By Hayley Thomas
When asked how longtime Library & Recreation Services Director Annie Robb felt to be celebrated by friends, family and coworkers during her retirement party last Friday, the answer was heartfelt.
“I feel surrounded by love,” Robb said during the well-attended event hosted at Studios on the Park in downtown Paso Robles.
“It feels wonderful to be surrounded by my work friends and personal friends, my parents are here, and this is just a wonderful setting,” she said.
Catered appetizers and local wine set the mood for a joyous send-off.
Robb was all smiles as she mingled with the numerous friends and coworkers she's associated with throughout her years as Library & Recreation Services Director.
“Annie is a fabulous friend, traveling companion and I love her very much,” said longtime friend Pat Hosegood Martin. Added Robb's mother Armida Robb simply, “This [recognition] is well deserved.”
Predecessor Barbara Partridge and successor Julie Dahlen also sang Robb's praises, citing the woman's creativity and professionalism.
“They are big shoes to fill,” said Dahlen, who will be moving on from her position as City Librarian in the near future.
Dahlen said the most important thing she learned from her mentor was that life is not black-and-white and that there is always “a world of opportunities” and a “broader perspective” to consider when making decisions. Dahlen said Robb applied this philosophy to everything from library fines, managing volunteers or hosting library-related events.
“Working with Annie for 15 years was phenomenal," Dahlen said. “She has a lot of professionalism, but I also felt like I was working with my big sister. She was a mentor, and every step of the way I followed in her footsteps.”
Barbara Partridge, who took on the position before the two women, said Robb was truly an asset to the city.
“Annie inspires and brings out the best in people,” said Partridge. “She's smart and passionate about a lot of things including learning, giving, thought and our community. She's one of the finest people I know.”