Glad You Asked: Board of trustees passionate about library


Nicole Fowles - Glad You Asked



Like many non-profits, the Delaware County District Library is governed by a board of trustees. This group of seven individuals sets Library policy, hires and supervises the Director and Fiscal Officer, approves the Library’s budget and financial practices, and creates the Library’s strategic plans.

Four DCDL board trustees are appointed by the Delaware County Commissioners, while the other three board seats are appointed by the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. The Library trustees serve a seven-year term and may serve two terms.

Our Library trustees have a variety of backgrounds. We have lawyers, a financial advisor, a business liaison, and an executive director for a leading Ohio library technology organization. However, the one thing all our board members have in common is their passion to see the Delaware County District Library succeed and be the key public information provider for the community.

The Board of Trustees meets regularly on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. with open public meetings. The meeting locations rotate throughout the DCDL system, and a schedule can be found online at www.delawarelibrary.org under “About the Library.”

Occasionally, the board will have a joint meeting with our partner libraries in Delaware County, or they’ll have a working session off-site. This Tuesday, Aug. 15, our trustees will change their meeting location from the Orange Branch Library to instead meet at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 32 South Sandusky Street in Delaware. In addition to their regular agenda, the board plans to do some future forecasting for the library and take a look at our overall strategic plan.

In other timely news, the eclipse glasses that we had at each of our branches were quickly claimed by 1,000 library cardholders or new cardholders. Thankfully, we are ordering more! We expect the extra glasses to arrive early this week. The same stipulations will remain — eclipse glasses will be given to library cardholders or those who sign up for a card, and we are asking that due to their popularity you please share with your friends. The partial eclipse can be viewed from our region in Ohio the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 21.

It’s back to school for many students this week, so for your reading picks for the week, here are some audiobooks you might enjoy listening to in the car or at the bus stop.

“Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty. Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

“Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!” by James Patterson. After Rafe is happily accepted into art school in a big city, he discovers more academic rigor and competition than he expected, compelling him to find inspiration in other exciting activities.

“The Teacher from the Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler. On the first day of school, a young boy expects only the worst when he discovers that his new teacher is the “monstrous” Mrs. Green.

“Because of Mr. Terupt” by Rob Buyea. Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by “rookie teacher” Mr. Terupt.

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Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at nfowles@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at nfowles@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!