Maplewood librarian Barbara Laub was honored by the Maplewood Township Committee on December 18. Laub, who has worked at the Maplewood Library for 30 years, is retiring.
Maplewood Library Director Sarah Lester was on hand — with just about every other librarian in town — to recognize Laub and to read a proclamation in her honor:
Whereas: Barbara Juliet Laub began her Maplewood Library career in 1988 as a part-time reference librarian and became a Senior Librarian in 1997. In 2000 she became a Department Head, and has held a number of impressive titles since, including Information Technology, Technology and Technical Services, and Adult Services and Technology; and
Whereas: Barbara implemented many new systems and services. She won multiple competitive grants which enhanced the Library’s programming, technology and local history digitization. She automated the Library and created the Library’s first website; and
Whereas: She was an integral part of many teams and committees, helping to shape the Library’s Strategic Plans, Ideas Festivals, Building Program and Conceptual Plan; and
Whereas: Barbara served the public with the utmost courtesy, thoroughness and professionalism, and oversaw and guided her staff with kindness and respect. She always inspired others to do and be their best; and
Whereas: Barbara attended Washington High School in San Francisco, received a BA in Humanities and Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University and an MS in Library Services from Columbia
University. She was a National Merit Scholar, graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; and
Whereas: she has lived in Maplewood since 1985 and she and her husband Dennis Percher raised their daughters Ilana and Joanna here;
Therefore: let it be known that I, Vic DeLuca, Mayor of the Township of Maplewood, on behalf of the Maplewood Township Committee, this 18th day of December, 2018, congratulate and express our appreciation to Barbara Laub.