David FitzSimmons, an English professor and professional photographer who, almost on a whim, self-published the first of two picture books and is preparing to release a third one in April, has been so successful that he has resigned from his day job. He left his position in the English department at Ashland University, found a distributor, and is expanding to publish nature-themed picture books by more authors under his new publishing company, Wild Iris Publishing, based in Bellville, Ohio.

Library branches offer variety of adult programs Sign up by calling 419-886-3811. Check out this story on mansfieldnewsjournal.com: http://ohne.ws/1C9Ytfc Chris McQuillen, Ohio Bluebird Society member, will be at the Bellville branch on Monday, March 16, to discuss how to attract bluebirds.

Sit, stay and read at the library Therapy dog rogram for children Check out this story on mansfieldnewsjournal.com: http://ohne.ws/1BqtivJ The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library's popular program, "Sit, Stay & Read!" is being offered again at the Bellville, Lexington and Ontario branches. Otis, a yearly-certified dog by Therapy Dogs International, will be at the Bellville branch on Monday, Mar. 9, at 3 p.m. and at the Lexington branch on Monday, March 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. Dover will be at the Ontario branch on Thursday, March 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. Children in grades 1-6 can improve their reading skills by reading one of their favorite stories to the dogs.

The Damascus United Methodist Church at 300 Valley Road, Damascus, will present The Colonial City Quartet in concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. The public is invited for an evening of inspiration and renewal through music and song. This group combines the four-part harmony of traditional southern gospel with a progressive sound that appeals to today's audiences.