Ohio Library News May 2023
Lorain Public Library System is set to open its Little Library on the Lake on June 3. In addition to loaning items, the Little Library on the Lake provides free WiFi access to a range of about 100 to 150 yards depending on the device type.
The new Friends Programming Pavilion at the Westlake Porter Public Library will host outdoor library programs and it can be reserved by the public, too.
Libraries have changed the way they serve their communities since the pandemic. The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com explores the rise in e-books, audiobooks, video streaming and online programs at public libraries.
North Canton Public Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition that dives into the science behind the books of the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Many of Ohio’s public libraries partner with local food banks to provide free lunches and after-school snacks to children, but MidPointe Library System is hosting a weekly lunch program for seniors at several branches.
Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Housing Court have opened a new neighborhood kiosk location on the city’s Eastside. The kiosk is for Clevelanders who can’t make it downtown for their Housing Court hearing.
Listen to an audiobook while you walk the track. Mansfield Richland County Public Library has installed a vending machine library at the Mansfield YMCA.
Muskingum County Library System held its annual Family Reading Festival on May 13.
The “Library of Things” at the Akron-Summit County Public Library continues to grow. The library created a top 25 list of items you can borrow for summer fun!
Wauseon Public Library has added a dedicated space for teens. The library is also offering a new program, 100 Books Before Graduation, for students in grades 7-12.
Dover Public Library has partnered with local businesses for the Canal Town Book Festival which will be held next weekend.
Medina County District Library is supporting Project: LEARN of Medina County and Davis Tree Farm & Nursery by hosting ESOL classes every Saturday at the Buckeye Library.
Prom isn’t just for high schoolers anymore! Stark Library hosted a Tiny Tots Prom at its Jackson Community Branch.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library has teamed up with the Heights Suburban Collaborative and The Centers to have a social worker available at the Lee Road Branch every Friday.
Jackson City Library hosted an informational event for at-risk veterans, which included education on suicide risk and prevention as well as assistance with obtaining benefits.
Huron County Community Library is hosting Pinterest Monday Workshops for adults.
Toledo Lucas County Public Library has launched an online Civic Center to promote stronger civic engagement.
A decade ago, Athens County Public Libraries started the first bike-lending library program in Ohio. Now Book-a-Bike programs are available at libraries all over the state. They help fill a growing need for additional transportation options and allow more people to take advantage of the mental and physical health benefits of bike riding.
Dayton Metro Library is one of 50 U.S. academic and public libraries selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibit will be at the Main Library from May 18 – June 21, with guided tours on select days.
Cuyahoga Falls Library has partnered with Aunt Flow to provide free menstrual products in its restrooms.
Meigs County District Public Library has 5 new library card designs.
Ashland Public Library (APL) hosted first graders from Edison Elementary. The students learned how to use their library detective skills to find books and all earned their APL Library Detective Badge.
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is hosting the Financial Empowerment Mobile.
More than 200 people attended the grand opening of Westlake Porter Public Library‘s new Makerspace and Book Nook.
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library‘s Tech Days offer personalized help with your phone, tablet, or eReader.
Ashtabula County District Library is hosting Coffee + Conversation, a monthly adult meeting group that discusses current events and topics of interest.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library teamed up with the Cleveland Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Dementia Friends Ohio, the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Dementia Friendly Ohio and ESOP (Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People) to offer a week of programs addressing the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia conditions.
The Gahanna Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library welcomed 20 special students from Lincoln High School. From exploring the branch, scavenger hunts, and reading aloud, the group had a great time.
Marion Public Library hosted a Well Balanced Meals for Life program.
Cuyahoga County Public Library has 10 different StoryWalk® locations that build children’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy activity.
Euclid Public Library offers an afternoon craft program for seniors.
Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library is offering a free, two-hour Pickleball class. The library also hosted a special Storytime with the Gallia Academy High School Track & Field athletes.
Centerburg Public Library hosted three PJ & Bubble Party storytimes this week.
The new Discovery Pass Program at the Clark County Public Library gives families free access to local cultural and educational sites.
Sandusky Library teamed up with Legal Aid of Western Ohio for a program about avoiding scams and creating wills. The library is also hosting a legal series for seniors this summer.
This little guy is planning his summer with the Grandview Heights Public Library.