What’s Happening in Ohio’s Public Libraries…
[UPDATE: Dec. 13, 2019]
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library hosted a regional Public Library Association symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice for public libraries.
Tipp City Public Library teamed up with Wright State University’s Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity to bring some holiday cheer to the residents of the Randall Residence. They sang songs, played instruments and visited as part of the Mills Music Mission.
Columbus Metropolitan Library patrons have done more than half a million searches of The Columbus Dispatch archives in the year since the library started offering searchable content of the newspaper from its first issue in 1871.
Westerville Public Library has teamed up with the Westerville City School District to offer after-school help for English language learners. English is a second language for 1,460 Westerville students (nearly 1 out of 10).
The Friends of the New Madison Public Library held a design contest for the library’s new logo.
Many of Ohio’s public libraries have coffee shops and cafes, but the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is considering adding a culinary literacy center with programming on nutrition and cooking.
Clark County Public Library held a Giant Candy Land game as part of downtown Springfield’s holiday event. More than 1,000 people stopped by to play the game and see the Candy Land characters brought to life!
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library also hosted a successful Candy Land game.
The Medina County District Library opened its new Virginia Wheeler Martin Family History and Learning Center which offers a local and family history collection, digital lab where visitors can convert home movies, slides and negatives to digital files, and a robust makerspace.
Wood County District Public Library hosted a Picture Book Showcase with students from Bowling Green State University. The students shared the picture books they wrote, illustrated, and designed which were inspired by the diversity on campus and in the local community.
The Crafting for a Cause program at Wayne County Public Library received the Community Action Award from New Life for Old Bags (NLOB) which is based in Chicago. NLOB encourages people to make sleeping mats for the homeless out of used plastic bags.
Santa took time out of his busy schedule to volunteer at the Westlake-Porter Public Library.