XENIA — Former Fairborn mayor Joan Dautel is joining the Greene County Public Library Board of Trustees. She was sworn in Thursday by Common Pleas Judge Michael Buckwalter.
Dautel replaces board member Lynn Wolaver who is retiring for health reasons. Wolaver was the Fairborn representative.
“Lynn called and asked me if I would be interested. I said absolutely,” said Dautel. “I’m an avid reader and, as a teacher, I saw the importance of reading and the libraries. I also see this as an opportunity to give Fairborn continued representation on a county board.”
The Greene County Public Library system operates branches in Xenia, Fairborn, Yellow Springs, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Jamestown and Cedarville, along with the bookmobile. According to Dautel, 62 percent of all Greene County residents are library card holders and have check out an average of 3.3 million items per year.
“From what I’ve read, the Greene County library system is constantly rated in the top 10 in the United States,” Dautel said. “A survey from July 2013 shows that the libraries have a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating.”
Dautel said she is looking forward to learning more about the library services and helping spread the word about programs and activities.
“The program that has really caught our eye is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. I learned at a conference last week that there are 2,800 kids already enrolled in the Greene County program,” she said.