Peter Previte is an ardent backer of the Ada Library, which happens to be just across the street from his home on Main Street - Ada Herald
Peter Previte is an ardent backer of the Ada Library, which happens to be just across the street from his home on Main Street. (Ada Herald/Joe Schriner)

ADA — When Ada attorney Peter Previte was looking for a home, he had, among a number of wants, a desire to be as close as possible to the Ada Library.

He got his wish.

A home came available on Main Street, right across the street from the library.

Previte, who has not one, but two pro-library levy support signs in his front yard, said that the “literary world” is extremely important for an individual’s success in the world.

“And what better place to learn than your local library,” he smiled.

Ada Library Director Rhett Grant agrees. ‘Granted’ (sorry) he’s a bit biased.

And why not. He said the Ada Library, last year, had a phenomenal 30,000 visits.

And people aren’t just coming for books anymore, said Grant. Libraries are morphing into, in effect, community centers.

Ada’s library has a coloring club, a knitting club, and an adult book club, among others. A recent book was The Great Alone, about a family that moves from suburban Seattle to the wilds of Alaska.

The library also regularly puts on lecture series; coming soon a history series entitled The Aftermath of World War II.

Once a month on a Saturday, there’s a board game meet-up that features, among others, a professional board gamer, if you will, with Buckeye Games & Flight.

Grant said the 2018 library expansion, that included a new meeting room, has opened the door to all sorts of extra programs – like the aforementioned ones, and even a culinary series (complete with actual cooking) that was put on earlier in the year and monthly local music acoustic jam sessions.