Mary Comford got a surprise visit at work Monday.
Mayor Chris Coleman and Council President Kathy Lantry led a group to the Rondo Community Outreach Library to give Comford the news that she had won the city’s Karl Neid Community Involvement Award.
Comford, a Library Specialist, received the award for her work with kids and families in St. Paul.
The committee that makes the awards cited her legendary story times at the library, her support for the Green Book Shelf Program, the Youth Services Council, the Early Literacy Council and the Summer Reading Program.
Away from work, she volunteers at Listening House, a homeless homeless shelter, and she has taken in children and youth as a volunteer for the Crisis Nursery. She’s also has volunteered for the Northern Ireland Youth Exchange Program.
Her efforts help foster a community that values literacy and life-long learning, said the committee, which is made up of past Karl Neid award winners, labor union representatives and City Council staff, and chaired by Lantry.
“Mary’s unquestioned dedication to the City of St. Paul and her community is remarkable. Both through her work for the city and her volunteer service, she has helped to build and strengthen our city. There is no better reflection of that than this award, given to her by her peers.”
The annual ward, dating back to 1992, recognizes a city employee who has a record of outstanding public service both at work and in his or her personal life. It’s named for former City Council member Karl Neid, who died in 1992.