Pittston Memorial Library is hosting its annual Jean Yates Award Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Coopers Waterfront in Pittston. This year’s recipient is Barbara R. Quinn.
Quinn, daughter of Helen and the late Guy Brigido, was born and reared in the Greater Pittston area. She graduated from St. John the Evangelist High School in Pittston, Class of 1960, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Secondary Education from College Misericordia in 1964.
She taught English/Spanish at Colonia Junior High School in the Woodbridge Twp. School District in New Jersey for five years. After moving back to Pennsylvania in the early 1970s, she worked as a private tutor and substitute teacher in the Pittston Area School District while raising her children.
In 1987, through the PA Civil Service Commission, she began working for the Department of Labor and Industry as a disability adjudicator. She completed training through the McGeorge University School of Law and was certified as a hearing officer to conduct Social Security Disability Hearings.
She was promoted to disability adjudication supervisor and retired from that position in June 2004.
Quinn was appointed to the Pittston Memorial Library board in July of 2004 and has served for the past 13 years, holding the positions of treasurer and vice president. She served as president of the board of trustees for seven years and completed her term in October 2017. She was a member of the team which raised $1.3 million to construct the new addition to the library — a 2,500-square- foot children’s wing and the 2,500-square-foot John P. Cosgrove Community Center.
Quinn belongs to the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network and is an active member of Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish in Pittston, where she serves as a lector and co-director of the summer Vacation Bible School.
She and her husband, Marty, a long- time Pittston Area School Board member, reside in Pittston. They are the parents of three sons, Mitch and his wife Kim, Mike and his wife Tara, and Brian and his wife Denise. They have five grandchildren, Zach, Jake, Samantha, Katie and Kearney.
The Jean Yates Award Dinner includes cocktails and appetizers, four-course dinner and program. Cost for the event is $60 per person. Call the library at 570-654-9565 for information and to check on availability.