On Sunday evening, October 24, Carol Roberts of Wilton, NH received the New Hampshire Library Association’s Ann Geisel Award of Merit. Roberts is the former director of the Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library.
The Ann Geisel Award of Merit is given to an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to the New Hampshire library community. Past Ann Geisel Award of Merit recipients have improved all New Hampshire libraries by providing library services or advocating for library issues in NH and beyond.
During Roberts’s tenure at the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, the number of library cardholders doubled, and the number of materials circulated also nearly doubled. She oversaw a renovation project that helped bring 21st century technology to the building while still preserving its historic essence.
In 2012, Roberts came out of retirement to lead the Pelham Public Library as interim director, and went on to do the same at the Jaffrey Public Library in 2014. She was also the chair of the New Hampshire Library Association’s READS Programming Committee, which offers professional development to reference and adult service librarians. In letters nominating Carol Roberts for this award, colleagues described her as a mentor, “a dedicated, selfless professional”, “a remarkable and tireless library promoter and supporter”, and “a role model for service and dedication in our field.”