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Emily Richards

June 26, 2017

Poetic License

You'll find this license plate in Bluffton near the St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to the congregation's pastor, Rev. Carol Clements.

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Library construction will start in two weeks

Project should be completed in seven months

Watch for construction to begin soon at the Ada Public Library.

After careful consideration, and the recommendation of Garmann/Miller Architects-Engineers, the Board of Trustees of the Ada Public Library awarded a contract to Studer-Obringer, Inc. of New Washington, according to Rhett Grant, library director.

Funding for the renovation and addition comes from a dedicated fund.

The addition on the northeast side of the library will add some much needed space. Additional parking will be added, as well as an outdoor reading area. 

"We hope to begin construction in two weeks, and finish within seven months," said Grant.

Learn how to take a better picture

Trevor Jones will show library patrons how to better photograph people. The free program, which will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Ada Public Library, is for people of all ages.

Jones, who has been photographer/digital asset manager at ONU for the past three years, said, "No matter what kind of camera you have, we'll look at how to take better photos of family and friends."

"The presentation will serve as a beginners guide to setting your camera and placing your subject to take the best photo in different environments," he explained.

Jones, an award-winning photographer, served as a newspaper photographer and photo editor before coming to ONU.

Sounds of Celts in Ada

By Monty Siekerman
The Ada Public Library sponsored a program of Celtic music performed by the duo named Upriver Music at the Ada First United Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon.

The duo of Teresa White and Dan Moorefield also entertained with mountain music songs, including some they have written such as "Secret."

They played the hammered dulcimer, Irish penny whistle, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and guitar. During the past 15 years, the couple has produced 6 CDs and has performed for educational and historical groups, festivals, and private and corporate parties.

Top secret word game

Teen board games never stop this summer

By Monty Siekerman
Teens enjoy a board game sponsored by the Ada Public Library at the Ada First United Methodist Church.

The teens meet weekly during the school year and twice monthly during the summer. The next meeting will be 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.

Among the games played this week were Ticket to Ride, Jamaica, Codenames, Qwixx, and Coconuts.

Many library events are scheduled at the church or elsewhere for the next several months while the library receives an addition and undergoes a remodeling. Bids for the project are now being sought.

Meet the new library director

Rhett Grant - the next chapter the Ada Public Library story

By Monty Siekerman
Meet the new Ada Public Library director. He's Rhett Grant, a soft spoken Southerner without the Southern drawl. The 45-year-old comes to Ada from a suburb of Atlanta. 

Rhett grew up in Alabama and Michigan.

His library experience, too, is a combination of the South and Midwest. His most recent library job was head of adult services for a library in Clarkston, Mich. 

State Senator Cliff Hites brings Batman to Ada library

Friday morning for some super hero storyies

Batman returns to Ada at 11 a.m. Friday, June 9.

He'll bring his side-kick State Senator Cliff Hite with him for a return visit of Batman Storytime at the Ada Public Library. Hite and Batman (or are they one and same?) visited the library two summers ago for a similiar storytime.

Sen. Hite is a former teacher and coach, so interacting with children just comes naturally.

In the photo he gives a fist bump to Daniel Klear.

Sen. Hite is a Republican from Findlay and has represented this area as senator since 2011.

He serves on the following committees: agriculture, education, energy and natural resources, public utilities and rules and reference.

Sharing her passion for literacy and the library

Natalie Garver Walton - Ada Public Library youth services coordinator

By Darlene Bowers
It’s a sunny morning in Ada. A spider rests on a young woman’s hand as a ladybug adorns her index finger. She captures the attention of a roomful of toddlers as she reads aloud from one of the thousands of books she’s grown to love.

She knows many of the stories by heart. It’s afternoon now. You hear her cheery voice lilting with encouragement as she explains to a youngster why eating candy near books that are shared with others is not a good idea.

Summer reading program starts Saturday

Theme: Build a better world

Come join the fun at the Ada Public Library on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to sign up for Summer Reading 2017.

This year’s theme is Build A Better World celebrating the power in each and every one of us to build, create and imagine a better world. We’re also celebrating the Centennial of the Ada Public Library this year!

Bring the whole family to enjoy face painting, a steel drum band, 4-H animals, Touch-a-Truck (fire, ems, police) or to buy books at the huge FRIENDS of the Library Used Book Sale.

Mid-Ohio Energy Community Fund grant supports summer reading program

Library program begins June 3

Earlier this week, Mid-Ohio Energy Community Fund, Inc. presented a grant to the Ada Public Library for its summer reading program. 

Tim Street, Director of Communications and Member Services for Mid-Ohio  and Natalie Walton, Youth Services Coordinator for the library, paused to celebrate the impact of the grant. 

The summer reading program begins Saturday, June 3.

Library board to meet

The library board will meet in special session to discuss building plans. The meeting is set for  9 a.m. on Monday in the library's meeting room. All governmental meetings are open to the public.

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