February 3, 2017

Despite yesterday’s news that we still have another six weeks of winter to endure, I’ll resolve to remain as positive as possible during the duration. Extra sunshine and returning greenery aren’t really that far away, and the delay of yardwork will afford more time to...

January 12, 2017

Another year has come and gone and, as I write this, I can’t but help wonder if 2017 will pass by as quickly as 2016. My assumption is, ‘yes, it will… and it may pass even faster!’. Some early indications leading me to have this belief concern, namely, the ongoing work...

November 9, 2016

Cozying up… at the Library?

The end of the year, holidays, and pending Winter aren’t far away and I find myself increasingly reluctant to step foot outside: the rigors of house yard work are nearly over, colder winds are whistling through bare tree tops, and skies are b...

October 3, 2016

Gray clouds and cool breezes have already begun sweeping in and through Port Clinton with a sudden reminder that, yes, Fall is here. Although many of the leaves haven’t turned colors, gold and orange and red I hope, it’s only a matter of time before most of us will be...

September 1, 2016

How many times have we heard that public libraries are no longer simply warehouses, warehouses stocked with books, more books, and stuff… and nothing else? Libraries are, instead, moving out of choice and necessity towards community center models that emphasize collabo...

July 29, 2016

August is already upon us and, although I’m not sure about your status, I haven’t read as many books, watched as many movies, and listened to as many audio books as I had hoped. Around Memorial Day, every year, my intentions and expectations rise to the occasion; this...

July 13, 2016

As I write this month’s piece I can’t help but wonder what happened to the first half of summer. June’s having breezed by so quickly points to positive signs: an active Summer Programming schedule, the hustle and bustle of the annual influx of our summer-residents and...

June 2, 2016

If you were to perform an Internet search with words like ‘national holidays’ or ‘annual observances’, you might be amazed by the amount of officially and unofficially results you collect. The list really does run the gamut, from staples like Memorial and Independence...

May 2, 2016

April came and went in a hurry, very typical of this time of year’s weather fronts: from warm and sunny to cold and wet, the changes ran the gamut. It’s the definitive month in Ohio where winter transitions and transforms into spring. Although May is now upon us, and s...

March 1, 2016

As Director, I hope you welcome the opportunity to attend Ida Rupp’s programs, explore the collections (both physical and digital), and familiarize yourself with all of the services the library offers. This article is the first of many I anticipate to write as a contri...

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