Library Friend in Rochester Receives an “AmaZING” Recognition

The line between Friend of the Library and friend to the community is a thin one. Some would argue that, in point of fact, there really is no difference at all.

Pat Stephenson, a standout member of the Friends of the Rochester Public Library, is a shining example of the impact Friends of the Library can have on their community at large. Her efforts were acknowledged recently by local NBC affiliate KTTC with the outlet’s “KTTC AmaZING Woman Award.”


The honor came as a shock to no one – least of all her nominator, fellow ‘Friend’ Cathie Armstrong. “Pat, now retired, puts in the equivalent of a full-time job volunteering at the Rochester Public Library.” In her free time, such as it is, “she also volunteers for any organization that needs assistance with books or literacy. She is on a one-woman mission to make sure that people of all ages have access to books.”

Stephenson is a driver behind the success of reading initiatives like World Book Night and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the greater Rochester area, and is also a familiar face around the Ronald McDonald House, the Women's Shelter, and the Dorothy Day House.

At the library itself, she is equally visible in the day-to-day operations of the Friends of the Library Bookstore and coordinates the system’s popular Saturday and periodic auditorium sales.

Congratulations – and thank you – Pat Stephenson!

Does your Friends group boast a multitalented member of Stephenson’s caliber? Strongly consider nominating him or her for any local television or newspaper community service awards available in your area. It only takes a moment, and the exposure could bring in more members!

Photo Credit: KTTC