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April 28, 2017

Poetic License

BACH 3 - does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is Bach 1 and Bach 2? The Icon spotted this plate on a slate-colored Chevy Cruze in Ada. And, it's on a Bald Eagle special plate. Anyone who can tell us about the plate's meaning, please let us know at: info@adaicon.com

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Library Parachute Play Thursday

The Ada Public Library will sponsor a Parachute Play on the lawn from 3:30-4:30 p.m.on Thursday. The event is for children K-5.

Have a farewell cookie to send off Amanda

Want to wish Amanda Bennett a great Ada farewell?

The public library hosts a farewell cookie send off for Amanda. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, at the library.

In an earlier story on the Icon, we explained about Amanda's new position. Here's that story:

By Monty Siekerman
Amanda Bennett, director of the Ada Public Library for the past four and a half years, has tendered her resignation, effective Friday, April 21.

Friends of the Library Donation Benefits Young Patrons

The Ada Public Library would like to thank the Friends of the Library for their recent donation of funds to purchase a multi-sensory play table for the Children's Department. Since it's delivery, the play table has been a hotspot in the Children's Department,

The Friends of the Library--think of them as the Library's Booster Club--raises money through membership dues and various fundraisers, including their book sales at both the Summer Reading Kick-Off (June 3rd, 10a.m.-1:45p.m.) and the Harvest & Herb Festival. If you are interested in joining this group, pop by the Library for an application!

Amanda checks out her last book at the library

Library director takes position in Illinois, last day in Ada is April 21

By Monty Siekerman
Amanda Bennett, director of the Ada Public Library for the past four and a half years, has tendered her resignation, effective Friday, April 21.

She will be moving to suburban Chicago where she has accepted a position as library director of the Sandwich, Ill., Public Library.

A wedding is also in her future plans. She is plans to be married in October to Scott Carr, an engineer who works in Chicago.

At a farewell party on Tuesday, Connie Fleming, Ada library board chair, said, "Amanda has implemented many new programs and has been very active in the community. She will be missed. We wish her the best."

Ada Public Library building expansion and renovation top priority in 2017

Here's an overview of the projected $750,000 expansion and renovation

The Ada Public Library will be undergoing an expansion and renovations in 2017. Amanda Bennett, library director, provided the Icon with this overview of the library:

The current building, constructed in 1953, was expanded and renovated in the 1960s and 1990s, as the needs changed and the community outgrew the space.

By beginning this process we take a huge step forward in our ability to continue quality service for our patrons, while expanding on the amount and variety of library programs, as well as community ones, which we will be able to offer.

Last Ada Chats of Winter 2017

You've heard the term Ada Chats, and you're still not sure what it means? We invite you to join us for the last Ada Chats of this semester, Wednesday, April 12th, 3:30p.m. at Heterick Memorial Library, ONU. Can't make it, or bummed you've missed past chats? Check out the link for videos from past presenters.


Ada Chats is an event co-sponosred by the Heterick Memorial Library and Ada Public Library.

Ada library patrons thrive on Amish fiction

Amish Book Group going strong for three years

By Monty Siekerman
There are a lot of readers of Amish fiction, thus a lot of writers churning out books about a lifestyle quite different from most Americans.

For the past three years, Natalie Walton, of the Ada Public Library staff, heads up an Amish Book Group that discusses a book about the Amish way of life. Some books are mysteries, some filled with surprises, some include "English" (non Amish) neighbors, while some are romance novels.

The group reviewed "Assaulted Pretzel" by Laura Bradford when they met Tuesday at the library.

Ada Public Library Opens Bid Period for Building Project

The Ada Public Library will be going through a renovation of the existing space, as well as an expansion of the building, and the addition of a parking lot. The following information is pertinent to construction companies:



Sealed proposals will be received by the Ada Public Library at the Ada Public Library until 3:30 PM on April 20, 2017, at which time and place proposals will be opened publicly and read aloud.  Proposals received after 3:30 PM will be returned unopened.  Proposals shall be for the furnishing of materials and the performance of labor necessary for the:

March comes in like a library

because there are so many things happening at 320 N. Main St., Ada

March is coming in like a library.
Ada Public Library, 320 N. Main St., posted its March calendar and the Icon shares it with viewers (CLICK TO VIEW).

Among March library highlights include:
• March 1 – Teen pizza waffles (6th to 12th grades), 3:30 p.m.
• March 7 – Family Storytime, 11 a.m. and again at 6 p.m.
• March 14 – ONU mobile clinic, 11 a.m. and again on March 28
• March 17 – St. Patty’s Day party for K to 5th grade, 3:30 p.m.
• March 25 – Animal legends, 10:30 a.m.
• March 30 – Spring art for K to 5th grade, 3:30 p.m.

Newest library board member

The Board of Trustees of the Ada Public Library would like to welcome Meri Skilliter as their newest member. 

Skilliter replaced Dr. Suzanne Darmer as Superintendent of Ada Exempted Village Schools, upon Darmer's retirement, and thus takes her spot on the Ada Public Library Board of Trustees.

Pictured is Skilliter being sworn in by notary, Natalie Walton, (Youth Services Coordinator, Ada Public Library).