Library Volunteer Honored by State & County Officials

David_Ireland (400 x 300)On Saturday, December 5, at a special ceremony in the Caroline County Library, David Ireland was honored for his long service as a volunteer in the Talbot County Free Library.  Ireland has worked for nearly twenty years as a volunteer in the library’s Maryland Room, where he helps patrons with genealogical research, advises them on deed searches at the courthouse, and uses his extensive knowledge of area history to help them find the history of their properties and ancestors.

For his efforts on behalf of Talbot County Library patrons, Ireland received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificate, signed by Governor O’Malley; a Maryland Senate Citation, sponsored and signed by Senator Richard Colburn; and a Special Commendation from the Caroline County Commissioners’ Beautiful Volunteers Program.  Senator Colburn and Delegates Addie Eckardt and Jeanne Haddaway Riccio were in attendance.

Ireland said, “I am honored with these awards.  You have to be devoted, some might say obsessed, to do this kind of work.  It gets in your blood.”

Ireland is currently creating a database for the library concerning orphans in colonial Talbot County.  Using a plat deed mapping program he purchased, he is also developing a map of the original Talbot County land grants.  Maryland Room librarian Becky Riti called Ireland “invaluable to the Maryland Room for his first-hand knowledge of Talbot County, her people and places.”