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Library Seeks Humanitarian Nominees


Nominations are being accepted now through Sept. 6 for the annual Martinsburg Community Library Novel Service Award.

The selection committee is searching for nominees who have devoted their time and efforts to worthy causes in the Cove area. Nominees should also be inspirational leaders and role models for people of all ages, and may include service organizations this year.

There will be one Novel Service Award given this year to an individual, company, or organization that meets the service criteria. Nomination forms are available at the library and on the library’s website, and may be mailed to the library.

Selections for the MCL Novel Service Award will be made from community nominations. One outstanding winner will join previous winners on the list of distinguished humanitarians. Past Novel Service Award winners were Ritchey’s Diary, Linda K. Smith, Frederick’s Meat Market, Richard Bice, Cargill Inc., Alyssa Reed, Dan Hoover and Ken Stover.

Friends of the Library are encouraged to nominate the 2019 Best Friend of the Year, someone who has given tireless service to the Friends group. Previous Best Friends include Peggy Steinfurth, Janet Stewart, Brenda Ritchey and Gale Reeve.

Children who enjoy their time at the library can submit a short essay to the award contest about why they love MCL. Cullen Lloyd, Gabrielle Decker, Mark Russell and Ellie McIntire previously submitted award-winning essays to win the Love My Library award.

Award presentations will take place at the Taste of the Cove & Silent Auction 4 on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Givler Cultural Center at Homewood in Martinsburg. Award winners and a guest will be treated to the evening of food and entertainment and awarded the Novel Service Award. Dr. David Crumrine of Roaring Spring will again be the master of ceremonies.

The evening will include a buffet dinner prepared by Homewood’s chef and musical entertainment will be provided by Raining Blue, a classic soft rock acoustic group. As in the past, there will be a silent auction and gift card raffles. This year a few Chinese auction items will be offered. All proceeds will benefit the library. Chances are currently being sold at the library for a queen-sized quilt. The winner will be drawn at the event.

Advertising sponsorships are still available, and any business or individual wanting to donate gift baskets, gift cards/coupons, new retail products and vacation packages may contact the library.

All donors to the event will be listed in the affair’s program booklet.

Tickets for the event will be available at the library on Aug. 5.

For sponsorship forms or more information, visit or call 793-3335 during library hours.


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