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State Honoree

Jude Tibeau

Delaware

Jude Tibeau, 13, of Seaford, Del., an eighth-grader at Seaford Middle School, volunteered as a library aide and computer assistant at the Seaford Public Library. When Jude heard that the children’s summer reading program had been canceled because the librarian had no help, he decided to volunteer. For four hours a day, Jude read books to preschool children, helped them choose reading material to take home, decorated the library reading rooms, organized Friday book parties, and kept the children’s book area clean and neat. In addition, he assisted adults using the library’s computers for research and Internet access. “What I remember best is reading to the children and seeing their faces light up with joy,” Jude said. “The librarian said she didn’t know what she would do without me. That made me feel great inside.”