The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will be allowed to collect ballots at a second location near the board’s headquarters, as Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose partially lifts a prohibition on plans to expand ballot drop-off locations.  

A sign on the Columbus Metropolitan Library's downtown branch, on May 4, which remains closed.
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Columbus Metropolitan Library will again close their doors to the public because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch in downtown Columbus.
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New research from Battelle concludes that the coronavirus is not detectable on five different library materials after three days.

A sign on the Columbus Metropolitan Library's downtown branch, on May 4, which remains closed.
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Columbus Metropolitan Library is expanding its curbside pickup program to four additional branches on Tuesday.

A sign on the Columbus Metropolitan Library's downtown branch, on May 4, which remains closed.
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The Columbus Metropolitan Library system has announced plans to slowly begin reopening this month.

The Cuyahoga County Public Library will open about half of its branches next month for limited services, including curbside pick-up and drive thru options.

Thirteen locations will open June 1, but anyone with a checked-out item has until June 15 to return it. About 400,000 materials are currently on loan, Executive Director Tracy Strobel said.

“As you can imagine, if they decided to return them all on June 1, that would be challenging for us to handle, just from a materials handling and logistics standpoint,” Strobel said.

It’s National Library Week, which usually means big events at libraries all across the country. Unfortunately, most libraries are closed right now. So, librarians are moving the party online and reaching their patrons in some pretty creative ways.

The slogan for National Library Week was supposed to be “Find Your Place at the Library.” That was before the coronavirus outbreak.

A patron browses books at the Hough Branch of Cleveland Public Library.
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Libraries in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland said they'll remain open during the coronavirus outbreak, in part so that community resources remain available to patrons.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is commemorating this year's 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with an exhibit documenting Ohio's role in the women's suffrage movement.

One free book, every month, until a child's fifth birthday — that's what Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is promising Cuyahoga County children with the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library Program, announced Monday morning at the Warrensville Heights library. 

Every child under the age of 5 in Cuyahoga County can be enrolled in the program. There are about 75,000 eligible children in Cuyahoga County.

"It brings me a lot of joy to think that these kids are going to really have the gift of books and all of the things that that means for them," DeWine said. 

Tomorrow is Library Card Registration Day. Never heard of it? Well, that's because poet and rapper Noname made it up.

When she's not recording in the studio, she's often at the library.

"Just going to the library and talking to a librarian and their wealth of knowledge on books and material is so amazing to me," she says.

Noname wants to encourage people to get their own library cards, not just for the free books, but also for the people who can guide you to them.

Some people want to avoid talking about politics while they load their Thanksgiving plates this Thursday. In need of another conversation starter? Try your family's history. Doing so can open up a world of information.

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The Columbus Metropolitan Library System is joining several other large library systems across the U.S. in suspending purchases of all electronic versions of Macmillan Publishers' new releases.

Trish doesn't have many places to turn. She's living at her elderly father's home without a job because she can't afford the care he needs. And every day she says the balance sheet seems stained with more red ink.

"It's all outgoing. There's nothing coming in, that's for sure. And I'm stuck in a rock and a hard place because of my credit, so I don't — I need to make enough money that I can afford to live somewhere," she says, voice quavering.

Across from her at the table, David Perez nods quietly and takes notes.

As thousands gathered in New York City for the world's largest LGBTQ celebration, some other events across the country were unable to proceed because of threats and safety concerns.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Jacksonville Public Library in Florida both canceled events that celebrate LGBTQ pride scheduled for this weekend.