Saint Paul Public Library recognizes Jane Cagle-Kemp as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year for her dedicated work since 2008 with the English Conversation Circles held at Arlington Hills Library on Saint Paul's East Side.
Cagle-Kemp, a resident of the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, previously worked for the Minnesota Literacy Council and brought her desire to help English language learners to the library. English Conversation Circles are an opportunity for English learners to practice with native English speakers. This is a free, drop-in program initiated by the Saint Paul Public Library to improve the English literacy of our immigrant library customers in an informal, conversational environment.
Cagle-Kemp has assisted with this program on a weekly basis for several years and is responsible for much of its success. She goes the extra mile for program participants, getting to know them and their families and even providing rides to the library for participants who lack transportation.
In 2013, 1,129 adults and youth volunteered over 28,000 total hours at the Saint Paul Public Library. This volunteer corps contributed an economic value of $706,074 to provide much-appreciated library services to the citizens of Saint Paul.