For Bryan Howard, his love of the library started with his love for golf.
As a young kid in 1997, Howard would ride his bike to the London Public Library to read as much about his golf icon, Tiger Woods, as he could.
“I just loved to read,” he said.
A London native, Howard spent so much time in the library that he was offered a job restocking books at the age of 15.
Now, 20 years later, he’s been offered a different job — that of library director.
More than 20 people applied for the position following the December resignation of former director Mike Hensel, according to interim director and current fiscal officer Rebecca Stickel.
In the end, the choice came down to management style, experience with budgets and funding, community involvement and vision.
“We are just so happy to have him,” Stickel said of Howard.
Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Capital University in 2004 and went on to gain his master’s degree in library science from Kent State University in 2010, working at the London Public Library the whole time.
In October 2015, he was hired as the director for New Carlisle Public Library.
“New Carlisle was a wonderful community that welcomed me with open arms. I enjoyed every moment there,” Howard said.
As director in London, Howard hopes to expand programming, build a presence outside of the building by collaborating with groups and businesses, bring in new technology and continue to run a friendly and welcoming space for patrons to flock to.
“The librarians become your friends… everyone has their favorite librarian they like to go to. Those kind of personal connections are vital in a small town library,” Howard said.
Looking forward to his first day on the job, March 1, Howard described the position as his “opportunity to come home.”
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