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Message from the Director

Greetings,

I am grateful for the opportunity to share a final message with you because, by the time of publication, I will have started my new position. I have truly cherished my 4.5 years at the helm in Huron and am happy to be leaving a strong, well-connected organization for my successor. There are many moments and memories I am proud to carry with me from Huron. These accomplishments are a testament to the staff, Board of Trustees, and many community members I worked so closely with over these years.

  • I am proud of our outreach in the community. The Book Bike at the Farmers Market (I was not selling ice cream!), the collection at the Reserve at Lakeview Landing, and the many visits by our Youth Librarians to schools and preschools in Huron prove that the Library can meet people where they are.
  • I am proud of the efforts of the Board of Trustees, those who completed surveys, and those stakeholders we interviewed at focus groups who helped to carefully craft a forward-thinking strategic plan that made room for community voices.
  • I am proud of the many volunteers who assisted by sharing our message during the 2017 levy campaign, including a few families that continued to return for extra door hangers to post around the City and Township. Your efforts and the collective support of the community means the Library has a solid financial foundation for the next Director.
  • I am proud I was able to serve the community in various capacities on local boards and committees. I found Huron to be tightly connected by a web of ‘do-ers’ and ‘joiners’, the type of people that say ‘yes’ and get things done. I am hopeful I was able to be one of those people in Huron.
  • I am proud to have been welcomed by the Rotary Club, where I served as Secretary, Song Leader, and as the MC for the Halloween Party in my ever-popular Huron Library Card costume.
  • I am proud of this staff and those employees who worked at HPL during my tenure. I found this staff to be passionate about public service, willing to try new ideas and service offerings, and able to have fun and laugh at ourselves when needed.

Finally, I am happy to announce the Board of Trustees recently approved a policy change that I feel will be beneficial to the public. The threshold for library fines was raised to $12 allowing for more items to be checked out, fines on DVDs were reduced from $1 per day to $.10 per day to match our other fines and to minimize pressure on patrons who are a few days behind, and fines on juvenile materials (board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, J audio, J non-fiction, and J DVDs) were completely removed. Children should be able to check out books and use library materials without accruing fines. I am proud of the Board’s resolve to continually modernize library services.

Please enjoy the wealth of programs and information you will find on the following pages. We are so happy to share our work with you.

With gratitude,

Benjamin Reid

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