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Library director honored by Shepherdstown Rotary

November 30, 2008

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherdstown Rotary Club presented its annual Vocational Service Award to Shepherdstown Public Library Director Hali Taylor.

The award is given each fall to a community member who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining high ethical standards.

This year's award was presented at the club's Oct. 21 weekly breakfast at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown.

Taylor thanked the club for its continuing support of the library. She also praised the library's many volunteers, staff, Board of Trustees, and the Friends of the Shepherdstown Library for their dedicated service.

Taylor has been with the Shepherdstown Public Library since 1990. She began as the children's librarian and became director in 2002.

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She graduated from Shepherd with a Regent's B.A. in 1980, and received her master's in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina in 1997.

Before joining the library, Taylor worked for the Jefferson and Berkeley County school systems, and ran her own chocolate business.

A native of California, Taylor moved to Shepherdstown in 1977. With her husband Toby Raphael, she has raised two sons, Seth, a magician, and Jonathan, a budding engineer.

The Shepherdstown Public Library's service area extends beyond the boundaries of Shepherdstown, and comprises about one-third of the population of Jefferson County, or approximately 15,000 people. That number is rising rapidly, as the rate of development accelerates in the county.

The library maintains an active set of programs for children.

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