Lunch with the League to feature St. Joseph County Public Library director

The League of Women Voters will host a Lunch with the League event this Friday at the Chocolate Café in downtown South Bend.

The speaker is Debra Futa, the director of the St. Joseph County Public Library. The event takes place from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on May 10.

The St. Joseph County Library is in the process of planning a significant renovation. Plans for the nearly $40 million project include overhauling the existing main library building on Main Street and building a new education center that will be connected to the library with classrooms and meeting rooms. A publicly-accessible courtyard is also planned.

During the Lunch with the League event, Futa will discuss the library project and current programming at the library. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. The event is free and open to the public.

According to a release from the League of Women Voters:

Futa grew up in North Liberty, graduated from North Liberty High School, then earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Manchester College. She later earned a master’s of library science degree at Indiana University Bloomington. Futa started working at the St. Joseph Public Library 1979 as a work-study employee, and in 1996 became the assistant director. In July of 2015, she became the director of the countywide library system; the first new director of the library district in 37 years and only the sixth director in the library’s 126-year history.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that “encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy thorough education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. The League never endorses a political party or candidates. With 800 affiliates across the county, the League is one of the nation’s most trusted organizations.”

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