Don Barlow shakes hands with School Board President Rick Vilardo, as Superintendent John Kellogg and other Board members look on in appreciation.
At a meeting held on March 13, the Board of Education and Superintendent John Kellogg recognized Don W. Barlow, retiring Executive Director of the Westerville Public Library, for his role in nurturing an outstanding partnership between the library and the Westerville City School District. The shared vision between the two entities has provided students with a vast array of exceptional opportunities to learn and grow. Barlow was lauded for helping to create a remarkable facility that “greatly benefits and enhances the education of every individual in this community.” During his 28-year tenure, usage of the library has doubled, the size of the library facility has tripled, and fresh concepts like the drive-up window and self-checkout machines were introduced. The Westerville Public Library has received Five Star Ratings from the American Library Association for the past nine years, ranking it in the top one percent of public libraries nationwide.