The library board of trustees and staff are pleased to have dedicated the library building to our former treasurer, Robert A. Fahr, on June 9, 2018. We are proud to now call our library the *Robert A. Fahr Watervliet Public Library.*
Bob unexpectedly passed away in 2016. For more than two decades prior to his passing, he generously donated his time to serve as Treasurer for the Board of Trustees. His work with the library’s finances enabled the facility to maintain its day-to-day functions for the citizens of
Bob and the Fahr family played a major role in securing funding for the library’s recent $700,000 addition, the facility’s first upgrade since the 1970s. The library’s new Children’s Room was named in honor of Julia and William Fahr, Bob’s parents.
Bob was a stalwart at the Board of Trustees monthly meetings and an organizer of its fundraisers. Bob made it a point to reserve money each month to enable the library to keep its collection fresh with the purchase of new books and DVDs. His organization made sure the library had a yearly financial plan as well as a rainy-day fund that ensured the library remained funded in difficult economic times.
His sense of humor, selfless work and dedication to the library will be remembered most by our customers, staff and leadership team.
In addition to dedicating the library building to Bob, his family and the library board of trustees have worked together to create an annual scholarship in his memory. Each year, $2,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded to graduating high school seniors residing in Watervliet and
pursuing a degree from an accredited institution.