Centennial Stories

The library is celebrating its 100th anniversary and is collecting community memories of the library. Submit your stories and photos here. They will be compiled and posted here, displayed in the library, and published in a history book for the centennial celebration.

Tel us your stories about Fairport Harbor Public Library, the funny, the sweet, and everything in between – in any format – a paragraph, poem, artwork, or photographs … submit as many entries as you like.

FHPL circa 1950

8/16/2022 – From Jacquie Wolf – former FHPL children’s librarian

Fairport Harbor Residents, 

You are so fortunate to have a great library close to home.  Many of you probably walk to get what you’d like:  books, puzzles, cooking equipment, magazines, general information, and I could go on and on and on. 

The children’s area is very inviting.  I remember when I did children’s story times; it was such a pleasure.  The children were eager to listen, learn, and participate when invited.  I had a baby story time too then parents stayed and together we discovered appropriate books.  Summer times had a special reading program which invited the children to take part weekly. 

I value the time I spent at the Fairport Harbor Public Library and earlier time at McKinley Elementary.  Then as those students moved to the high school, I was glad to see them again.  I made many friendships – of all ages – in the community and of course the staff over the 17 years I worked there. 

The library has so much to offer and of course we too can get materials from other libraries as well!  Staff is so great at looking out for things they know we enjoy. 

When I worked at the library I always felt like I was part of a family.  To this day, Fairport is where we go “home” to get our books. 

Enjoy, with my husband and I, this exceptional facility you have with little or no expense to you.  Thanks from one who uses the library regularly in ALL seasons. 

2/11/2022 From Cheryl L. Rymer – former FHPL staff

I never thought my working career would end at the Fairport Harbor Public Library but that is exactly how life worked out and nothing could have made me happier. My previous corporate work experiences were a great fit for the range of duties found as a Circulation desk/Adult services position. I enjoyed many opportunities to work with the public beyond the mechanics of usual library service. Check outs/check ins arose daily along with answering inquiries to ordering materials to scheduling programs for the patrons to view and enjoy were part of my everyday work environment.

My greatest reward was the giving spirit expressed by my co-workers. Each one fully embodied the words “service” daily in every possible way. The patrons were unexpected stimulus with their questions and searches for information expanding my thinking and education daily. Our library is a valuable resource that should and will always be a Fairport Harbor mainstay for future years to come.

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