June CEO Blog

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt  

As I write this, I feel a true sense of gratitude and hope. It is a time to say goodbye to another school year and the season of graduations, but also a time to be inspired by the resilience and dreams of our young people. Social media timelines adorned with smiling graduates, moving commencement speeches, and ambitious plans for the next chapter in their lives remind me that our future is in good hands. I am especially thankful for the educators, administrators, supportive families, and organizations that have fostered and supported our young people over their journey to adulthood. It no doubt takes a village, and our village is strong and caring. 

While the school year has ended, we know learning does not disappear when the last bell rings. Our community abounds with summer learning opportunities, many of which are supported by our Community Foundation through the community’s generosity and commitment to our children. Throughout Lorain County, we are fortunate to have 8 library systems offering summer reading programs that are enriching and fun for readers of all ages. These summer programs have proven to help students avoid the “summer slide,” where reading and other academic skills can regress when school is not in session. Access to books, fun programming, and creative community spaces are just a few reasons our libraries are special assets. When I think of the power of our libraries, I am reminded of a quote by Eric Klineberg, author of Palaces for the People: “You have it in you already. You just sort of need to be exposed to these things and provide yourself an education. The library assumes the best out of people. The services it provides are founded upon the assumption that if given the chance, people will improve themselves. 

There is a full listing of summer library programs in this newsletter, so be sure to check them out and share them with the young readers in your life. And if you share a love of libraries, you can also support our local libraries by donating to their endowment here.  

Without a doubt, the excitement and appreciation of our young people and educators, including National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell, were on full display when we hosted the community at our annual meeting on Wednesday, June 15th. Thank you for joining us to celebrate the generous commitment of the people of Lorain County to educating and supporting our young people. Stay tuned for a full recap and photos of this extraordinary day. 

Whether it is at the library picking up a summer novel, getting out on the trails in our Metroparks, or enjoying the company of friends at a local business, I look forward to seeing you out and about this summer.  

Be well,