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Ohio Library Council recognizes your Library for employees, innovation The Ohio Library Council (OLC) gives top honors to your Library! Cataloging Team Lead Michael Christian-Budd is the winner of the Service Excellence Award recognizing an employee who made outstanding contributions to local library development. The Library’s suite of customized services including Hot Authors, Hot Tickets, Book HookUp and CD of the Month is this year’s OLC Library Innovation Award winner. And Kimber L. Fender, the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library, is the OLC Hall of Fame Librarian for 2017. The awards were presented at the annual OLC conference in Dayton, Ohio on Oct. 4.

Readers with disabilities find community in book club The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) gives people with intellectual and development disabilities the chance to talk about books and interact in a social setting. A chapter of NCBC formed at the Oakley Branch Library in May 2017. The branch is only three miles from Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, which partners with the branch on the club. There’s no reading level requirement and the group meets in the public area of the branch to give members the chance to interact with Library customers. “The group has definitely formed a bond,” said Chris Oaks, Oakley Branch Manager. “They clearly enjoy themselves and feel comfortable with each other, as they often joke around with each other and the Library staff in a good-natured way.” The group is reading a book of short stories written by Dr. Thomas Fish, the founder of NCBC. The stories tackle all aspects of adult life but do so at a reading level that is appropriate for the group. There are questions at the end of the stories to encourage discussion amongst the group. For now the group is only meeting at the Oakley Branch Library and meetings are limited to eight people. The Library may expand to two additional branches in early 2018. “Being a part of this project has given me a chance to help reach previously underserved patrons in our community, as well as get to meet a lot of extraordinary people,” said Oaks. For more on the Next Chapter Book Club, visit

STATE AUDITOR HONORS LIBRARY WITH AWARD OF DISTINCTION The Library’s excellent record keeping led to the Library receiving the Auditor of State Award with Distinction from Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost. The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a clean financial audit. “We take responsible stewardship of public funds very seriously,” said Molly DeFosse, Chief Finance and Facilities Officer. “We keep careful records of the money given to us by taxpayers and work every day to provide the best service and collection to our cardholders.”


LibraryLinks | Winter 2018

NEW BOOKLISTS COMING FOR READERS! Librarians are hard at work creating fun new booklists, so you’ll never run out of stuff to read. Watch and our social media accounts for these booklists coming soon! November: Holiday Books December: Books with Buzz for 2018 January: Teen Survival Guide-Books on Tough Topics

Winter 2018 links  
Winter 2018 links