Norman teen Hanzi Zhang, 17, recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Bronze Award for volunteering at the Norman Public Library. Zhang has donated 480 hours to the library over the last three years.
“I think that it is fitting that I volunteer at the library, since I love to read so much. Working at the Norman Public Library has introduced me to many thought-provoking books that I had never thought of before,” said Zhang.
While volunteering, Zhang shelves books, pulls books requested by customers at other branches, or helps with database entry, according to teen librarian Rebecca Spence. She has received two awards from the Norman Public Library: A Gold and a Bronze Award.
Zhang attends Norman High School where she has a 4.0 GPA. She is a Link Crew Leader at Norman High School, a member of the National Honor Society; Academic Team and National Forensic League. She has been accepted into Yale University and plans to choose a major within the social sciences and probably pursue a Ph.D. in the realm of academics, she said.
In 2003, President Bush created the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to find ways to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our Nation.
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Hanzi Zhang is the first recipient of this award on behalf of service to the Norman Public Library and Pioneer Library System.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
For more information about volunteering at your Pioneer hometown public library, visit the Pioneer Library System website at www.justsoyouknow.us and click on General in the Frequently Asked Questions area.