Visiting the Marysville Public Library and the Richwood-North Union Public Library

July 2, 2014

Librarian Visits 2014

Librarian Visits 2014

State Librarian Visits- July Marysville Public Library

State Librarian Visit for July at the Marysville Public Library

State Librarian Visits- July, Richwood-North Union Public Library

State Librarian Visits- July, Richwood-North Union Public Library

On July 2, 2014, I had the opportunity to visit two libraries in nearby Union County, the Marysville Public Library and the Richwood-North Union Public Library. Sarah Moore has been the Director at Richwood-North Union for four years and Randy Matlow has been the Director at Marysville since September 2013. It was my first visit to both of these libraries.
Marysville Public Library

Marysville Public Library

The Marysville Public Library serves the residents of the Marysville Exempted Village School District through the Main Library in Marysville and branch library located in Raymond. From 1910 until 1988, the Main Library was located in a Carnegie Library built with funds from the Carnegie Corporation. In 1988, the library moved into the present location on Plum Street in is uptown Marysville. The library is an anchor for the city’s current efforts to enhance and revitalize the uptown area.

At the time of my visit, the library was being impacted by the construction of a new park next door. Partners Park will be equipped with Wi-Fi and will include a large open air pavilion. The library has lost some parking space due the construction but will gain a wonderful space for holding outdoor programs including story times, craft programs, movies, and more. Director Randy Matlow is hopeful that the city’s efforts to secure more parking space for the uptown area are successful.

The Marysville Public Library is a member of the Central Library Consortium (CLC), a computerized library network that promotes resource sharing among its 14 member libraries. The library circulates approximately 600,000 items per year. Library staff and the Board are currently in the process of developing a new strategic plan for the library. One of the issues Randy hopes to address in the strategic plan is the shortage of space in the Main Library. Library staff are in the process of shifting collections to make the most effective use of the space they have available but like parking, space is at a premium.

The main level of the library provides space for Reference, Adult Services, Youth Services, Genealogy & Local History, and Circulation. The lower level of the library houses the Teen Area, meeting rooms, media collections, public computers, and Technical Services. The booth seating on the lower level is very popular among library patrons who bring laptops or mobile devices for use in the library.

The library offers a large variety of programs for patrons of all ages. Many of the programs, such as the library’s annual Author Series, are supported by the Friends of the Library. Last spring, the library offered a Cooperative Tree Seedling Giveaway program to support the city’s effort to get more residents to plant trees. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, which is headquartered in Marysville, assisted with this program. The program was immensely popular and will be offered again next year.

As a new director, Randy is in the process of learning about the library and the community it serves and is working to take the library’s programs and services to the next level in order to continuing meeting the needs of the growing community.

Richwood-North Union Public Library

The Richwood-North Union Public Library is located about 15 miles north of Marysville and serves the residents of the North Union Local School District. The library is a member of the SEO Library Consortium, a resource sharing network of 89 Library systems at nearly 201 physical locations throughout 46 counties across Ohio. Participation in the SEO Library Consortium provides patrons of the Richwood-North Union Public Library with access to 8 million items located in member libraries.

The library’s summer reading programs were in full swing at the time of my visit. The display cases, which are usually used to showcase works by local artists, were displaying summer reading program prizes. Gift baskets for adult participants, were filled with items donated by local businesses.

The library was built in 1978. An addition was added in 2006 to provide more space for the growing library. The library includes space for reference, adult, teen, A-V, and children’s materials. There is also a Local History & Genealogy Room that is organized by the local genealogy group. A computer lab, established with an LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio, is used to provide training, assistance to job seekers, and an open lab for public use. The library also has a Reading Lounge, meeting rooms, a children’s program area, a Quiet Study Room, and a public information center.

Director Sarah Moore is currently focusing on increasing training opportunities for staff, and reorganizing collections, furniture, and equipment to maximize the available space. She is also investigating the possibility of establishing a Friends of the Library, which would increase volunteer opportunities for community members and provide additional support for the library.

I enjoyed having the opportunity to learn more about these libraries and I am grateful to Randy and Sarah for taking the time to host my visit.

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