Campana served on the LPLS Board of Trustees since January
1998. He began his service by filling an unexpired term, and
then serving two full terms. During his time, he took on
several leadership roles including president, vice president and
He has met with state-elected officials and advocated for stable
funding for public libraries. “My hope is that Lorain Public
Library System will continue to grow. I’d like to see the state
provide more funding to the library so it can do even more,”
During his service, Campana helped secure the relocation of the
South Lorain Branch and the North Ridgeville Branch into new,
larger buildings, and a major renovation of the Columbia
Branch. He calls these expansions some of the greatest LPLS
accomplishments he was able to experience.
Another library milestone was reached when Campana became
involved with implementing the Friends of the Lorain Public
Library, Inc. that supports the Main Library in downtown
Lorain, the South Lorain Branch and the Bookmobile. He helped
the Lorain Friends with its charter, its tax-exempt status and
He said the Friends of the Library is a good way to
attract new people to the library. Through its many book sales,
the Lorain Friends are able to raise funds for many library
programs. Friends even advocate for state library funding and
participate in local library levy campaigns.
Over the past two decades, Campana has seen just how much the
library can do and how much it can evolve. He’s seen the
transition to automated services with the introduction of
computers in the early ‘90s. He also witnessed the Library
System join CLEVNET, another revolutionary move that allowed
LPLS to provide more for its patrons.
Campana may be stepping down from the library board, but he will
remain involved with LPLS.
Currently the treasurer of the Lorain Library Levy Committee and
treasurer of the Friends of the Lorain Public Library, Inc.,
Campana said he would continue these two roles. He proudly notes
that LPLS has evolved to provide so much more than books. It has
excellent free resources and programming in education,
technology and entertainment for children, teens and adults.
“(LPLS) provides so many opportunities. It has something for
everyone,” Campana said.
Campana said LPLS remains strong because of the overwhelming
community support it has received throughout the years, its
ability to adapt to changes, and its superior staff. “I think
the reason (LPLS) is so successful is because it has a good
management and library staff who are efficient and dedicated.
They take pride in their work,” Campana said.
As for being a library board member, Campana said, “It’s been an
opportunity to do something for the community.”