(7-11-18) After 26 years of service, Library Board of Trustees Member Helen James retired from the Mercer County District Library Board. Mrs. James was appointed to the board on March 4, 1992 to fill the unexpired term of James Hone.

The Mercer County District Library is administered by a seven-member Board of Library Trustees – four appointed by the Mercer County Commissioners and three appointed by the Common Pleas Judge. The library board is made up of citizens from Celina, Mendon, Chickasaw, and St. Henry. Since a public library belongs to the entire community, boards of trustees have been created by law to act as the governing body of the library. Additionally, the board adopts and supports library policies. The board is also an advocacy group, supporting the library before the budget commission, the state legislature, civic and cultural organizations, and the public at large.

Carol Hone


Carol Hone was appointed to serve on the library board replacing James.

I was born and raised here in Celina, the third daughter of the late Joe and Ruth MacDonald. I married my high school sweetheart, Tom Hone, and graduated from Miami University. Tom and I returned to Celina in 1980; family is of utmost importance to us. Our proudest life-accomplishments are our three incredible children and two grandkids. I’m also proud of my 36 years in the classroom, teaching children to love themselves and to love learning. Since 2015, I’ve served enthusiastically as the executive director of the Mercer County Civic Foundation. Being asked to serve on the library board of directors has further ignited my love of anything literature or library-related. Through this position, I pledge to support, encourage, discover, and promote the uniqueness of our local library system. Replacing Mrs. Helen James, whom I’ve always held in great respect, heightens my enthusiasm, especially when I recently learned that she replaced the position of my late father-in-law, James Hone. The circle continues . . . It is an honor to join this remarkable board.