Former Mentor Public Library Board of Trustee David Roberts saw an ad in the paper asking for volunteers to serve on the library board 23 years ago. With encouragement from his wife, Helen, he signed up and was soon appointed.
“I love the library and I love reading and it was an opportunity to volunteer,” he said.
During the Sept. 19 Mentor Public Library Read House Grand Opening celebration, Roberts was present as Mentor Public Library Executive Director Lynn Hawkins unveiled a sign dedicating the Read House performance stage as “Roberts Round.”
“We are not only here to recognize the Read House, but we are also here to recognize your contribution to the library with a 23-year tenure on the board,” said Mentor Public Library Board of Trustees President Amy Frank-Hensley. “We are recognizing you…as a dedicated, lovely and incredible library friend. For now and until eternity this stage will be known as the ‘Roberts Round.’ That is our ‘Thank You’ to you.”
Roberts said the dedication was a “total surprise.”
“In my opinion, public libraries and the national park system are two of the greatest institutions we have in this country and to be honored by one of them is really special,” he said.
Roberts has been on ground floor of library development since the 1991 Main Library addition and ending with the Read House acquisition and renovation. His involvement was focused on keeping the library relevant within its community through its services and program offerings.
“The growth of the library and the range of programs have really been impressive,” he said. “It has enriched my life and was meaningful to me.”
Helen Roberts said the dedication of the Read House stage was in keeping with her husband’s affinity for the performing arts, his years of public service on the board and on the Read House Committee. A testament to the service that began on the day he answered the ad to volunteer.
“It just was a perfect fit,” she said.