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Monday, April 29, 2013 8:38 AM


I am writing to urge those to vote “yes” on the upcoming Delphos Library Renewal Levy. I am a local mother and wife as well as the executive director of the Delphos Area Art Guild and each of my hats I carry in life have been positively affected by the library.

As a mom and wife, I am able to reap the obvious benefits of a library, such as being able to select from a broad range of reading and educational materials each week. But something you may not recognize as an important function of the library is the significant community outreach it successfully supplies to Delphos. There is a full calendar of happenings for all ages. Recent events have included a tea party for mother and child(ren), a young and talented local magician, as well as highlighting some local small businesses throughout National Library Week – often without a cost associated with the program.

Community — it is what the library is all about! They not only support their internal programming but are specifically supporting the growth of a local not-for-profit organization – The Delphos Area Art Guild. We have a lovely second-floor space above the Museum of Postal History where ADA access is not available. Therefore, we approached the library regarding using their classroom space within the library as well as their site First Edition Building. Kelly Rist, the executive director of the library, listened, made a proposal to the board and within one week, we had an agreement. We have since decided to further our relationship by working together, creating more community-focused programs.

We currently have a mission statement of “DAAG + DPL = bigger, better and more community events.”

The library is so much more than books! And the wonderful board and staff allows this local treasure to look beyond its own walls and see how to best serve each person, family and business in Delphos.

Thank you.


Shauna Turner-Smith

executive director, DAAG


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