A series of short speeches
were presented by Library Director/Fiscal Officer Jason
Kucsma; Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur; Christa Luttman
(representative for Gov. DeWine); State Sen. Teresa Fedor;
Lucas County Commissioners Gary Byers and Tina Skeldon
Wozniak; Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, Council Members Yvonne
Harper, Tyrone Riley and Larry Sykes and TPS Superintendent
Romules Durant, EdD.
The remodeled main library
with its architectural updates and added 21st
century resources was the vision of long-time director,
Clyde Scoles, who died on February 15, 2019, months before
his planned retirement and while the renovation of the main
branch and the construction of the new Mott Branch Library
were well underway.
The Mott Branch opened
earlier this summer in June.
Scoles was deeply invested
in the future of library architecture, es reflected in the
design for both Mott and the main branch. He was one of six
people to judge entries in an annual library design
competition and, in recent years, joined representatives
from several architectural firms, the University of
Portland, and the Los Angeles Public Library System on the
jury appointed by the American Institute of Architects and
the American Library Association. The jury reviewed 81
library projects built both in the United States and foreign
countries during 2014 as candidates for the 2015 AIA/ALA
Library Building Award Program.
The speakers paid tribute
to Scoles’ leadership and contributions to the library
system over the years. In addition, two days before the
re-opening ceremony, a section of Michigan Avenue in front
of the Main Branch was renamed for Scoles.