Libraries have adapted services during the pandemic, but they still hold true to their mission. Orrville Public Library, Wayne County Public Library, Holmes County District Public Library, and Ashland Public Library describe how the pandemic spurred growth in digital downloads.
Columbus Metropolitan Library is offering a contactless checkout experience while you browse the shelves. The new cloudLibrary app lets you check out items with your smartphone.
Hitching a ride to Mars! Girard Free Library was able to get a microchip onto NASA’s Perseverance rover.
Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library’s new Virtual Book Buddies program help kids in first through third grades build literacy skills.
The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County added pick-up lockers and a new vending machine for library materials.
Tuscarawas County Public Library System has teamed up with the Salvation Army to provide a Little Free Pantry at the Main Library in New Philadelphia.
Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library has teamed up with The Health Collaborative and UC Health to offer free COVID-19 testing.
Westlake Porter Public Library‘s new “Read It Make It” program matches books with crafts.
Local start-up Recipe Re-Mix Ohio partnered with the Cuyahoga County Public Library to help bring new flavor into the lives of local seniors.
Galion Public Library has added board and card games to its collection.
Spring is right around the corner and the Jackson City Library is encouraging patrons to head outside with the library’s nature backpack.
MidPointe Library System installed a new storywalk at Fort Liberty Playland in Liberty Township.
Worthington Libraries is hosting a free ACT course by Dr. Srinath Sampath.
Mary L. Cook Public Library is offering take-home STEM kits for K-5 students.
The new Toy Library at the Hubbard Public Library provides at-home, hands-on learning that’s fun for kids.
Westerville Public Library has installed hydroponic gardening stations and will host educational events.
North Canton Public Library has its own version of March Madness.
The Lane Libraries‘ Oxford Lane Library has launched a set of Conscious Child Family Book Discussion Kits for parents and caregivers. These themed kits celebrate diverse voices and are designed to help facilitate family discussions about racial equity, identity, and justice.
Dayton Metro Library hosts one of the largest collections on women’s suffrage in the country.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County dressed a mannequin in discarded book pages featuring famous women throughout history.
Toledo Lucas County Public Library has teamed up with the City of Toledo, Lucas County, and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Dept. to help people sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the library.
Dover Public Library is laminating COVID-19 vaccine cards for patrons.
Washington-Centerville Public Library is helping patrons see the impacts of a changing climate through art.
Mentor Public Library is loaning telescopes and binoculars.
Athens County Public Libraries loaded up their new bookmobile!
“Read Across America Day” became Read Across the Parking Lot! Perry County District Library held a Drive-Thru Family Night.
Bucyrus Public Library is taking its “Music, Movement and More” class to local preschoolers.
Kingsville Public Library received funding to enhance its existing backyard gardens by adding educational materials, such as signs focused on plant identification, a chalkboard for artistic exploration, a rain wheel, and maps of natural areas.
Tipp City Public Library is loaning parking cones so new drivers can practice for the maneuverability exam.
St. Clairsville Public Library is scheduling in-person storytimes by appointment.
This week we marked the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic. There is no question that this has been a difficult and challenging time, but as we have proven time and time again, Ohio’s public libraries are adaptable, strong and resilient!