New director!

holly lynn 12-15Holly Manning Lynn will be the new director at Ritter Public Library. Trustees have hired Lynn, who has been director at the Burton Public Library for 11 years, to take over in January after the retirement of longtime director Janet Ford.

Meet Lynn, and give best wishes to Ford, at the holiday concert sponsored by Friends of Ritter Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

“I feel very honored to be the next director of the Ritter Public Library and look forward to being part of the Vermilion community,” Lynn said. She’s been a librarian for 24 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and art from Hiram College and her master’s degree in library science from Kent State University.

“I grew up on a farm in Geauga County and am delighted to be leaving the snow belt,” she said. “I enjoy bird-watching on my days off and spending time with my family.”

Like Ritter, the Burton library is a part of the CLEVNET system. It serves the residents of the Berkshire School District in Geauga County as well as the local Amish community.

Lynn will take over leadership at Ritter in January, after Ford retires at the end of December.

Ford, who grew up in Vermilion, has served as director at Ritter for 35 years. “I know the library will be in good hands,” she said. “With our strategic plan guiding us, the library will continue to play a vital role in the community.”

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