Summer 24 Newsletter

P 2 Ritter Public Library • Summer 2024 • BOARD OF TRUSTEES Marie Warden, President Chad Coolidge, Vice President Lois Arnold, Secretary Eileen Bulan Zack Dolyk Pam Reese Sarah Ross FOUNDATION BOARD Zack Dolyk, President David Berns, Vice President Jennifer Kulchar, Treasurer Libby Davis Williams, Secretary Annette Bartlome Larry Bettcher Doug Brown Jim Duke Candy Fischer Janet Ford Jo Ann Howley Tom Zeck ENDOWMENT BOARD Pat Farley, President David Berns, Vice President Tom Zeck Jill Treece HOURS Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM Friday & Saturday 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM HOLIDAY CLOSURES Sunday, June 16th Festival of the Fish Thursday, July 4th Independence Day 5680 Liberty Ave Vermilion, OH 44089 440-967-3798 As I write this, Ritter Public Library has completed two-thirds of our strategic planning process. Nearly 500 people answered our online survey, and a dozen community members gathered for a focus group. Recently, our Board of Trustees engaged in a half-day retreat to establish core values and a new mission statement. The next step is to establish overarching goals and action items. Lastly, we will compile all the elements into a final strategic plan. Proving that Ohio is “The Heart of It All,” over 7,000 library workers from around the country recently gathered for a national conference in Columbus. Four of us from Ritter attended in order to celebrate public libraries and what we’ve accomplished together. We heard from inspirational speakers and chose from over 100 educational sessions aiming to move libraries forward. Summer is a time for everyone to read for fun! And the benefits of reading extend to talking about reading with other people. Thanks to traditional print books as well as eReaders and eAudiobooks, you can read almost anywhere at any time -- on family trips in the car, commuting to work, in a book club, at a coffee shop or on a comfy couch. And if you can’t find something to read, we are here to help with suggestions for every taste and reading level. Please check out this newsletter to discover the many adventures that await you at Ritter Public Library this summer! Sandra Licks, Director From the director Do you want to make an impact by participating in scientific research? Our new Citizen Science kits allow you to do just that! Citizen Science, a program by the nonprofit organization SciStarter, partners with libraries to increase awareness of and access to meaningful ways for individuals without science degrees to engage in research efforts. Each kit contains instructions and all the tools you need to start collecting data, except for a smartphone, tablet, Science for everyone or laptop to submit your findings. Current kits offered include Exploring Biodiversity, Measuring Light in the Night, Mapping Mosquito Habitats, and Observing Pollinators. Each kit is available to borrow for two weeks at a time. Come check out the kits, located across from the main desk near the A/V section, and make your own contribution toward scientific research!