We Love Our Volunteers

Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner



On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held in appreciation of the time and expertise donated by over 400 volunteers at Beaverton City Library and The Book Corner. Around 100 people came to the "County Fair" to test their knowledge with trivia, enjoy delicious food, and socialize with their fellow volunteers.

Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor

Beaverton City Library is proud to recognize Mary Ann Axelson with the 2018 Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor. For her service and commitment to excellence for over 12 years, Mary Ann was awarded this honor during the library’s Volunteer Recognition Dinner on March 21. Mary Ann provides incredible support to the library as a volunteer and Board Member of the New Friends of the Beaverton City Library, acting as a steady and calm guiding force through many staffing and process changes at The Book Corner. Mary Ann has been described as "hard-working," "clever," "friendly," and "dependable."

The Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor is presented by the library to recognize a volunteer who, through example and accomplishment, has provided outstanding volunteer service to the library. It was named in honor of one of the longest serving employees and volunteers to the library. Volunteers Mandy Allen, John Frerichs, Kathleen Kelly, Lucita Kong, and Shelley Po were also recognized at the dinner as 2018 nominees. Past recipients of the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor include Ramona Crocker (2017), Paul Jeffery (2016) and Silvia Gonzalez (2015).

Phyllis Davis


Phyllis Davis worked or volunteered at Beaverton City Library for 69 years. A Beaverton High School graduate, she began volunteering in Beaverton's one-room library in 1944. Phyllis and her husband, Ray, reared their family just a few blocks from the main library on 5th St.

When the librarian stepped down in 1953, Phyllis was hired and helped open a new library in 1958. Phyllis happily became an assistant in 1968 when Beaverton hired its first professional librarian. She retired in 1986, and almost immediately began volunteering at the library five days a week, three to five hours a day. "I couldn’t stay away," Phyllis said. "I had to come back."

Known and admired for her patience, quiet wisdom, gentle spirit, kindness and love of books, "Phyllis Davis" is synonymous with Beaverton City Library. Indeed, she contributed well over 20,000 hours in her 35 years of volunteer service at the library. Phyllis retired (again) from the library after celebrating her 94th birthday in December 2013. In honor and recognition of her passion and service to Beaverton City Library, the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor was created in 2015 and is presented to a volunteer who, through example and accomplishment, has provided outstanding volunteer service to the library. (Additional content provided by B. Schmidt, 12/16/09, The Oregonian)
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Photo from a newspaper of a young woman helping a boy read.