WARREN - For the past 30 years, Rosemary and Bill Lowery donated their time to help the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library prepare for the annual summer book sale by reviewing materials donated to the library throughout the year.
This will be the last book sale the Lowerys will help with as they are retiring in early August. The two will help Saturday and Sunday during the sale.
Jan Vaughn, assistant director of the library, said the library's board of trustees presented a proclamation and plaque to the Lowerys for their 30 years of service to the library, noting their careful review of all donated books and material items and withdrawals from the library collection.
Rosemary Lowery said in 1983 she started volunteering at the library, checking all the book and material donations and withdrawals.
"We go through all of them to see if they are clean and neat, categorized and can be put in the book sale and the ongoing sale," she said.
She also helps with the main sale by the Friends of the Library and also the ongoing smaller sale in the main entrance lobby where books, magazines and other materials are available each week.
Bill Lowery worked 12 years at the library before volunteering with the coaxing of his wife to help move the many boxes of donated books and materials and prepare them for the sales.
Rosemary Lowery said that during her years handling the donations, Mary Ann Bernard, now deceased, worked alongside them, specializing in young adult and children's books.
"She was always helpful and deserves credit for all she did to help," she said.
Vaughn said the Lowerys help each week with the many donations the library receives and deal with the book withdrawals, which are materials that are removed from the library collection that either go to the book sale or are redistributed.
Board of Trustee President Jim McFarland, in a proclamation read at a recognition gathering at the library for the Lowerys, said the couple use their attention to detail on a daily basis when checking the books.
"They make sure the book sale has an assortment of good quality materials available for purchase. With their dedicated work and efforts, FOWL has been able to channel book sale profits into supportive and meaningful purchases for the library," McFarland said in the proclamation.
FOWL uses funds generated by the book sale to support programs and services of the library.
"They have served as a wonderful example of community service," he said.