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Franklin honors outgoing library director

May 10, 2013

Franklin - Mayor Frank Taylor recognized the outstanding service of outgoing Franklin Library Director Barbara Roark with a proclamation in her honor at the May 7 Common Council meeting.

"Barbara is much more than a librarian. She is the heart and soul of this community, and she leaves our library as the center of our city's cultural life," Taylor said.

After 15 years on the job, Roark leaves to spend more time with her family in Indiana, where she expects to welcome a new grandchild.

Roark helped organize a $5.8 million referendum to build the new library, 9151 W. Loomis Road. In 2000, the measure passed with 63 percent of the vote, and when construction was finished nearly two years later, it came under budget by about $300,000.

In 2002, Roark was named the Wisconsin Library Association's Muriel Fuller award recipient.

"I am truly blessed to have been able to grow in this tremendous city," Roark said at the council meeting. "It's your library, you need to continue to support it, and the council needs to hear that you want to support it."

Franklin Library Board President Dennis McKnight said, "Roark has truly driven this library; she's been the person that has made it go."

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