Longtime Ada Public Library Director Jennifer Greenstreet will retire July 31. A reception will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, upstairs at the library.
Greenstreet served briefly as children’s librarian before advancing to director in 1986. She has served longer than any previous library directors.
During her tenure at the Ada Public Library, she implemented library automation and wrote grants to provide Internet access and library computers for patron use. With the aid of generous donations, she updated the circulation desk, added new casual seating in two areas of the library, purchased new shelving for the adult collection and renovated the north wing of the library, now known as the McKeel Center. New shelving and furniture were added to the children’s and young adult area.
Most recently, with a donation to Ada Library Friends, new blinds were added, as well as new carpeting.
She initiated the library’s widely circulated collection of videos, as well as audio books and e-books. She also began the library's popular used book sales.
With the help of a group of library patrons, Greenstreet founded Ada Library Friends, the organization that supports library programming. The group has added furnishings and equipment and a new book drop and assisted with the semi-annual book sales.
She has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Public Library Directors’ Council, the Sequoyah Children’s Book Committee, Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma, the Pontotoc Literacy Coalition, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
She is also a member of the Ada Sunrise Rotary Club, a service organization that raises funds for “Back to School Basics” supplies for children in the Ada area and polio vaccinations for children in Third World countries.
Greenstreet has played a major role in making the public library a vibrant intellectual and recreational center for the Ada community, providing a broad spectrum of books and media for a diverse population, free programming for all ages, and making the library a great place to pursue varied interests.
Submitted by Janet Lee, retired children’s librarian at the Ada Public Library.