Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Back in 1978 when Herb Koenig became a Library Trustee, the Royalton Hartland Community Library was smaller, had fewer patrons, a different name, and used paper library cards. On July 8, the current Board of Trustees presented Herb Koenig, Carolyn Wagner and Carolyn Hill plaques in honor of their dedicated service to the library through many years and many changes.
Dr. Koenig, or Herb as so many people know him, has been a Trustee for 35 years. Over that time he has witnessed the library transform to its present day level of services that include modern technology to accommodate the changing needs of patrons. “Our library is a top-notch media and literacy center for the whole Royalton Hartland community,” said Koenig. “I am proud that it has grown and expanded, and my hope is that even more people in our community will come to know the gem that we have here.”
Known locally for his many travels all over the world, Koenig said that the library is “the one place that you can travel to any place you would like to go. I also found it enjoyable and interesting to meet, work with and get to know the different people in the community while I served on the Board,” he added.
Wagner joined the Board in 1985 and assumed the office of President until July 2012. Wagner said her greatest accomplishment was the successful library budget vote that provided a means for community-based funding for the library, as well as the establishment of an Endowment Fund, efforts to keep up with technology; community-based programming (summer reading programs, plays, etc.), and having a great staff at the library to make all feel welcome when visiting the library.
“What I enjoyed most about the library is the services offered, the welcoming nature of the staff, programs they offer to the community and most importantly the great group of library staff and board members that I had the pleasure of working with throughout the many years I was on the board,” said Wagner.
Hill joined the Board in 1996, taking over as secretary at that time. “This library is a jewel in our community with its many services and programs for all ages. I have seen this organization grow and expand over the years, and I am very proud of it,” she noted.
Plaques presented by the Library Board’s current President Ken Belfield to all three former Board members after the Board’s July 8 meeting featured a photo of the library encased in glass with a message expressing appreciation for long and faithful service to the Royalton Hartland Community Library.