Ada Library Directory Rhett Grant has participated in the board games, the Japanese cooking, the Adult Book study, yet still has time to do library directory stuff too - Ada Herald
Ada Library Directory Rhett Grant has participated in the board games, the Japanese cooking, the Adult Book study, yet still has time to do library directory stuff too. (Ada Herald/Joe Schriner)

ADA — Librarius: Latin for “concerning books.”

Bulletin: It’s not your grandmother’s ‘libarius’ anymore!

Just take Ada’s Public ‘Library’ (English word for: libarius – if you hadn’t figured that out yet.)

Library Director Rhett Grant, who graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi [“Go Golden Eagles!”] with a double Masters in History and Library Science, said modern libraries are, yes, still about books, but way more as well now.

In fact, many libraries have expanded to become, in essence “community centers” offering a wide array of activities, said Grant.

Some examples at the Ada Library:

• There’s Japanese Cooking.

• Other nights women (and men, to be politically correct, although no men have been spotted doing this yet) knit and crochet.

• Then there’s a professional “Buckeye Gamer” who facilitates nothing but the playing of board games. And that’s when the library isn’t showing a family movie like The Sound of Music (okay, there’s more modern movies as well, like: The Sound of Music 2).

• And, of course, the movies aren’t on the same nights as the Adult Book Discussions. And that’s not even mentioning, but I will, the acoustic instrument “Jams” every other week.

• And if all that isn’t enough, there is a regular Children’s Story Time – featuring such reading as the Children’s Book version of: The Sound of Music.

And all the above activities – just cover Monday.

Just kidding.

For some particulars…

Yusuke Muratsu (which is Japanese for: Yusuke Muratsu) has, besides the night he gave a presentation on Japanese culture in general, given several Japanese cooking demonstrations featuring: exotic rice balls, and a rice and pork noodle dish “…which was to die for,” said Grant. [He had, not one, but two sample helpings of that.]

What’s more, on other nights, there are “Board Game Sessions” sometimes facilitated by none other than Thomas Crownhart, who is a member of the Buckeye Gamer Network. (First I’d heard of that.) These board game experts, from all over Ohio, meet for regular weekend Board Game Tournaments at various locations throughout the state.

Grant said he brought Mr. Crownhart, and the board game concept in general, into the library to promote “multi-generation family interaction.” Something lost in a majority of, say, screen time.

The director said board games have included: Dominion; Ticket to Ride; and, of course, The Sound of Music Board Game.

And if all that isn’t enough, the library actually does something with books as well. I mean there are so many of them there. Their monthly Adult Book Study has included such books as: A Gentleman from Moscow (*not attached to the Mueller probe); Little Fires Everywhere (about two families – one perfect, one not-so-perfect – in, of all places, Shaker Heights, Ohio; and, umm, the adult version of: The Sound of Music (the novel).