After calling the Evergreen Community Library home for over 27 years, Jane Dominique is retiring as director this month.
“I have enjoyed my career at the library and feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to serve the Evergreen Community Library, first as a children’s librarian, then as an assistant director and finally as the director,” said Dominique. “I have so many favorite memories of special programs, library expansion projects, and, most recently, the development of a local history exhibit area within the library.”
To honor her service and dedication to the library, an open house will be held at the library, located at 253 Maple St. in Metamora, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by and congratulate Dominique, who has been director since 2001, on her retirement.
“Jane has been a central part of the library’s ability to continue to provide services that our community needs,” said Carrie Hulett, technical services at the library. “As an example: a few years ago, we had a surge of families with preschoolers attending our regular Wednesday morning story times, who also had children that were infants. Jane recognized the need for a baby story time, developed our Wednesday Wigglers program, and was a huge success reading, singing, and encouraging our littlest library users.”
Hulett said Dominique also cultivated many beneficial partnerships with local groups, including Gleaners South Fairfield Arbor, which has generously hosted numerous fundraisers for the library; The Metamora Area Historical Society, which displays their collection in the library and hosts educational programs; and the Fulton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society which has its collection shelved at the library for the public to use.
One particularly fond memory Hulett mentioned was a Veterans Day program in 2014.
“Local heroes were invited to share their stories, and Senator Randy Gardner was a special guest,” said Hulett. “Jane wrote, organized, and hosted this event, and Senator Gardner still sings her praises.”
Dominique’s last day at the library will be Oct. 19.
“My decision to retire had been on my mind for the last year,” said Dominique. “I am looking forward to my retirement and pursuing my other interests.”
Hulett has been selected as the new director, a decision that pleased Dominique.
She said it was a pleasure to work with the Evergreen Community Library Board of Trustees, who worked together to create a vision and carry out a long range plan for the library.
“After 27 years, I feel like the library has been my ‘home away from home,’” said Dominique. “I care deeply about the future of the library and I am confident that it will remain a valuable resource in the Evergreen school district.
“My life has been enriched by all the wonderful people I have been blessed to know through my work at the library.”
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010