On October 22, 2016 Diane Giffen was awarded the Frannie Ashburn Volunteer of the Year Award in Greensboro, NC.
Diane has been a member of the Friends board for over 10 years and has worked tirelessly in various board positions over the years. But the crowning achievement of her tenure was the development of and implementation of the Saturday Book Sales at the Washington Saturday Market. This market is held from April through October at the Washington waterfront. These Saturday sales were to augment to income the Friends group made in its annual January book sale.
In conjunction with the ladies who sort all the donated books, Diane selected an assortment of books, both paper and hard cover, as well as tapes and cd's to be offered for sale each week. Diane not only had to make sure there were items to sell but that there were people to sell them! Two volunteers were required each week to get the books from the library, set up the table, greet the customers and sell the items. Often Diane and her husband had to step in to man the booth because volunteers aren't always easy to get!
The monetary receipts were only a small part of this endeavor. Each week the public became aware of the library, the Friends and the many ways the Friends help the library each year.
During her tenure with the Friends of the Brown Library board, Diane was instrumental in obtaining this award for others on the board. We strongly feel it's now her turn to be the recipient!
Sadly for us, Diane and her husband moved from this area in June to prepare to move into a continuing care community ‑ River Landing. Although she will not be at our meetings, I know that our activities and continued success will always be in her heart and mind.
The annual competition is open to local Friends of the Library members across North Carolina. Members of all Friends of the Library groups, both local and at the state level, are volunteers who work together to help support the North Carolina Public Library System. More information on this nonprofit can be found at