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Bethany Spieth will serve as library board president in 2021

Noah Ristau is vice-president

Bethany Spieth was elected president of the Ada Public Library board of trustees at its reorganization meeting in December, according to Rhett Grant, library director. Noah Ristau is the board’s vice-president.

Library board members along with Spieth and Ristau are:

Erin Chrissobolis
Connie Fleming
Anne Hamilton
Steve Johnson
Jamie Wills

The board meets at 9 a.m. in the library’s meeting room on the following dates in 2021:

Jan. 25
Feb. 15
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
Aug. 16
Sept. 20
Oct. 18
Nov. 15

Ada Chats Online tonight

2 videos links in this story provide details of tonight's chats

Ada Chats return in a new format tonight: Ada Chats Online with two live virtual discussions at 5:30 p.m.  Click here to access the live discussion at 5:30 p.m in a Zoom format.

Chat topics are “Benedict for Today,” and “Open Up to Open Access.”  

• In honor of Open Access Week 2020, ONU librarians Heather Crozier and Chris Deems address the concept of Open Access, how it can benefit society, and what ONU is doing to support and encourage this method of publishing.

Ada Public Library now open to the public

Limit is 10 patrons at a time

The Ada Public Library has reopened to the public.

Rhett Grant, library administrator, announced on Facebook that the library opened today (Monday, Sept. 28).

"There is a limit of 10 people allowed in the library at one time," he told The Icon. "Visits are for a maximum of 30 minutes."

He added that he recommends that patrons schedule an appointment to prevent from waiting to enter.

Scheduling appointments can take place by calling the library at 419-634-5246 or click here.

A good book awaits you at the public library

All you need to do is call for a time when you can stop in on your own

“We know many patrons are anxious to come into the library and browse,” said Rhett Grant, administrator of the Ada Public Library.

And, with an announcement from the governor of Ohio allowing libraries to reopen, Ada’s library did so on a limited basis with limited use for computers on Aug. 14.

The Icon took advantage of the opening and stopped in on Aug. 27 and found the accommodations in excellent and safe condition.

The library issued an addendum to its reopening, and copies are available at the library entrance. The reopening procedures include 14 items and patrons can find that list at the bottom of this story.

You can now book it to the library

Patrons may now schedule a time to stop in the library

The Ada Public Library is back in business.

Last week the library announced that it is taking appointments for patrons to stop inside the library, according to Rhett Grant, library administrator.

“Patrons can schedule a visit by calling the library at 419-634-5246,” he said. 

They can also schedule a visit by clicking on this link. 

Appointments are for 10 people or less for 30 minutes, every hour on the hour. 

Curbside will continue at the same time. Also, late fines will continue to be waived. 

Music and a book from the Ada library

Combining a little Bizet with a familiar classic story

Music and a book for an August afternoon.

That's what the Ada Public Library in cooperation wtih the Lima Symphony Orchestra offer to Icon viewers – in video form.

Combining the very familiar musical score of Bizet's "Carmen" to a popular children's book "The Story of Ferdinand," by Munro Leaf, here's the most recent library storytime presentation.

It's the classic tale about a peaceful bull who refuses to fight in the bullfights in Madrid and would rather smell the flowers.

You may listen to the music and the story by clicking on the video below.