Pittston Memorial Library honored state Sen. John Yudichak and state Rep. Mike Carroll with the 2014 Jean Yates Award for their dedication and service to the library. The honor was bestowed at the annual Jean Yates Award Dinner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Center.
Both men have been instrumental in getting the library’s Cosgrove Annex project off the ground, said Barbara Quinn, president of the library’s Board of Directors.
“The Jean Yates Award is given to recognize those who have provided outstanding library service to the Pittston Memorial Library, and these two gentlemen certainly fit the criteria,” Quinn said. Pittston Memorial Library’s $1.2 million Cosgrove Annex is a 5,000-square-foot addition.
The expansion is part of the library’s Cosgrove Capital Campaign. John P. Cosgrove, a Washington D.C. insider, former president of the National Press Club and Pittston native, donated his personal library, including thousands of volumes, correspondence and memorabilia, several years ago.
The award and dinner is named after Jean Yates, a library benefactor and board member who donated $250,000 to purchase the land for the current facility.
A tireless advocate for public libraries and area youth programs, Yudichak founded the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation through private charitable efforts. The Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund has donated more than $100,000 to local libraries and other community programs.
Carroll is a lifelong resident of Avoca and has served in the House of Representative for the past seven years.
“Whether it was participating in meetings, phone calls, contacting other legislators or helping us apply for state money, Mr. Carroll and Mr. Yudichak are always there for the Pittston Memorial Library,” Quinn said. “Without those two, I don’t know where we’d be.”