It’s National Bike Month and a great time to remind Ohioans about bike-share programs at public libraries around the state. Athens County Public Libraries was the first major U.S. public library to establish a bike-share program. The library recently unveiled its newest accessible Book-A-Bike addition designed by engineering students at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University and donated by the Athens County Knitters. This custom build ensures that a patron unable to operate a bike can still enjoy a ride with a person who can.
Outreach is a key component of our mission. Bookmobiles take library resources on the road to senior care communities, schools, and neighborhoods where residents may have difficulty finding the time or transportation to get to the library building. Mansfield/Richland County Public Library unveiled its new bookmobile this week.
Dayton Metro Library is offering fun activity kits that families can do at home. Plus, the library is offering online programming related to the theme of each kit.
The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County is offering Story Hour kits for children ages 2-6. Each kit includes books and a craft to make.
Perry County District Library, Athens County Public Libraries and Kate-Love Simpson Morgan County Library joined First Lady Fran DeWine and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Storybook Trail.
Many of Ohio’s public libraries are taking advantage of the warmer weather and holding their storytimes outside. Worthington Libraries will host outdoor family storytimes all summer long at its Northwest Branch.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library teamed up with Tiffin Parks and Recreation for a new storybook trail at Schekelhoff Park.
Pickaway County Library is loaning themed-based Book Bundles for kids.
Barnesville Elementary first-graders visited the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library to receive their first library cards.
Mentor Public Library is the latest library to offer patrons a way to host virtual meetings. Mentor’s Zoom Rooms are available to reserve between 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and allow up to 100 participants to meet digitally for up to 2 hours at a time.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library teamed up with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Pantry to provide free, fresh produce to anyone in need.
North Canton Public Library created a Tool Box library with traditional tools, technology tools, health tools, maker tools and more.
Medina County District Library partnered with OhioMeansJobs in Medina County to present a virtual program for jobseekers on how to “market” themselves to potential employers.
Wood County District Library has added a home movie kit to its collection. This kit includes a projector, a projector screen, and a speaker so you can watch movies and play video games on the big screen from the comfort of your home.
The Putnam County District Library hosted a virtual tech program on apps for seniors.
Tuscarawas County Public Library has created a pen-pal program to help spread a little cheer throughout the community.
Delaware County District Library is the latest library to introduce a Memory Care Collection to help those with memory loss and their caregivers.
The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library hosted vaccination events with the Cincinnati Health Department in library parking lots (and yes, Gov. Mike DeWine was there!).
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library partnered with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and Toledo Fire Department to offer mobile vaccination clinics at library locations.
Ohio’s public libraries garnered national attention for helping to distribute at-home COVID testing kits. Tests are now available at 365 public library locations across the state. Read “Ohio’s Strong Libraries Were Prepared To Step Up” in Library Journal.
Libraries have stepped up in amazing ways during the pandemic. Lorain Public Library System created this graphic to illustrate the library’s pandemic assistance options.
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is hosting Money Monday – a virtual event that will cover budgeting, credit cards, and the importance of good credit and paying off debt.
Hubbard Public Library is hosting a free ACT course for local high school students.
The VolunTeen program is back this summer at the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library.
We can’t let the month of May go by without a quick – May the 4th be with you!