“My mother was always very supportive and loved anything at the library.” Those were the words spoken by Warren Taylor when asked why he decided to make a gift to The Library Foundation for the naming opportunity of one of the new Team Rooms. Warren made his gift for Team Room #3. The room is named the Taylor Room in honor of Warren and in memory of his mother, Velva C. Taylor.
Warren retired from the library in 2004 after 34 years in charge of the Topeka Room, genealogy and the local history collection. Now he is an indispensable volunteer for the Friends of the Library. For years, Warren chaired the Friends’ annual book sale and served on the Friends’ Board including as president in 2009-2010.
Warren recalls his mother “enjoyed coming to the library when I was in charge of the Friday night movies. She would come to watch the movie but I think she just enjoyed hanging out with me. She also enjoyed doing handwork.” He was pleased to honor her with his gift.
We hear the phrases “create a living legacy” or “demonstrate a commitment” and Warren is an excellent example for all of us. He is one of the founders of The Library Foundation’s Wilder Society members joining in 2004. Warren said, “We all have special places in our hearts for the things that have been most important to us. For me the library is such a place. As a member of the Wilder Society, I am pleased to join with many others in proclaiming my enthusiasm for it.”
Warren is the first person to make a gift to name one of the eight Team Rooms just completed as part of the library’s Facilities Master Plan.
Warren Taylor loves his library!