The 2013 Lifelong Learner award will be given to Ken Castner, who has helped foster community based education in Homer.
For the past five years, the Friends of the Homer Public Library have presented the Lifelong Learner award to a Homer resident who through their actions has helped encourage learning in the community. This year’s recipient is Ken Castner who says he has been volunteering for the library since moving to Homer in the mid 70’s.
In addition to being a longtime library volunteer, Castner has also been involved in commercial fishing, theater and many other activities around Homer. He says that the people who receive the award aren’t chosen simply for the knowledge they’ve gathered, but in how creatively they apply it.
"It's not all about reading a lot of books or magazines or anything like that," said Castner. "It's about sharing. It's about how you operate in the community to enrich the community."
Castner also took a moment to thank those who nominated him and express just what receiving this award means to him.
"It's the most important accolade that I could get," he said. "It's an incredibly humbling event in my life."
The Celebration of Lifelong Learning will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the library. At the ceremony, Ethan Kizzia will be presented with the Youth Learner Award.