Pender County Library dedicates the public meeting room in Burgaw to longtime library director Mike Taylor.
On March 3, Pender County Library dedicated the public meeting room at the Main Library in Burgaw to Mike Taylor, who served as library director of Pender County Library from 1985 to 2020.
The Friends of Pender County Library provided the funding for the new sign for the room, a plaque honoring the room dedication and a pen-and-ink portrait of Taylor created by local artist Mitchell Henderson. An advocate on behalf of the library, The Friends of Pender County Library is a nonprofit that raises funds to supplement county and state funding for the library.
In attendance at the March 3 dedication ceremony were Taylor, Library Board of Trustees Chair Liz Piacenza, Friends of Pender County Library President Irene Baker, Assistant County Manager Allen Vann, Burgaw Mayor Pete Cowan, Interim Library Director Allen Phillips-Bell, Hampstead Branch Manager Karen Burkett, Library Circulation Supervisor Misty Barnes and Mitchell Henderson.
During the dedication, Taylor spoke of how humbled he is by the rare honor of having the meeting room dedicated to him and how he is indebted to the Library Trustees and the Friends of the Library for their longstanding support. Vann took the opportunity to express what a pleasure it had been to work with Taylor, to wish Taylor all the best in his retirement and to thank everyone present for their support of the library system.