A Library Timeline...

1899 Ovid’s first library, called the Ovid Free Library, was granted a provisional charter by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.

1905 The Ovid Free Library moved to the historic Mama Bear building, which housed it for sixty years.

1912 The library’s provisional charter was replaced with an absolute charter.

1948 Libbie Kinnan became assistant librarian in 1948 and worked for the library for the rest of her life (through 1961).

1961/62 Our current lovely building was built, and the library’s name was formally changed from Ovid Free Library to Edith B. Ford Memorial Library. Members of the Ovid-Willard Lions Club passed the books in bucket-brigade fashion from Mama Bear to the library’s new home. Hal & Roberta Morris became the librarians in 1961, and remained in that role through 1998.

1998 Eilene Moeri became the library director. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Masters in Library Science and her special interest is in young adult literature.

1999 The library was named the fourth-best small rural library in the U.S. by the American Library Association.

2007-2009 The Library is successful in raising over $300,000 in its “A Place for New Possibilities” Capital Campaign.

2009 Eilene Moeri lost her battle with liver cancer. She will be fondly remembered by the community for her welcoming smile and caring attitude.

2009 Shannon O’Connor became the Library Director. She has a Masters in Reading from Elmira College and specializes in youth educational programming.

2010 Ksana Dragovich became the librarian. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University at Buffalo.

2010 Rebekah Abbey became the library page and over the years of working with the Ford Library became the Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper in 2017.

2013 Cady Fontana became the librarian with a focus in children’s programming. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from SUNY Buffalo.

2014 Monica Wilkinson Kelly became our Archivist. She has a B.A. in Art/Art History from SUNY Buffalo State College and an M.A. in Museum Studies from F.I.T, State University of New York.

2016 We began fundraising for our $3.2 million dollar Growing with Our Community Capital Campaign.

2017 Luke Hodde became our IT Specialist. He has a B.A. in Communication Studies.

2017 Heather Dungey became the librarian. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a native from Auburn and moved back here after getting her degree.

2018 May – Groundbreaking ceremony commenced with local officials present for our Growing with Our Community building project.

2019 May – Ribbon cutting ceremony for our new building, which doubled the size of the library.