We Love Our Volunteers
Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor
Beaverton City Library is proud to recognize Maggie Myers with the 2019 Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor. For her service and commitment to excellence for nearly 11 years, Maggie was awarded this honor during the library’s Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 3. Maggie is a versatile volunteer, supporting several divisions of the library over the years. Currently, she serves the OBOB Book Club twice a month, helping staff run the program smoothly and keeping the kids on track with positive suggestions, personal insights, and fantastic open-ended questions. Library staff shared, “She sees potential in every child who comes into the room and does her best to help all of us, staff and students alike, live up to our best selves every time we work with her.”
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 Donna Jeffers, Suzanne Mann, Tom Sanson, Tracy Thornton, and Ruth Van Houten were also recognized at the dinner as 2019 nominees. Past recipients of the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Honor include Mary Ann Axelson (2018), Ramona Crocker (2017), Paul Jeffery (2016) and Silvia Gonzalez (2015).
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. Phyllis passed away in 2021 at the age of 101.
Additional content provided by B. Schmidt, 12/16/09, The Oregonian.