I wish to thank the hundreds of Library well-wishers who joined in last Saturday’s celebration of the Westerville Public Library’s 80th year of service to the community. As you know, we are passionate about our Library and are committed to the continued success of this great community treasure. The gathering that marked our 80th anniversary and our successes over the past eight decades was a memorable experience thanks to the participation of many individuals.
First, we acknowledge and thank the Friends of the Library organization for their sponsorship of the celebration. Under the leadership of president Arlene Roeder, their devoted and hardworking board provides for Library needs throughout the year.
A highpoint of the festivities was the Westerville Library Foundation’s unveiling of newly engraved pavers ordered by more than 100 individuals and organizations in honor of the 80th anniversary. The Library is humbled by the display of heartfelt messages inscribed in the courtyard and grateful for the leadership and dedication of the Westerville Library Foundation led by president George Pilcher.
We thank State Representative Marian Harris for her kind remarks and presentation of a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives honoring the Library and praising those who have nurtured and sustained the Library with their commitment to literacy and education over the 80 years.
We are grateful to Kathy Cocuzzi, Mayor of the City of Westerville, for her tribute and presentation of the City Proclamation marking our anniversary and recognizing the Trustees, volunteers and Friends who give their time and talent to the Library.
Finally, the Library’s 80 years of success is a reflection of the forward thinking and enlightenment that has always typified the residents of this community. We thank those individuals and families who treasure their Library and took a moment to wish the Library a “happy birthday,” and we invite everyone to view those recordings and photos on our website.
Thank you for making the Westerville Public Library a center of information and ideas — a place that inspires thought and innovation. For 80 years the Library has served persons of every age, from preschoolers imagining the world ahead at story hour, to senior citizens re-reading the history of their youth.
Don W. Barlow