To Jennifer Fisher, the community library is so much more than a place where you can borrow books, DVDs, magazines and CDs.
“I love libraries. I really believe in them,” said Fisher, who was sworn in as a Rocky River Public Library trustee July 31. “I believe in them as the heart of the community. I believe in them as a way to bring people together in addition to being a storehouse of information. I’m at the library at least twice a week and sometimes more.”
Fisher will serve a seven-year term. She replaces Jean McQuillan. who served on the board for 18 years, including two terms as board president. The seven trustees are volunteers who are appointed by the Rocky River school board.
“Jenny understands the very important role that a library plays in a community,” board president Cynthia Schafer said in a news release. “She impressed the school board interviewers and me with her compassion, curiosity and loyal commitment to whatever she chooses to do.”
Fisher graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea and earned a Master of Arts in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, D.C.
She participated in study abroad programs for 10 years at Penn State and Arizona State, where she worked with faculty, students and international partners and developed programs that focused on community issues.
Continuing her work with communities was a no-brainer when she and her husband and three children moved to Rocky River four years ago, she said. She is a family coach for the West Side Catholic Center.
Fisher plans to listen to the community while working to improve the library’s community-based programs. However, she believes what will help her the most in her new position is that she’s a mother.
“I’m really proud to bring the experience of a parent of young children,” Fisher said. “I really think that that voice is important to be able to talk about (children’s programs) as well as the library’s traditional programs.”
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