind spirit make the library a better place for employees and patrons alike.


Joseline Pichardo

El Cajon Branch

Joseline began volunteering at the El Cajon Library in March 2014, and has completed 165 hours. She is always neat, efficient, and extremely detail-oriented. She takes her shifts very seriously and consistently communicates about her schedule, and library staff can depend on her. Joseline is an invaluable volunteer and branch staff appreciates all of the assistance she provides.


Lucas Ruiz

Del Mar Branch

Lucas Ruiz has volunteered at the Del Mar Library since summer 2016, volunteering every weekend for a total of more than 70 hours. He learns quickly and is efficient, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task very well. His enthusiasm shows every time he volunteers, and the Del Mar branch staff appreciates his dedication and assistance.


Jessica Villagomez

Fallbrook Branch

Jessica has been a consistent and reliable volunteer at the Fallbrook Library with the completion of 190 hours and counting. Jessica has volunteered for numerous library programs serving all ages including Bilingual Storytime, Reading Buddies, and Teen/Tween Crochet Ninja, along with multiple teen Summer Reading programs. Jessica is a great team player and Fallbrook is very thankful to have her.


Zack Wong

Poway Branch

Zack has volunteered more than 150 hours at the Poway Library. He is reliable and consistent with his attendance and the outstanding quality of his work. He is self-managing and understands the flow of branch operations. When he comes in to volunteer, he quickly and accurately shelves books that are waiting to be shelved and immediately asks for further duties when the shelving is complete. He is quiet, efficient, and very pleasant to work with.