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Hardin County celebrates Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Hardin County, OH is a community partnership of the Ada, Alger, Forest Jackson, Hardin Northern, MaryLou Johnson & Ridgemont libraries of the county, United Way, OSU Extension, ONU Residence Life and Kenton Moose Lodge.

Seven special Dolly bookmarks to be hidden inside Imagination Library books in September

HARDIN COUNTY--Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is turning over a new chapter in The Imagination Library legacy--celebrating 200 million books gifted globally since inception in 1995. The early childhood book-gifting program mails a high-quality, free book each month to children from birth to age five.

FAPL invitation to relaunch library volunteering and donations

Like many commnity groups, the Friends of the Ada Public Library were inactive during the COVID pandemic, but have since regrouped and resumed activities.  

Since October 2022, the local nonprofit has contributed to the library’s Halloween party, had a book drawing during Chtistmas holidays, and contributed to the recent Chocolate Bake-off.

The next scheduled volunteer activity will be to participate in the library’s summer reading program kickoff in early June. 

Movin' and groovin' for little ones on Fridays

The Ada Public Library has a new program for little ones through age four: a 3:30 p.m. Movin' and Groovin' activity on Friday afternoons.

The invitation emphasizes that there will be "music, dancing and fun!"

Check out the library's March activity calendar at

February 18 Great Chocolate Bake-Off at the Ada Public Library

Ready for a taste of some real chocolate? Librarian Rhett Grant is excited about hosting the return of the Great Chocolate Bake-Off at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18 at the Ada Public Library, 320 N. Main St.

All and sundry are invited to show off their baking skills as long as the recipe includes chocolate. Bring a favorite recipe or try out a new one from the library's selection of cookbooks (find the catalog HERE).

The prize for first place is a pound of chocolates donated by Dietsch Brothers of Findlay.

Ferguson to give tutorial on genealogy website

Ada Historical Society member Joe Ferguson will be giving a tutorial-talk about for all individuals interested in learning to use the world's largest genealogy website.

The presentation is open to the public and will be held at the Ada Public Library during the society's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18. is a research platform available for free at the library. Resources within the website include:

Surname Meanings
Historical Person Search
Women's Suffrage

The websites Historical Collections include:

Vital Records
Census Records
Military Records

You can also create a family tree and search family trees created by others.

Other genealogy materials at the library are highlighted at 

For more information about the Ada Historical Society, visit


Ada Public Library closed by burst pipe

DECEMBER 28 UPDATE: The library remains closed and is waiting for parts for the repair. 

Director Rhett Grant reports: "There was no major damage, and the leak was contained to a boiler room. We hope to be back to normal and open by tomorrow morning. Thank you for your understanding."