LPLS Mission Statement
Lorain Public Library System provides everyone with free, educational, informational and entertainment resources through responsive quality service to support lifelong learning throughout Lorain County.
A Message from the Director
We are making adjustments for the bumps along the road - figuratively and literally - as 2013 has been a transitional and transformational year. We are in the midst of a digital revolution and are making tough decisions because of it. Succession planning has really helped us as Branch Librarian Supervisor Norma Preston retired and Cheryl Grizzell took over the helm at the South Branch. Our library employees used their professional expertise and personal service skills to provide you with a welcoming experience as you visited our facilities and Bookmobile.
Our aging facilities have begun to show signs of wear and tear, but a bright spot has been the addition of the beautiful outdoor digital signage at the North Ridgeville Branch. We added additional heating and air conditioning in the Main Library’s Computer Resources Room and at the Domonkas Branch. We replaced soffits at the South Lorain Branch and began a modest renovation at the Avon Branch. At the Columbia Branch, we experienced flood damage and had to respond quickly in order to minimize damages. We continue to make modest improvements at all of our locations with your comfort in mind.
We want to thank the many volunteers who contributed to our success this past year: the Friends of the Library groups in Avon, Columbia, Lorain, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Lake, the Library Foundation board of directors, the Library Trustees, Homework Help Center volunteers and Project LITE tutors. You gave generously of your time, talent and even donated books to enhance our library collections. This is a priceless gift not only to the Library System, but especially to the communities we serve. A personal note of gratitude goes to Library Board of Trustees member Anthony Campana who gave so generously of his financial acumen and time to our Library System.
A special note of thanks also goes to our grant funders and to those of you who made charitable contributions. The Stocker Foundation funded the 2013 Summer Reading Program, where 1,862 preschool and grade school children read a minimum of four hours. Each of our Friends groups donated grand prizes to the teen and adult Summer Reading Programs.
Every day that I come to work, I see someone making a contribution to our Library System. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do for the Lorain Public Library System including your words of encouragement. You give me hope and reassurance that good tax-supported public libraries are worth fighting for. Thank you library advocates, patrons, donors and volunteers, for your long-standing support, and recognition of our libraries as priceless community assets. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a note in our suggestion box if you have questions or concerns. See you at one of our libraries or on the Bookmobile in 2014!
All the best,
Director, Lorain Public Library System