Glen Weaver wins the prestigious Jefferson Award

Glen WeaverCongratulations to Glen Weaver, founder of the Free Bookmobile, on receipt of the Jefferson Award for his efforts in promoting literacy throughout Sonoma County.  The Jefferson Awards were started by the American Institute for Public Service in 1972, as part of the institute’s mission to build a culture of service.  As stated in the June 17, 2014 article in the Sonoma Index Tribune, “On a local level, Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward.”  That definitely describes Glen Weaver.

Each month, Glen and the Bookmobile travel to Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Sonoma, and Boyes Hot Springs, providing free books to young and old.  They schedule visits to Flowery Preschool, Oak Ridge Senior Apartments, and Hanna Boys Center and they also serve La Luz Center, Boys & Girls Clubs at Maxwell Farms, Sassarini, Altimira and Dunbar Schools, Valley of the Moon Teen Center, Sonoma Overnight Support Haven Shelter, El Verano Preschool, and Sonoma Child Development Center.  In addition, last year they also dropped off more than 200 brand new Spanish-language sticker storybooks to Sonoma Valley Community Health Center to give to their young patients.

Impact100 Sonoma awarded $3,200 for book supplies for the Bookmobile in 2012 and an additional $3,000 in 2013 to purchase and install a galvanized steel vehicle shelter to house and protect the Bookmobile.  In January, Glen provided us with an update on his efforts:  “We reached 1,697 valley residents this past year, of which 386 were 0-5 year-olds and 261 were seniors.  All these folks got to come on board the bookmobile and choose up to three titles to take home and keep – a total of 4,412 high quality books into new homes!”  That definitely qualifies for extraordinary!

From all of your friends at Impact100 Sonoma: CONGRATULATIONS, GLEN!