I join the Montgomery County Library community in mourning the loss of Jeanie Dunnington, a beloved library supporter, volunteer, and community leader. Jeanie passed away in early February after a short-but-difficult illness. A tireless advocate for library services for individuals with disabilities, Jeanie was well known for her “can do” approach and was ever present at Montgomery County Council hearings, Library Board events, and library programs.
As the long time chair of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) Library Advisory Committee (LAC), Jeanie was an invaluable contributor to plans for the Talking Book program’s move to Rockville Memorial Library where she spent every Tuesday tutoring and teaching users about adaptive equipment in the PC lab. She planned Saturday adaptive technology sessions, monitored the DRC webpages, and led the monthly Talking Book Group meetings. In 2008, Jeanie was recognized for her leadership when the Library Board presented the DRC LAC with the Renaissance Award for successfully emerging after a period of difficulty or transition.
Jeanie, who cared deeply that accessible library services be available statewide, was an active member of the Advisory Council for the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. She also was an elected official of the local American Council of the Blind.
Jeanie’s candor, vitality, enthusiasm, wit, and incredible energy will live on in the memories of all who had the great fortune to work with and know her.
We are fortunate that the Montgomery County library community will honor Jeanie’s memory by carrying on her work.