Community Voices - Kelly Molesky

Kelly Molesky photoHow have you interacted with the Dashboard?

Well, I work at the Oberlin Public Library, so it’s in my library. I turn it on every morning. I have also noticed over time how people will come in just to look at it, which is kind of cool. I think kids get a real kick out of the animation with the squirrel. I am also realizing that it is a great way to advertise the programs going on here. And yeah, it’s a cool tool.

And what words would you use to describe Oberlin?

Awesome! Oberlin is awesome; it’s such a great town, there are so many things to do, and it’s diverse. I have a 5 year old and I feel completely safe raising her here. I have also worked here for over 15 years and in town even before then. And now I have a house here. I just think it’s a great place to live and grow old.

And how did you come to move to Oberlin?

I actually grew up in a small town about ten miles from here in Wellington, Ohio. And this was my safe zone growing up to get away from Wellington where there isn’t much to do, not much diversity. I felt like I was understood here. Both my brothers and I would all come, my mom and dad would just drop us off here. I have done a lot of traveling in my life, but I have always ended up back here.

In what ways have you engaged with the Oberlin community?

I engage with the Oberlin community every day. At my job, at work--in the library--it’s a community center. But not only that. Living here, my neighbors, and my daughter has spent a few years in Kendal and now is in the public schools, so it is kind of crazy how you grow here, and your circles continue to grow and grow. And of course I have the community outlook from the library, but now I’m getting it from other places too: first it was Kendal, and now it’s the school. I also worked here in Oberlin before I started the library, waitressing at some of the restaurants in town. It’s just crazy as the years go by and your circle grows. I can't walk down the street without being stopped five times to have a conversation.

What words would you use to describe sustainability?

It means all-in-all a better life for my child. I think it is really important that we want to live in a world that when she is older, she will be able to thrive in it. I guess that is what it means to me the most. Making sure to take care of it now to sustain now so that our future and our children’s future. If it were to go, we would be in big trouble.

Are there ways that the library has been engaging in sustainability?

Oh yeah, we constantly recycle our paper. And we recycle everything. That includes people that walk in with cans and what have you. I try to recycle. I do a lot of art displays. I try to recycle everything I do from year to year. I think that all of us who work here try to reuse as much as we can. Not only for sustaining reasons, but also for our budget, it just makes sense that less is more.

Is there anything you would tell fellow oberlin community members regarding concern for the environment?

It’s a beautiful thing that needs to be protected. And I think we have a pretty great council that agrees with most of the opinions or attitudes that Oberlinians tend to have. In all honesty, I don't have any concerns about which direction Oberlin is going in. I think it is all headed in the right direction. I think some things need a little work. Obviously right now we don't have any recycling, but they are working on that. Money plays a role there, and you can only do what you can do, but I think we are headed in the right direction. I definitely don't see us going backwards.

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