Friends of the Library hosting Arts Fair
The Friends of the Delaware County District Library will host a two-day arts fair at the Delaware Main Library. The dates are Saturday April 1, 2017 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday April 2, 2017 from noon-4 p.m. The art will be on display beginning Sunday, March 26th, until the start of the Arts Fair during regular library hours.
The funds raised from donated art will benefit the Delaware County District Library and the Communities it serves. The donated pieces of art include many central Ohio artists, as well as, some nationally and internationally known artists.
Friends receive a $2,500 grant
Friends of the Delaware County District Library have been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Delaware County Foundation and the Amos Family Fund to purchase a smart board for the Community Room at the Delaware Branch of the Delaware County District Library. The Interactive Smart Board will be part of a renovation of the Community Room that the Delaware County District Library will begin early in 2017. The Friends will match the $2,500 grant.
Cincinnati Library Director Receives A. Chapman Parsons Award
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Library Council (OLC) continues its tradition of honoring the best and brightest individuals in the Ohio public library community. Kimber L. Fender, The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, has been selected as the recipient of the A. Chapman Parsons Award for her outstanding work on behalf of Ohio’s public libraries. She will be recognized at the OLC’s Legislative Luncheon on March 29 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.
Ms. Fender currently serves as the Chair of the OLC’s Government Relations Committee and has testified many times before the Ohio General Assembly on issues that impact public libraries across the state . She was instrumental in the release of the OLC’s 2016 Return on Investment Study which quantified the value of Ohio’s public libraries in clear and understandable economic terms. In addition to her advocacy efforts in Ohio, Ms. Fender has represented public libraries on a national level at the American Library Association’s annual legislative event in Washington, D.C. She has had a distinguished career in library services serving as the Executive Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County since 1999.
Throughout her tenure, Ms. Fender has expanded services and enhanced resources by partnering with many community organizations including the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Public Schools. In 2009, the OLC’s Board of Directors named Ms. Fender “Librarian of the Year.”
About the A. Chapman Parsons Award
This award is given in recognition of significant activity or accomplishment in the area of government relations. It is named for the late executive director of the Ohio Library Association who defined the elements of successful library advocacy for 22 years. The award reflects Chap Parsons’ abiding interest in working productively with governmental authorities.
Ohio Representative Ryan Smith to Receive Andrew Carnegie Award
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Library Council (OLC) continues its tradition of recognizing individuals who support Ohio’s public libraries and advocate on their behalf in the state legislature. Ohio Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) has been named the recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Award for his unwavering support of Ohio’s public libraries and their efforts to provide quality public library service to all Ohioans. He will be recognized at the OLC’s Legislative Luncheon on March 29 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.
Rep. Smith is currently serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives and is the Chairman of the House Finance Committee which oversees the state operating budget proposal.
“Chairman Smith has been a champion for public libraries and has recognized the essential role they play in communities all across the state. His efforts to assure quality public library service to all Ohio citizens exemplify the spirit of Andrew Carnegie, the father of the modern public library,” said Michelle Francis, OLC Director of Government and Legal Services.
About the Andrew Carnegie Award
This award is presented to government officials who have exhibited outstanding support of public libraries and their efforts to assure quality public library services to all Ohioans.
Previous recipients of this award include Governors, Ohio House Speakers, Ohio Senate Presidents and members of the General Assembly. This award is so named because no one person has given more to public libraries than Andrew Carnegie.
The Ohio Library Council is the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s 251 public library systems, their trustees, Friends, and staffs.
For more information about FOL visit: www.delawarelibraryfriends.org
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