Richardson receives Community Service Award

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Friends of the Berryville Library members Carol Ann Engskov (left) and Carla Youngblood (right) present the Carla Youngblood Spirit Award to Ann Richardson (center).
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The Friends of the Berryville Library are pleased to announce Ann Richardson as the latest recipient of the Carla Youngblood Community Service Award. The award recognizes individuals for their acts of kindness to the community without seeking any recognition.

“The Friends of the Library would not be where it is today if she hadn’t stepped up to be the president and re-energized the group during her years in office,” said Mary Knight, Friends of the Library president.

“Ann is a quiet supporter of the library,” said Mary Lou Harp. “She is usually the first to arrive for an event and the last to leave, ensuring everything is cleaned and put away.”

Richardson, a native of Berryville and Berryville High School graduate, left her successful law practice to care for her ailing parents while maintaining their family farm. Her parents, Mary and Wayne Richardson were no strangers to this community as Mary served as the county health nurse for many years. Both parents have since passed away and Ann continues to maintain the family farm today.

Ann gives of her time, not only to the Friends of the Library, but often you will find Ann driving a friend to a doctor appointment or bringing groceries to their home or assisting with chores or projects around their house. There isn’t anything that is beyond Ann’s scope. She has a true heart of service to others.

“I’ve known Ann for many, many years,” said Carol Ann Engskov. “She is an avid library patron, and not only does she support events in the community, but she also prides herself on shopping local at Stubbs Grocery.”

Several times a week, Richardson can be found picking up needed groceries for people who are unable to get out of their homes.

“She loves her community, family and friends, and always does more than her share by donating the time or money needed, to make a difference” Engskov added.

Ann also enjoys sharing her culinary skills by providing items for bake sales and food for those who are sick or who have had an illness or death in their family. Ann is quietly working behind the scenes to identify the need and do something about it.

Given that Richardson shies away from recognition or any kind of a spotlight, the Friends had to sneak up on her during one of her volunteer shifts at this year’s Pioneer Days event.

For more information on the Carla Youngblood Community Spirit Award or to find out more about joining the Friends of the Library, call 870-423-2323. The library also has active Instagram and Facebook pages.

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