From left, Patricia Chownyk, Carol Huck and Phyllis Reneau were honored at the Roseville City Council meeting Aug. 27 for their many years of work as members of the Roseville Public Library’s Board of Commissioners and the Friends of the Roseville Public Library.

From left, Patricia Chownyk, Carol Huck and Phyllis Reneau were honored at the Roseville City Council meeting Aug. 27 for their many years of work as members of the Roseville Public Library’s Board of Commissioners and the Friends of the Roseville Public Library.

Photo by Brendan Losinski


Roseville honors former library board members

By: Brendan Losinski | Royal Oak Review | Published September 4, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — The city of Roseville recognized the many years of hard work by three members of the Friends of the Roseville Public Library, two of whom served on the library’s Board of Commissioners.

Patricia Chownyk, Carol Huck and Phyllis Reneau were given a plaque by the city and flowers from the library in recognition of their dedication at the City Council’s regular meeting Aug. 27.

“This is what makes Roseville a great place to be: its volunteers,” remarked Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor. “When you can’t get some people out to lend a hand for 15 minutes, these ladies have been coming out every week for a combined total of 88 years.”

Chownyk has assisted the library for 37 years, including time on the library Board of Commissioners and as a member of the Friends. Huck served for 34 years as a member of the Friends, and Reneau served for 17 years as a member of the library Board of Commissioners and as a Friend.

The three reflected on the many changes that have occurred during that time and the many steps they helped the library take to continue serving the public in the best way possible.

“We went into the computer age with our whole set of computers in there. So many things were added throughout the years: books on tape, CDs, DVDs, and it’s been great, and it’s been fun,” said Chownyk. “We got (the building expansion) on the ballot. It failed the first time, and then we got it back on the ballot the next time. … We worked and we talked to anybody. We went out and talked at grocery stores and the Lions Club and anywhere people would listen. It was very important to us, and we were so proud.”

All three also reflected on the great experiences they shared as members of the board and the Friends.

“I met so many good friends, and it was a great program and we had a good time,” said Huck. “We went on trips and we planned and we worked and we had book sales galore. … I love being a part of the library.”

Reneau said supporting a community’s library is of the utmost importance and that it may be the most crucial resource available for residents.

“The library’s always played an important part for me, especially when I was younger,” she said. “It was a place to bring my children, the people working here have always been great, and I have loved this place for so long. The people here are kind, courteous and always helpful. I’ve spoken with people who travel to come to our library because they like the people here. I’ve made such good friends here, and I still come back here twice a week even though I moved.”

The mayor and the City Council thanked them for their service and singled them out as three of the most important members of the Roseville community.

“The library honors volunteers each year with a nice ceremony, and these women have put in more work for the library than maybe anyone,” said Taylor. “They’re great people, and the library wouldn’t be what it is today without them.”

The three honorees encouraged others to step up and play a role in their community — especially at the library — saying it is among the most rewarding things a person can do.

“Anyone who wants to come will have a good time,” said Reneau. “Come and volunteer. It’s a wonderful thing for your soul. You give back and you get so much as a reward.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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