Message from the Director
Change is inevitable. Everyday we must endure some sort of change which could be minute or extraordinary. It can be life changing, of little importance, or of no importance. However, it must exist.
Libraries, of course, are no exception. The library is no longer just a bricks and mortar building to house books. As our motto states, we are “more than just books.” Everyday at the library we have people using services such as faxes, copying machines, computers, movies and digital books. We offer these changes because we understand that there is a need for these services and no other place to offer than a community center such as the library.
Lately, the library has expanded our services outside the building. My vision as director has always been to meet the community needs. What better way to find out those needs, then to be embedded in the community. Our library staff has been seen at events like Healthy Kids Day and Touch-a-Truck at Affair of Art, Apples and Ale where we offer full library services such as signing up for library cards and checking out books. We spent a day at the Celina Intermediate School teaching 5th graders how to use our mobile apps. In October, we joined the community by hosting Trivia Nights at Brew Nation in downtown Celina and Moeller Brew Barn in Chickasaw. The Friends of the Mercer County District Library even sponsored a walk down Main Street while discussing the background of historic homes.
These changes not only affect the library’s presence in our community, but also within the staff. At the end of October we welcomed three new employees within the Mercer County District Library: Renee Carpenter, Sierra Clausen, and Keshia Willman. Renee and Sierra will be working at Celina. They will be helping at the circulation desk and within the children’s department. Keshia is taking over the role of branch manager at the St. Henry-Granville Branch Library.
With the addition of these staff members, we unfortunately had to say a goodbye to other staff members. Erica King, from the Celina library, and Judy Gelhaus, St. Henry Branch Manager, have moved on from the Mercer County District Library. While these changes are initially difficult, the Library will adapt as we welcome Renee, Sierra, and Keshia to our staff enthusiastically.
While changes are inevitable, your library will always strive to be a vital place within our community. While visiting your local Mercer County District Library, please be sure to give a warm welcome to our new employees. We hope that they will serve you and our communities to their fullest extents. As always, if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please share those as well.
- Elizabeth Muether, MLIS, Director