What’s happening at Carnegie Library?


By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director



September is “Library Card Sign-up” month. This is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Getting a library card is easy and free. Children ages 5 and up can get their first card with parent/guardian permission. Adults are invited to sign up for a library card, e-resource card (for online use only), or a teacher’s card, useful for educators borrowing multiple items. With the library’s membership in the SEO Library Consortium and the rich resources provided by the State Library of Ohio, the possibilities are limitless. New this September is Hoopla. Use Hoopla in addition to Libby for free, on-demand ebooks, and streaming audiobooks and videos.

Bog Girl Summer returns on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the library garden. Women and girls, ages 13 and over, are invited to join us for this opportunity to connect with other women, nature, and learn about pollinators. The day will feature presentations by Featherstone Apothecary, Katrina Bush, Thresholds, and complimentary beverages from Platform Coffee House. A $10 donation is suggested for the benefit of the Fayette County Farmer’s Market. Please call the library to register; space is limited. Donations may be made at the event.

On Sept. 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., join a Virtual Book Discussion with Sam Quinones, author of “The Least of ​Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth” and “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” This event is organized by Paint Valley ADAMH, and will feature the medical director of Community Partnerships, Adena Health System, John Gabis, MD, FAAFP, CPE. The watch party includes patrons from Carnegie Public Library, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library, Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County, Highland County District Library, and Pickaway County Library. Please call the library to RSVP.

The annual Scarecrow Book Sale runs Sept. 12-17, with all items priced 50 cents, and Saturday, Sept. 17 will be “Dollar a Bag” day. Proceeds will benefit the local AAUW chapter scholarship fund and the library’s general fund. Donations for the book sale may be dropped off beginning Sept. 1. Before making a donation, please see the library’s donation guidelines: www.cplwcho.org/content/book-donation-guidelines.

Sign up your little one for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) literacy program. This program provides an age appropriate book once a month for all children from birth to a child’s 5th birthday. If a child is registered at birth by their 5th birthday, the child would own 60 books in his or her personal library. You can register your child online at imaginationlibrary.com, or by picking up a paper application at the Carnegie Public Library, Help Me Grow, Fayette County Public Health, Pregnancy Life Center, Early Head Start, or United Way of Fayette County. The program is made possible thanks to a partnership with United Way of Fayette County and Carnegie Public Library. All books are free and you can register today.

24/7 Pick-Up Lockers, library book return, and our online resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information about all of our resources can be found on the library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @cplwcho.

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By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director