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Library directors guest on BTL

Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

How do you end a great career that was everything you hoped for when you started 37 1/2 years ago? 

With grace, if you're Sandusky Library director Julie Brooks.

"I was 23 (when she started). You can do the math. I'm 60."

Brooks, who will retire next month, served the library during a period that of remarkable growth in services, facilities, patronage and prestige.

And on Thursday during a special on the road "Between the Lines" at the Sandusky Library, Brooks reflected on her time here. 

"Sandusky looked like a beautiful place to settle down," Brooks said. "I really wanted to make a mark and stay in one place and continue to watch something develop."

And Brooks was still swinging for the fence on Thursday for libraries across the state.

Huron Library director Benjamin Reid and Michelle Francis, government relations director with the Ohio Library Council joined Brooksall agreed the state should restore funding to previous levels and hoped that would be incorporated in Ohio Gov. John Kasich's state budget later this year.

"Our funding today is the same as it was in 1996, withouth accounting for inflation," Francis said.

Reid took over at the Huron Library in January and said Brooks has been an excellent collaborator.

"It's been an exciting time," he said.

All three vowed to lobby Gov. Kasich and state legislators to restore library funding and would urge library patrons across the state to tell state officials to do right by the "best state library system" in the country. 

Also on Thursday: BTL host and Register (watch) managing editor gets all wet and cold accepting the ALS Challenge.




Watch for these guests in the weeks to come: George Spadaro, of Cedar Villa fame and pasta sauce (we are going to call him again to confirm) at noon on Sept. 4 and a special 9/11 edition from Washington Park with Sandusky police chief John Orzech and fire chief Dave Degnan at noon Sept. 11.

Watch the program in the player below or live at sanduskyregister.com

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