Extension and Outreach Dept. welcomes a new manager

Part of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s mission is to meet the needs of all who live, work or go to school in Seneca County. This includes providing services to those individuals in the community who cannot physically visit the library.

The role of the Extension and Outreach Manager at T-SPL allows the opportunity to meet many unique individuals with all kinds of personalities, interests and situations. Hearing the experiences of the residents who live in the local nursing homes and homebound individuals, from mundane everyday living to the sometimes first-hand accounts of major historical events, is a privilege.

Likewise, the enthusiasm of elementary students when they receive a delivery in their classrooms of T-SPL books is contagious. The Extension and Outreach manager has the honor of gathering materials to individuals on every topic imaginable.

Emily Rinaman, who had been T-SPL’s Extension and Outreach manager since April 12, 2015, has transitioned to her new title of technical services librarian, effective July 1. Beth Gottfried is the new Extension and Outreach manager.

Gottfried, who has been working part time in the Circulation Department at T-SPL for six months, is looking forward to continuing T-SPL’s valuable service of delivering library materials to homebound patrons, area nursing homes, senior living facilities, schools and day care centers. She also looks forward to providing fun and interactive programming at area nursing homes and senior living facilities.

Gottfried has more than 12 years of experience working in libraries. As a circulation assistant she has enjoyed meeting patrons and helping them find the materials they need. Her favorite part has been seeing the smiling faces of the children who come to the library to enjoy books, movies, programs and toys.

Prior to coming to Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, she worked in the Marketing Department at Wayne County Public Library in Wooster for more than nine years, and in the Children’s Department for two years. She has a background in education, with a visual arts specialty.

This month, Rinaman and Gottfried will work in tandem to deliver a themed program at 12 nursing homes and senior living facilities in Seneca County. July’s program will focus on the national federal campaign that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Residents will be making poppies that will be sent to the Ohio History Connection in Columbus and added to other statewide contributions for a special display this fall.

If you are interested in homebound delivery, are a teacher who would like materials delivered to the classroom, or have another need the Extension and Outreach Department can meet, contact Beth Gottfried at (419) 447-3751 or gottfrbe@tiffinsenecalibrary.org.