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Library Service Center renamed Baugher Center to honor former Director Phil Baugher

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On Sunday, Nov. 20, community members, Westchester Public Library staff, library board members, and friends and family of former Library Director Phil Baugher gathered at the Library Service Center to honor Baugher and officially dedicate the center as the Baugher Center.

Baugher became the Library Director of the WPL system in 1979 and held that position for over 36 years, until his retirement in 2015. Through those years Baugher saw many changes in the library world and did an excellent job of building and modernizing the library.

It was the idea of the WPL library board members, the board attorney, and current Library Director Leea Yelich, to rename the Library Service Center to honor Baugher’s decades of service to the library and to the community.

"Phil was an integral part of the community for many years and his positive impact will be felt for many more to come. Although he is quite humble and didn't serve the community in order to receive accolades, being able to honor him by renaming the 'Library Service Center' the 'Baugher Center' seems like a great way of showing our appreciation for his efforts and that he'll always be an integral part of Westchester Public Library," Yelich said.

Many of the guests donned in tie-dye and Hawaiian shirts to pay tribute to Baugher’s style and love of the Grateful Dead, enjoyed cake and light refreshments as they congratulated Baugher and shared memories of his tenure at WPL.

Since retiring Baugher has enjoyed spending time with family, especially with his first granddaughter, and spent the summer sailing on Lake Michigan.



Posted 11/23/2016




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