Archive for Thursday, November 30, 2006

Leavenworth library director wins chamber’s Athena Award

November 30, 2006

Now that Kim Baker has been named recipient of the 2006 Athena Award, she might want to read up on the warrior goddess for whom the award is named.

She'll need to start in the 292s - mythology under the Dewey Decimal System - for a book at her workplace, the Leavenworth Public Library.

Baker, the library's director, was named the winner of this year's award Tuesday, Nov. 28, during the combined luncheon of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce and its Women's Division. The luncheon was at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth.

Patricia Barnhardt, executive director of the Women's Community Y in Leavenworth, nominated Baker.

"I have watched Kim grow from a library staff member at the Leavenworth Public Library to a reference librarian to head of the Reference Department to Library Director," Barnhardt wrote, noting all of the tasks she undertakes to keep the library relevant and vibrant.

But, Barnhardt noted, Baker also is active in the community, including her membership in the chamber and vice president/president-elect of the Women's Division.

"She has served on the Leavenworth County Human Services Council : She continues as a United Way of Leavenworth County volunteer. She is a member of Leavenworth Lions and is serving as 2nd vice president this year. She served on the Marketing Committee of the Leaven-worth Area Development : She was elected to the Nominating Committee of the Women's Community Y for two years and has maintained her membership in the Philomathean Club. She was a member of Rainbow Chamber of ABWA," Barnhardt said.

Diana Poliquin, circulation supervisor at the library, said there was a method to Baker's involvement in so many community groups.

"She tries so hard to reach out into the community and make sure that the library is always on everyone's minds. She gives us great publicity," Poliquin said.

The Athena Award's recipient is chosen for "a combination of her professionalism, business accomplishments, community service and Chamber of Commerce activity" and "significant contributions to the role of women in business."

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