Green Library Branch Manager Sherry Swisher is next for the celebrating one-year series.
The library has some exciting events on coming up, including receiving a historical marker on June 1 to honor John Buchtel. Buchtel, one of the first board members of the Akron Library, was born in Green Township, so the branch earned the designation.
Also, the branch is gearing up to celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2014.
The staff is also heavily involved in a variety of activities with the Chamber of Commerce, City Council and Green Local Schools. Take a look at what else Swisher has to say below:
Q) What’s in store for the library within the next year?
A) We’re combining with the Metro Parks and Summit County Health Department to provide a program called Mind, Body Sole. We’re hoping to get people to get out and walk 26 miles, read 26 books and exercise their body along with their mind.
We broke ground with the program last year and we’ve tweaked it to be a little more focused this year. All 18 branches will participate in the program this year, which starts June 3 and goes through September.
To participate, community members can come into any 18 locations of the library and register. We will give you all the forms that you need to register and keep track how many books you read and how many miles you walk, or any exercise you complete. Throughout the program we try to give you incentives to keep going. When you come in with your sheet, you can earn prize for mile markers – 10 days, 28 days, etc.
Coming up in September, Bob Grau will host a program discussing how he hiked the Appalachian Trail. In October, we’ll have the fourth annual Hot Wheels derby, where kids can come in to race their cars.
Q) How does the community influence what services and or activities are offered at the branch?
A) We keep track of questions that we can’t help you with right then and there. If someone comes in and says ‘I need help with excel spreadsheets’ then we keep track of that, so then we know that we need computer classes specifically on that topic. There are new classes offered every eight weeks.
Also, we do a lot of work with the Chamber of Commerce and we hear that businesses want to start blogging, so we’re going to offer a blogging class. Mostly it’s just the librarians and the staff trying to get out and help the community with whatever they need.
A librarian on staff, Denise Talbott, is helping with the city’s Sustainability Initiative. She’s on the Task Force to get information about other cities and what their communities are doing besides just recycling, even though that’s wonderful, but what else they are doing to sustain.
We’re also working with the schools to pursue a third grade reading grant. There’s a new initiative coming down about the third grade reading guarantee. And one of the librarians is helping them get a grant in Green.
For more information on any of the activities at the Green library branch, call 330- 896-9074.