New Website Coming Soon!

Posted on Monday 5 January 2009

With a new year comes a new website for the Westerville Public Library.

During these hard economic times, we realize that the library is more important than ever. You may need help with a job search. You may be looking for ways to improve your business. Or you may simply be interested in saving money by borrowing books, movies & music, rather than buying them.

We have redesigned our website with these needs in mind!

Some of our new features will include:

Here’s a preview of what’s in store. Let us know what you think!

tamara @ 1:01 pm
Filed under: General Topics
Gift Guide 2008

Posted on Wednesday 3 December 2008

Have you been searching for the perfect gift for the holidays?

Do you want to “test drive” some books before you commit to one?

Take a look at our staff suggestions for books that would make great gifts! For tomboys to twenty-somethings, there’s something on the list for everyone!

(Image courtesy of Flickr.)

Also remember our Friends of the Library Gift Shoppe. They have great gifts at great prices with something for everyone on your holiday list!

All of us at the library wish you and your family a great and safe holiday season!

tamara @ 5:47 pm
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A Convenient Place to Give

Posted on Wednesday 19 November 2008

As a way of providing an easy means of donating needed items, the Library is hosting three seasonal opportunities for you to share with others.

The Holiday Giving Tree and the Give-A-Book donation box are set up through December 11 in Youth Services where children and adults are hanging newly purchased hats, mittens and scarves on the tree and depositing new or gently used books for children and teens. These items will be forwarded to Westerville Caring & Sharing, a volunteer non-profit group, for distribution to needy families in the district.

Also, beginning December 5, windows near the busy Library entrance will be painted as part of the Westerville Uptown Holiday Window food drive. Each non-perishable food item placed in the receptacle near the entrance counts as a “vote” for the Library’s window. The food items will be turned over to Westerville Area Resource Ministry, WARM, whose food pantry serves area residents. Last year the Uptown drive resulted in 737 pounds of food!

tamara @ 7:18 pm
Filed under: Events
Madeleine Albright Speaks at the Library

Posted on Wednesday 1 October 2008

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 next non-profit event or meeting? Reserve one now!

tamara @ 3:22 pm
Filed under: General Topics andServices
Vote 2008

Posted on Tuesday 16 September 2008

The November election is right around the corner and we want you to be prepared!

Take a look at our list of links for information on voter registration, polling locations, and local candidates and issues. Or take a look at the latest election news.

What about your elected officials? Find out more about the U.S. Senators and Representatives, or find out more about the Ohio Senators and Representatives.

Interested in reading up on the election process or learning about some of the hot campaign issues? Check out these books on the topic.

Not old enough to vote? There’s still a lot to learn about the election process! Check out these links to get an idea of how it all works. Or check out these books on the topic.

Important Dates to Remember

Voter Registration Application Deadline: When registering to vote or changing your address, your application (mailed to your county’s Board of Elections or to the Secretary of State’s office) must be postmarked no later than October 6th.

Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by your county’s Board of Elections by noon on November 1st.

Absentee Ballot Deadline: Absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3rd (if mailed), and must be received by your county’s Board of Elections by November 14th.

Election Day: Election day is Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Don’t forget to take a valid ID to the voting booth!

tamara @ 2:30 pm
Filed under: General Topics

Posted on Tuesday 16 September 2008

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 eMusic, or even our free phone booths (for local calls only.)

At the library, you can even get expert advice for free! Why not attend one of our many events hosted by experts in their field, including Saving for College, A Reading by Westerville Poets, A Painting Workshop with Donna Dewberry, or Ghost Ballads.

When I feel that shopaholic urge threatening to derail my investment plans, I go to the library with cloth book bags and borrow 30 books at one time. I exit the building feeling like the wealthiest woman in the world, says Kimber Chin, guest blogger on My Open Wallet

Take it from a shopaholic, the library is good for your wallet!

We look forward to your visit!


Don W. Barlow

Executive Director

tamara @ 2:29 pm
Filed under: General Topics andServices
Going Green @ the Library

Posted on Friday 22 August 2008

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, they also pose a major threat to the environment. With over 100 billion plastic bags being used and discarded in the United States every year, the effect on the environment is undeniable.

Here are some facts:

  • In the United States, about 12 million barrels of oil and 14 million trees go to producing plastic and paper bags each year.
  • It can take a plastic bag up to 1,000 years to decompose.
  • China, Ireland, Uganda, San Francisco, and parts of Australia have already banned plastic bag production and/or distribution.
  • Plastic bags pose a threat to marine and wildlife, clogging sewers, entangling birds, and getting swallowed by whales and other wildlife.

Here at the Westerville Public Library, we take our role as community leader and steward of the environment seriously. Our previous green efforts have included implementing paper recycling, offering cell phone & printer cartridge recycling to patrons, switching to environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, and installing energy efficient light bulbs.

For more information on going green, check out these resources!

Please note: We will not be accepting donations of plastic bags for reuse or recycling. But feel free to BYOB: Bring your own bag!

Thank you for helping us make a difference in our environment!

Don W. Barlow/Executive Director

tamara @ 2:19 pm
Filed under: General Topics andServices
New Somali Language Materials

Posted on Monday 4 August 2008

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.

English-Somali kids book

According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch this year, “Franklin County’s immigrant population grew 158 percent between 1990 and 2004…A large portion of that population is made up of Somalis and Latinos.”

Check out our complete list of titles and reserve one today! While you’re at it, take a look at our Spanish Language books and media collection.

tamara @ 6:36 pm
Filed under: General Topics andServices
Let the Games Begin!

Posted on Wednesday 23 July 2008

The Summer Olympics kick off in Beijing on August 8th. To celebrate, check out the following resources. Or come in to the library to play Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games on the Wii!


Visit the Official Website of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games for information on the competition schedule, an overview of the sports categories, and fun goodies like wallpaper and top news stories.

The Official Website of the Olympic Movement provides information on all of the past Olympic Games, including portraits of the athletes, video highlights, and mascots.

Visit the New York Times’ Olympics 2008 portal for all of the latest Olympics news.


DK Eyewitness: Olympics by Chris Oxlade

The Olympic Games : Athens 1896 – Athens 2004 by DK Publishing

Frommer’s Beijing: Day by Day

History of the Olympics (audiobook) by John Goodbody

Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull

Off the Deep End: The Probably Insane Idea that I Could Swim My Way Through a Midlife Crisis – and Qualify for the Olympics by W. Hodding Carter

Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics by Sue Macy

tamara @ 5:53 pm
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What do Egypt, cloning & peer pressure have in common?

Posted on Friday 11 July 2008

They are all topics covered by our new Online Collections!

Dolly sheepInterested in the pros and cons of cloning? Try Issues and Controversies, which covers the different viewpoints for current issues.

Want to learn another language? Try Mango Languages, which offers easy tutorials for learning 12 different languages.

peer pressureNeed answers to those burning questions such as how to deal with peer pressure? Check out Teen Health and Wellness, which covers all topics relating to the physical and mental health of teenagers.

Looking for a diagram of the human digestive system? Look no further than Science Online, which covers major topics in science and technology.

Egypt's pyramidsWant to know Egypt’s national anthem? Try CultureGrams, provides information on the countries of the world, as well as the 50 states.

tamara @ 7:54 pm
Filed under: General Topics
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