Archive for the 'Services' Category

Library Budget Cuts & the Future

Thank you for your emails, calls and letters to the Governor and state legislators! Your messages of support for your library helped convince Ohio elected officials to reject the massive cuts that had been proposed. The state budget that passed July 13 included additional cuts of $84.3 million to Ohio’s Public Library Fund over the [...]

Madeleine Albright Speaks at the Library

The meeting rooms at the Westerville Public Library are a popular site for a wide array of meetings and events. On Sept. 30, a women’s economic forum booked by the Ohio Campaign for Change featured Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State. Interested in booking a room for your [...]


With gas and food prices rising, and the housing markets falling, who wouldn’t be interested in something for free? Well, the library is all about offering things for free! So why not take advantage of our free wi-fi access, our free laptop loans (for in-library use), our free blockbuster DVD rentals, our free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and [...]

Going Green @ the Library

As part of our Going Green initiative here at the library, we will no longer be purchasing plastic bags for distribution. Until our supply of new bags runs out, we will be simultaneously offering new bags and the option of re-using a bag from a bin at the Circulation Desk. Though plastic bags are convenient, [...]

New Somali Language Materials

As a part of our mission to enrich the lives of community residents, we have developed a collection of Somali Language Materials (Waxyaabo Ku Qoran Luuqada Af-Soomaliga) that includes books and DVDs about Somali life and culture. According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch this year, “Franklin County’s immigrant population grew 158 percent between [...]

Wii in the Librarii?

Yes! The library has installed a Wii gaming system in our Gaming Room (part of our 2007 Media Services expansion project.) Find out what all the fun is about. Create a Mii and use the wiimote, nunchucks, or Wii wheel to play MarioKart, Wii Sports, Super Paper Mario, or Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, [...]

We plan to bug you ALL SUMMER!

Now is the time to Catch the Reading Bug and find out what all the buzz is about. If you’ve never joined the library’s Summer Reading Program, you’ve missed out on some great prizes. This year’s sponsors include Graeter’s Ice Cream, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Columbus Clippers, and our very own Friends of the Westerville Library, [...]

No Need to Come to the Library – We’ll Come to You!

Can’t find the time to come to the library? Don’t want to get out of your pjs? Check out our list of the top 10 things you can do without racking up fines. (Some services only accessible with a valid library card number.) 10. Read along to Diary of a Fly or Pirates Don’t Change [...]

Gaming in Our Library?

Why gaming in public libraries? Isn’t that just entertainment? No, gaming has tremendous potential for libraries to reach out to new users, offer new services, and help complement efforts in community building, information literacy, and other areas. Public libraries today are much more than just a warehouse for books providing study areas. Our public library [...]

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