When Pomona Community Library Director Judy Stratton learned nominations were being accepted for the Northeast Kansas Library System’s Super Volunteers recognition program, she already had someone in mind.

And in August, Stratton’s nominee was recognized during the library system’s annual meeting and assembly.

Pomona’s own Carol Wills was among six volunteers honored for sharing their time with their local libraries and communities. In return, each of the five nominating libraries received a small grant as a way of thanking them for nurturing volunteerism in their local communities.

Stratton nominated Wills because of her commitment to making the library warm, welcoming space.

“The Pomona Community Library has long had trouble having a person or company come in and clean the library on a regular basis, so Carol volunteered to do this for us. In addition to being our ‘maintenance person’, Carol is on the library board of trustees, so we do not pay her for her services,” Stratton wrote in her nomination letter.

Wills visits the library throughout the week to make sure the facility is clean, by keeping the carpets stain-free so they last, and painting the walls to cover up chips and marks.

The library also has a mural created by volunteers, patrons and staff. Wills not only did the prep work, but was instrumental in adding the finishing touches to the mural. She also makes sure any vandalism to the art is quickly removed.

“Because of Carol’s efforts, the library is a warm, inviting place that welcomes our patrons,” Stratton said. “We cannot be grateful enough for this extraordinary service she provides.”