2023 Be More Awards Recognize Library Volunteers Ann Bunger and Sylvia McNair. Photos of the two women are shown in circles on an orange background.

We are so fortunate to have volunteers who contribute their time, talent, and energy to the Library! Today, we celebrate two volunteers who go above and beyond—Ann Bunger and Sylvia McNair, 2023 recipients of the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network Be More Awards! 

Each year, the Be More Awards honor eight exceptional community volunteers and volunteer groups and promote volunteerism and civic engagement in our community.

Ann Bunger is the recipient of the Be More Phenomenal award for her library advocacy and volunteer work with the Friends of the Library Bookstore committee. Ann’s unfettered commitment and dedication, as well as her belief in the power that libraries give to people, is admirable, and is embodied by her countless contributions to MCPL. “Great libraries build communities,” and Ann is a key part in building ours. Thank you, Ann!

Sylvia McNair is the recipient of the Be More Impactful award for her work with our VITAL program. VITAL services would not exist without the support of talented, passionate, and generous volunteers like Sylvia. Sylvia cares deeply about her students’ lives, and works hard to ensure that they are given every opportunity to succeed. She gives them space to be themselves, to explore the world with her, and to learn with joy and without judgment. Thank you, Sylvia!

The 2023 Be More Awards Ceremony was held on April 13 at the Waldron Arts Center. The event was recorded by Community Access Television Services and is archived on the CATS website.

Are you interested in volunteering at the Library? Explore our volunteer database to learn which areas of the Library offer volunteer opportunities.