Meet the Trustee: Bob Harder

As part of our ongoing series to introduce you, the public, to our volunteer Board of Trustees we bring you a Q&A with Treasurer Bob Harder. Look for stories about our trustees in Connectnow magazine or check back on this site. We’ll post Trustees Q&As as they become available.

Q. Besides your role as a Library Trustee, what do you do in the community?

A. I am retired from working over 33 years for the State of Kansas. I am a volunteer lobbyist in the general area of human services. I also read to 1st graders at the Lowman Hill School once a week. I teach a Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church.

Q. When did you get a library card?

A.  We (he and his wife Dottie) came to Topeka in 1958. We began using the library then and we have never stopped.

Q. What area of the library are you most interested in or excited about?

A. The Kids Library because it is always alive with children, and I like all of the art work being done by our own staff.  Also, the Café because it is such a good place to meet friends and then go to the Booktique and the opportunity to check out books and movies while in the Library.

Q. Name a few ways you see the library making a difference in the Topeka and Shawnee County community.

A.  The Library is gathering point for all of Topeka and Shawnee County. It is the most ecumenical and diverse location for the children, youth, and adults to gather in our city. It provides an unlimited opportunity for reading and learning. The Library defines who we are in Shawnee County and Topeka and that definition is one of a journey for knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking.

Q. What will the library do in 2012 to make a difference for library customers and the community?

A.  It will continue to do what the Library staff is good at doing – providing a place for the stories we want, the information we need, and the connections we seek. And the Library will be leading all of us into the next year, the next decade with a better understanding of who we are and how to make Topeka/Shawnee County a even better place to live.

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.