On March 12, the Alachua County Library District Foundation recognized Melanie Langsdale Aultman, senior library specialist, Waldo Branch Library, as the 2016 recipient of its annual Guy Hudspeth Award. A leaf was placed on Katherine’s Tree at Headquarters Library in honor of Aultman as has been done for the previous Hudspeth Award winners.
The Guy Hudspeth Award, sponsored for the past 10 years by the Kosman Foundation, was named for Guy Hudspeth, former library manager at the Archer Branch Library and the first recipient of the award in 2007.
Aultman was recognized for her outstanding 22 years of service with the Alachua County Library District, with 20+ years in Waldo. She has worked extensively with local schools and organizations in Waldo. In addition to Hudspeth, past award recipients include Memree Stuart (2008), Martha Roberts (2009), Phillis Filer (2010), Ike Welch (2011), Darba Owens-Simmons (2012), Bruce Stewart (2013), Anita Jenkins-McCarter (2014), and Kathi Harris (2015).
The Friends of the Library (FOL) also honored two of its members with leaves placed on Katherine’s Tree. They were Sandy Mann, recognized for doing computer graphic signs and many other FOL activities, and Sue Roland, in appreciation for her friendliness and upbeat nature as a FOL volunteer.
Also honored with leaves placed on the Tree were Foundation Board Vice Chair William Burger and his wife Celia, Board member Donald Caton, along with Foundation associates Brian and Linda Gendreau.
Eileen McCarty Smith gave a leaf in honor of her grandson Connor Brendan McCarthy and Ida Little gave a leaf in honor of Sagan and Tycho Williams. Joy and Michael Avery gave a leaf in honor of Joy’s mother, Lydia Vanoli Aggio.
“Katherine’s Tree is a wonderful and fitting way to recognize the generosity of so many individuals, the Kosman Foundation and the Quinn Family Charitable Foundation, and the Friends of the Library in support of our mission,” said Chair of the ACLD Foundation Board Dr. Pushpa Kalra. “Libraries have played a meaningful role in the lives of the individuals these gifts have honored or memorialized with leaves on the Tree.”
Each leaf on the tree represents a gift of $2,000 to the Alachua County Library District Foundation to help advance its support of the Library District. ACLD Foundation is a support group for the Library District and provides supplemental funding to the Library with an emphasis on long-term support and planned giving.
For more information on the Foundation and how to honor or memorialize a special person, visit www.acldfound.org or email ACLDFoundatin3@gmail.com or Chair of ACLD Foundation Board Dr. Pushpa Kalra at firstname.lastname@example.org.