Libraries have always embraced technology. Now they’re inspiring even more Ohioans – and entrepreneurs – with makerspaces like these at Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library and Madison Public Library.
The Madisonville Branch MakerSpace at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library includes a recording booth, fiber arts studio, vinyl printer, and VR gaming.
The new makerspace at the Westlake Porter Public Library opened on March 1.
The new Maker Lab at the Troy-Miami County Public Library will open on April 17.
Lorain Public Library System is hosting Family Engineering Nights this spring. School-age children enjoy a fun, friendly engineering competition that challenges their STEM skills.
Perry Cook Memorial Library, Cardington-Lincoln Public Library, Selover Public Library and Mount Gilead Public Library are hosting their own March Madness with books.
Public libraries are finding innovative ways to address food insecurity. The SAME Cafe at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library is a great example. Many of Ohio’s public libraries provide Summer Food Service Programs and after-school snacks so children don’t go hungry.
Ten Dayton Metro Library branches are serving as pantry partner locations for The Foodbank.
Medina County District Library is lending Memory Care Kits that are designed for anyone caring for an individual experiencing memory loss. Kits include a support book for caregivers, adult picture book, music CD and activities.
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library teamed up with students at the University of Findlay for a teen night.
Newborns at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center received a special surprise to commemorate the Columbus Metropolitan Library‘s 150th birthday.
The Tuscarawas County Public Library is looking to expand its books for newborns program.
Library trivia nights are gaining popularity across the state, like this one at the Dover Public Library.
Akron-Summit County Public Library is now lending laptops bundled with hotspots. The laptops are pre-loaded with Microsoft Office, Library apps, and other productivity software. Bundles are available at 19 locations, and the loan period is four weeks.
Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Ohio to provide a new collection of materials.
Tipp City Public Library is hosting its second annual Prom Dress Swap.
The DiscoveryWorks Energy Bike at the Avon Lake Public Library lets you see how mechanical energy is transformed into electrical energy.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is offering two new online tools to help customers sharpen their job-search skills and find jobs, with a special emphasis on veterans and adult learners.
Marion Public Library hosted a “Meet Your Teacher At The Library” night.
The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has partnered with Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties to offer a series of programs that help children develop the skills they need to succeed in the classroom.
Many of Ohio’s public libraries, like Huron County Community Library host evening storytimes.
Mentor Public Library hosts a Travel Club for kids where they discover a different country with food, crafts, and activities each month.
Stark Library is teaming up the Canton Symphony Orchestra this spring for magical and musical storytimes.
Washington-Centerville Public Library is partnering with the Centerville-Washington Park District for outdoor storytimes.
Williams County Public Library hosted a special event, “Challenging the Stigma” with the Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Need help with technology? Ohio’s public libraries, like the Mercer County District Library, offer one-on-one tech assistance.
Brown County Public Library is teaming up with The Cincy STEM Lab for a forensic science program for kids.
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library System is hosting a Family Book Day.
Cuyahoga Falls Library is partnering with Shelf Life for the 2nd Annual Local Lit Fest, an event celebrating local authors, writers, and readers.
You say it’s your birthday?! Or maybe not. Either way, Morley Library throws quite a party!