Diane Otto received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Lt. Governor Patty Judge during a special ceremony in August.
This program was established in 1982 to honor and recognize volunteers for the commitment, service and time that they contribute to Iowa’s government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Otto was nominated for the award by Jacqueline Bodner, physical education teacher at Keokuk Catholic Schools, for her service as the volunteer librarian, and for all the time she devotes to the students and staff of the school.
Working at school almost daily, Otto has entered the entire book circulation into the computer system, reads to several classes each week, is available to listen to students read when necessary, and is always willing to help the teachers and students.
She always has a smile on her face and a greeting for everyone entering the library. On special days — e.g. the birthday of Dr. Seuss — she “dresses up” like a character of a book, and visits the classrooms.
Each month Otto decorates the library, makes corresponding bookmarks and has special books on display.
The school is so thankful that Otto has become its “Library Lady”!