Borrow books and save money – LimaOhio.com

Lima – You work hard for your money.

The staff at Lima Public Library at 650 W. Market St. Helping you save some of that hard-earned money in today’s more expensive world. The library will extend its operating hours from September 6, giving the public more time to browse and borrow, rather than purchase, items such as books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.

The new opening hours for the Lima Library will be 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday.

When you check your materials, look at your due date slip. The library tells you how much money you saved by borrowing instead of buying. The account is updated with each item you check out.

Turn the page on COVID restrictions

The Lima Public Library and its branch locations closed their doors on March 20, 2020, due to COVID-19. Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency and a lockdown followed.

As an organization, the library has always followed the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Gary Fraser, executive director of the Lima Public Library, and the library is closed until June 22, 2020.

“A few weeks before we opened for limited hours, we only had roadside service,” Fraser said.

Since then it has reopened until September 6 of this year when the library extends its opening hours, the library has been operating limited hours. Although resuming extended library hours was considered sooner, Fraser said concern for staff and the public and the risk of many types of virus kept the library on restricted hours.

“It looks like this summer we’re starting to see more people returning to the library. It’s probably because people are accepting COVID as a part of life. But with more traffic and more demand, it’s time to extend library hours.

The main branch in Lima will see a 30 percent increase in opening hours, while branch libraries will see a 57 percent increase.

“We want the library to be used by the public,” Fraser said.

Many reasons to visit the library

You don’t have to be a book lover or a book lover to benefit from a visit to the Lima Public Library.

Many library-goers will appreciate having the library open for extra hours as it will allow them more time to browse through the huge collection of books and magazines or read books and magazines. But the library offers more than books.

Kenny Smith, of Columbus Grove, has noticed an increase in his visits to the Lima Public Library in the past year.

“I visit at least twice a week. I combine my library visits with other things I need to do in the city. I usually look at all the newspapers. Sometimes I get the computers. I have one at home, but there seems to be less,” Smith said. A distraction here.”

Some people stop by the library to see the latest music and movie shows. Others come because they can study better in the relaxed and calm atmosphere that the library provides.

“I meet people here,” said Olivia Dipalma, from Lima. “The long hours are great for me because some of them don’t leave work until four or five.

“I also used to come here all the time in college. It was a great place to study, especially the quiet area,” De Palma said.

Unknown treasures waiting to be found

Among the underutilized resources the library provides, meeting rooms top the list, Fraser said. He said the use of the meeting room is free, but the room must be booked.

Other treasures to check out and enjoy include board games, selfie sticks, a telescope and a sewing machine.

The library’s funding comes from the state, Fraser said, and the library has continued to grow its collection of books and materials.

“We don’t get local tax or taxes that go to the library, but getting money from the state means we haven’t been affected by our ability to afford new materials despite the high costs of everything. We try to grow our collection every year,” he said.

The biggest challenge in providing the public with new and existing books and other items has been delays in the supply chain.

“The stuff takes longer to get here and sometimes we don’t get many copies of things,” Fraser said.

Planning for the future

Fraser said the change expected in the near future includes an increase in personalized programs for both youth and adults.

“During COVID, programming has been greatly reduced,” Fraser said. “There were no in-person activities. But now, with more hours, employees will offer more programs where people can participate themselves.”

Lima Public Library maintains a calendar of events on its website at www.limalibrary.com. Animal lovers may want to mark their calendars on September 9, so they don’t miss the Woof & Meow adoption event. Visit the library where it is hosting its third pet adoption event at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Book Room.

The library is also planning a project it hopes will bring a public elevator to the building.

“The feedback we get from programs and events is about the need for an elevator,” Fraser said.

From its growing collection of materials to its many services and programs, the Lima Public Library now offers more hours to seize those opportunities to save money, while also learning and having fun. check it out.

New library opening hours

Main Branch (Lima): 9 am – 8 pm from Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Elida: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cairo: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Lafayette: noon-7pm on Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday.

Spencerville: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit the library’s website to view the calendar of events: www.limalibrary.com.

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