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When will the Library Re-Open?
Our Library to Go Drive-up/Walk-up holds pick-up service starts on June 1st at our Main Library, by appointment only, and will expand to other locations over the following weeks. Our buildings are closed to the public at this time. We will be re-starting services gradually to keep staff and patrons as safe as possible. Click here to read about Library to Go.
Why aren't you opening sooner?
We are following guidance from the State of Ohio and our state and local Health Departments. We are working on cleaning protocols and safety procedures to make sure we have the necessary equipment and cleaning supplies, and are able to provide our services with adequate social distancing.
When can I return my materials?
Please do not return any materials to the library or book drops during this time.
Due dates of any materials that are checked out, including SearchOhio and OhioLink items, are extended until we reopen - fine free, as always.
We will announce dates for returning materials as we are able.
SPECIAL DROP OFF DAY: Saturday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Lake Community Branch!
Once materials are returned, they will be quarantined before being handled by staff or patrons.
I've returned library materials but they are still showing up on my account. Why?
Because we are quarantining materials for 72 hours after they are returned, items will still show on your account during that time. Don't worry - we have extended due dates on all materials, and there will be no late fees associated with these materials.
Can I still request items to be put on hold?
When will I be able to pick up my requested items?
When your order is available, you will receive notification with information for how to pick up your items.
Will you quarantine materials?
Yes. Based upon guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control we will be quarantining all returned materials for 72 hours.
Can I still borrow digital materials?
Yes! Our online services are always available for cardholders, including our collection of digital materials such as eBooks, eMagazines, downloadable audiobooks, and streaming movies, music, and television shows. We also have online learning tools like Lynda.com, Mango Languages, Creativebug, and many more.
When will programs start again?
We are currently focusing on providing virtual programs. Ongoing virtual programs include the following:
Early Learners and Children:
Story Time – Facebook Live events suitable for babies through preschool age will take place weekly on Thursdays, at 11am
Story Time – Facebook events suitable for families will take place weekly on Wednesdays, at 6:30 pm.
Fresh Picks – LIVE – attendees can join this Facebook Live event the first three Tuesdays of the month, at 7 pm, and get real-time reading recommendations.
Book Club – Monthly event will take place the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm
Tech/Maker events – weekly events will include things like quilt block of the month, sewing demos, digital collection live chats, and more.
All scheduled virtual programs can be found on our website and the programs will also be promoted on our Facebook page.
How do I register for a program?
Click here to register for programs.
When can I schedule a passport appointment?
We are not currently providing Passport services, and due to the Coronavirus, the Passport Offices of the State Dept. are currently very limited. If you are in a life or death situation, though, they may be able to assist you.
Can I get something notarized?
We are not currently providing Notary services, but will resume once our buildings re-open.
Can I reserve a meeting room?
For the time being, meeting rooms are not available. As we work through our re-opening plans, we will announce when meeting room reservations are available.
Free Wifi Access
We know that many in our community don’t have access to Wifi in their homes. That’s why we extended the Wifi in all our locations into the parking lots. The Wifi is on 24/7 for easy access for work, school, library, and health-related questions. We ask that users remain in their vehicles while accessing Wifi.
How do I get a new library card?
Your Library Card can give you immediate access to our entire online library. If you don't have one, you can apply for a Library Card online. Applicants must be residents of Ohio.
At Stark Library, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our patrons and staff.
That's why the Board of Trustees and Library leadership made the decision to close all branches and services until further notice. We will continue to reassess the closure and use current information from health officials to determine the safest date to reopen.
The Library continues to provide online services to patrons, and to promote these services regularly.
The Library Board of Trustees approved a plan to temporarily reduce personnel and project costs during the COVID-19 Crisis.
During this crisis, which the World Health Organization has determined is a pandemic, we will continue to be in close communication with state and local health officials as well as other Ohio libraries.Why we have made this decision:
- In response to directives and strong indications from Governor DeWine and the Ohio Director of Health, Amy Acton, MD that aggressive early social distancing can stop COVID-19 from exponentially spreading.
- The scientific community agrees that minimizing new cases is essential to containing the virus’s spread.
- The accelerated growth of the virus in areas without aggressive containment is a sobering lesson in taking early action.
- It is consistent with the governor’s guidance.
We came to the conclusion that this closing is inevitable, and the longer we delay closing, the less benefit we get from this difficult decision.