Inside a blue box on wooden shelves in his second-floor executive office of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s main branch, Jason Kucsma keeps a stack of Clamor magazines neatly secured in plastic sheet protectors.
He pulled out an issue from the summer of 2006 and had a moment of pause before chuckling.
“It’s made out to my parents,” he said with a smile. “My parents were subscribers.”
Mr. Kucsma, 45, is a busy man lately.
On Aug. 1, the library’s board of trustees appointed him as its next executive director and fiscal officer, a position he carried on an interim basis since Clyde Scoles, who had held the director title since 1985, unexpectedly passed away in February. Mr. Kucsma’s new salary is $190,000 and he oversees 20 library branches in Lucas County. He came back to Toledo in 2015, when Mr. Scoles hired him as his deputy director.
Mr. Kucsma is also the father of five-year-old twins, Aaron and Audrey, whom he and his wife Megan Plesea call “The Bright Stripes,” a nickname that sprouted from a picture of the children that resembles a band photo. He says between work and his family life, he doesn’t have much time for hobbies.
But every now and then, Mr. Kucsma — who admits he was a “bundle of anxiety” the past six months during the board’s library director search — takes time from his fast-paced life, opens up his blue box and shuffles through old issues of Clamor, a former bi-monthly left-wing independent magazine, which ran from late 1999 to 2006. Mr. Kucsma is tied to the magazine. He co-created it, after all.