This year’s Outstanding Library Advocate award is being awarded to Mary Beth Tomeny and Natalie Tomasco for their service to the Friends of the HTFL as co-chairs for the Book Sale. We’re so delighted for them!

Mary Beth Tomeny has lived in Havertown for the past 15 years.  She’s originally from Syracuse, NY.  She’s a registered nurse, and when she first moved to the Philadelphia area she worked in a hospital, but she now works for a pharmaceutical company.  After working as a nurse for 20 years, it was a big change, but a good one.  “I like what I’m doing, but deep down I’ll always be a bedside nurse,” she says.

Mary Beth started volunteering at the library in 2002 and joined the Friends group the following year. She has worked on the book sale since the beginning.  In 2003, the Friends held the very first book sale with Mary Beth as one of the co-chairs.  “I really enjoyed helping to put it all together and I have been with it ever since. This is our ninth year!”

What moves you to volunteer for the book sale?
   It’s a great fundraiser for the library, people get some fantastic deals on every type of book you can imagine, and since 99% of the books are donated, it encourages people to recycle their books for the next book lover.

What book do you most cherish?  Anne of Green Gables

Name your top five:

Books: Anne of Green Gables,  Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter series, and The Kite Runner.

Movies: Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, ET, Gone with the Wind, Forrest Gump, A Christmas Story

What is your favorite food: anything chocolate goes very well with my diet coke

What is your favorite place: Alaska, Kenya, Grenada, Italy

What is your favorite sport: baseball, spectator only!

What is your favorite indoor activity: Curling up with a good book! What else?

Do you have any pets?  I just lost my very best buddy, Harry.  He was my beagle and was 14 years old. I miss him terribly, and had no idea how my routine really revolved around him!  He was a rescue, and I am a firm believer in supporting animal rescue groups and shelters.

What is your greatest fear?  Being accused of a crime and I have no way to prove that I’m innocent! My family would laugh at this as they know this is my greatest fear.

What is your greatest extravagance? Travel -I’m very fortunate to have been able to experience some really far out places!  If  its off the beaten track, I’m there.

Which is the best vacation you’ve been on?  Safari in Kenya.

Which talent would you most like to have?  To be invisible.

We hope you will join us at the Gala on October 22 to celebrate the work of these two dedicated women!

Meet Mary Beth Tomeny