Date: Jun 15th, 2016
SAINT PAUL, MN - Eleanor Rudin was named Saint Paul Public Library Volunteer of the Year at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on May 19, 2016 at the historic Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul.
Eleanor recently retired from 3M where she was a Lab Technician for 33 years. She's been using her retirement as an opportunity to challenge herself and provide service to her community. Eleanor is in her third year with the Reading Together program where she meets once a week with a fourth grader for reading and literacy activities. She also volunteers twice a week at the Rondo Homework Center. This school year alone, she has volunteered over 160 hours, working with over 85 different students ages 5 - 75 during over 150 individual tutor sessions, some days working with 5 or 6 different people during a single shift.
"Eleanor has been one of the most devoted, patient, and thoughtful volunteers I've known in my years working for the library. She's also one of the most good-humored and humble people I know," said Eric Whalen, Library Associate and Homework Center Coordinator at Rondo Library. "We've really asked a lot of her and depended on her to fulfill many roles. I have multiple students that request to work specifically with Eleanor whenever she is here. I've witnessed her endless patience and consideration that she puts into each tutoring session, whether it's math, science, social studies, or English, and she's always ready and willing to dive into something new or unknown with any age group. She has a resilient attitude that youth and adults need to see in order to believe that they too can learn new things and be successful in the academic world."