Newsmakers: Nicholas and Louis Suarez
Noteworthy: The Carnegie Library Board of Pittsburgh named the brothers the 2013 Community Advocate of the Year. They are the youngest winners of the award, established in 2011, to recognize outstanding library advocacy by community members.
Age : Nicholas, 18, and Louis, 16
Family: Parents Angela and Steven Suarez
Education: Nicholas is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. Louis is a home-schooled 10th grader.
Background: As of March 27, the brothers have volunteered a combined total of 807 hours at Beechview Library, which had once been targeted to close. Their volunteer work includes preparing for Summer Reading Club events, grilling hotdogs at the annual Summer Reading Kick-Off cook-outs, assisting in the flower sale and cleaning children's books. Louis has presented two well-attended classical guitar programs for the public and organized a beginning chess class for children.
Quote: “I spend a lot of time at the library. It's really nice to give back to something I've gotten so much out of,” Nick said.
“The library is an important part of my community. I want to help the library so it can keep going,” Louis said.