July Director's Dish

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 vacationing visitors, and weather that, while dry, has proved to be summer-like: hot. But before we find ourselves upon the doorstep of Labor Day, at summer’s end, I’d be remiss to not highlight several points below, the one glue holding all together being that the list, in some way or ways, is related to summer-themed activities and services.

Although this year’s Summer Programming is beginning to wind down (two weeks remain), the library, and specifically the Youth Services department, thanks all participants who engaged this season’s themes of health and activity. Please visit the library’s calendar at the following week to see which remaining programs you might like to attend: http://www.idarupp.org/#!programs/c1ylq.

Summer also spells family reunions and get-togethers with friends. Speaking to the former, family is a well-documented and researched topic at Ida Rupp. Simply call or visit the library to inquire about monthly genealogy classes hosted in the library’s technology lab. Should you want additional, personalized one-on-one help researching a long-lost aunt or cousin, feel free to make use of our ‘Book a Librarian’ feature. It’s another way to express our attempt to make your experience at and relationship with the library more personalized: http://www.idarupp.org/#!book-a-librarian/epfco.

The annual Friends of the Library book sale will be held Thursday through Saturday, August 4 - 6. As always, the public is welcome to visit the well-stocked and organized community room, which is set-up and torn-down thanks to the help of innumerable staff and, particularly, volunteers, to peruse titles that may catch your interest. In addition, the Friends plan to host an Ice Cream Social at Ida Rupp this September (details to be determined soon) to commemorate their 40th anniversary. The Friends fund and support a variety of library programs and activities including, among other things, the Summer Programming and the Community Wide Read. Here’s wishing the Friends another 40 vibrant years.

Visiting South Bass Island and Put-In-Bay is undeniably a popular activity amongst tourists and locals alike. Should you venture off the well-worn path of PIB’s downtown, please stop by 281 Concord Street. Attached to the Put-In-Bay school district building, you’ll find there our branch, Erie Islands Library, well-stocked with books, movies, technology, and a resourceful and friendly staff. Your Ida Rupp library card is valid there and should you need a new card you can easily register on site. Please remember to check our website, at www.idarupp.org , to make note of EIL’s open hours of service.

And what words shout ‘summer’ more than, besides cookouts, music and movies? You can access those and more (including audiobooks, eBooks, TV shows, and comics) via our subscription to Hoopla. With an intuitive interface that requires a simple one-time registration process, all you need is your Ida Rupp library card to access thousands of digitally available media on your laptop, smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device. Hoopla can be found by visiting the library’s website and searching under the ‘Read, Watch, Listen’ tab on the homepage. Questions? Please feel free to contact the library to inquire about this unique collection: https://www.hoopladigital.com/home.

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