Weather Closing
The library will be closed all day due to winter weather. Tue, Feb 16th.
Job Opening: Maintenance
Galion Public Library has a part-time position opening for a maintenance person, experience preferred. Approximately 15-20 hours a week. Must be able to work early mornings and other times as needed. Candidate will be responsible for maintaining the building and grounds. Application and job description can be picked up at the library. Applications will be taken through March 19th at the library or to : Mike Kirk, Galion Public Library, 123 N. Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. See the full job description or our Job Opportunities page for more information.
Used Book Drop-Off Day
Gather up all the used books you've been saving or cleaning out over the winter and drive by the library storage building (in the alley behind the library). Friends of the Library volunteers will empty out your trunk for you. Sat, May 15th, 10-2pm.
Vaccine Availability
According to our sources, Ohioans age 40 and over, as well as those with certain medical conditions, will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday, March 19th, and all Ohioans age 16 and older starting on Monday, March 29th. Eligible Ohioans can book an appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
COVID-19 Test Kits
Call the library (419-468-3203) if you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 test kit. We will take your information and make a test kit available to you for curbside pickup.
Circulation Policy Changes Q and A
Changed policies at Galion Public Library: books and many other items now have no overdue fines; long-overdue items and replacement costs can block you from checking out; replacement fees for lost items can be canceled if the items are returned within six months; existing overdue fines are being wiped; and renewals are now automatic, as long as nothing blocks them. Read on for details.
Why is Galion Public Library getting rid of most of the overdue fines?
Our goal is to make sure our patrons can enjoy all the books and services the library offers. Overdue fines can prevent some patrons, especially children, from checking out books and other materials.
However, there are a few items that will still have fines associated with them:
  • new movies, in both DVD and blu-ray format; this includes the 3-day movies upstairs and also new juvenile movies downstairs
  • videogames
  • mobile wireless hotspots
  • equipment, activity kits, and (coming soon) board games
These items will all retain their fines (one dollar per day for movies, video games, most equipment, activity kits, and board games; two dollars per day for mobile wireless hotspots).
What is the library going to do to get patrons to return borrowed materials?
The library will still impose fees for lost or damaged materials. If an item is not returned for 30 days past its due date, it automatically becomes lost, and the patron is charged a replacement fee.
Additionally, patrons who have materials out that are more than a week overdue, or $10 or more in fines and fees (including replacement cost for lost or damaged items) will have their library card blocked, which stops them from checking out any more physical items until the situation is resolved.
What happens if my card is blocked because of a long overdue item?
Patrons with blocked cards will not be able to check out any physical materials until the overdue items are returned or until the fines and fees for replacements and for missing or damaged items are paid. However, patrons with blocked cards can still check out electronic books and can use the public computers and other library services. The replacement costs for lost items can be taken off the account if the items are found and returned within 180 days (which is about six months).
Does this mean my current overdue fines will be wiped away?
Yes. However, this is for overdue fines only. Fees that have accumulated due to lost, damaged, or missing items will not be wiped away, except when lost items are found and returned within 180 days.
What are auto-renewals?
In addition to getting rid of most overdue fines, the Galion Public Library is also implementing automatic renewals. This means that checked out items will be automatically renewed on the due date, unless an item is needed for a hold or has reached its maximum number of renewals (which in most cases is 3 times). If your account is set up for email or text message notification, you may get an automatic notification when this happens.
When do these changes take effect?
We have stopped charging overdue fines on most borrowed items as of 2020 November 1st. As noted above, this does not include new movies, video games, wireless hotspots and other equipment, activity kits, or board games. The other changes are being phased in over the course of November of 2020.
Friends Meeting Dates
Yes, the Friends are meeting again — on the lawn, 6:30pm the first Tuesday of each month.
  • Tue, May 4th at 6:30pm
  • Tue, Jun 1st at 6:30pm
  • Tue, Jul 6th at 6:30pm
  • Tue, Aug 3rd at 6:30pm
  • Tue, Sep 7th at 6:30pm
  • Tue, Oct 5th at 6:30pm
Book Donations Accepted
Routine used book donations will once again be accepted beginning Monday, April 5th.
DIY Craft Night
For ages 18 and up. There will be a limit of 20 each time, so call the library to reserve your seat. Crafts will also be available as a Grab & Go kit.
  • Mon, Jun 21st, 4-5pm, Bow Ties for Pets
  • Mon, Jul 19th, 4-5pm, T-Shirt Rope Toys
  • Mon, Aug 16th, 4-5pm, Hummingbird Swing
Movie Matinee
[stock photo of a movie projector] For all ages. There will be a limit of 20 for each showing, so call the library to reserve your seat.
Adult Game Night
Play your favorite board game, or learn to like a new one. There will be a limit of 20, so call the library and sign up to reserve your seat. Fri, Jun 25th at 4pm, Fri, Jul 30th at 4pm, and Fri, Aug 27th at 4pm.
2021 Summer Reading Challenge
Raise money for local non-profit animal rescues by completing reading challenges. The library will donate 25¢ for each challenge completed. Also, your name will be put into the grand prize drawing.
Bird Bingo
See how many of the listed birds you can find. Pick up your card starting June 1st, and return it by 4pm Saturday July 31st for a bird button and a chance to win one of these prizes:
  1. Binoculars and Field Guide
  2. T-shirt, Hummingbird Feeder, & Stuffed Bird
  3. Ohio Bird Sanctuary household membership
Books in the Alley Sale
The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale in the alley east of the library building. There will be a large number of hardback fiction and paperback books available, as well as inspirational books, a large selection on woodworking, books on gardening, arts, and recreation (sewing, knitting, sports, etc.), history, geography, biography, and cookbooks, as well as some audio/visual materials (music, audiobooks, movies), puzzles, and magazines.
  • Sat, Jul 10th, 10-2pm, Books in the Alley Sale
  • Sat, Jul 17th, 10-2pm, Rain Date for Books in the Alley
Fall Book Sale
Watch this space for more information. Thu, Oct 7th, Fri, Oct 8th, and Sat, Oct 9th.
Job Opening: Children's Room Assistant
We have a job opening for a Children's Room assistant. This is a part-time position with programming duties for grade school children. Two years of working with children and/or library experience preferred. Approximately 20-25 hours a week on average. Must be able to work days, evenings and Saturdays. Applications will be taken until July 28th.
Grab-N-Go Craft Kits
A new craft will be available every other Monday and will include craft supplies and instructions. Call the library to reserve a craft kit, or simply stop by the main desk to pick one up.
Closed
[CLOSED] The library will be closed in observance of the holiday.
Library Board Meeting
Library Board Meeting
  • Mon, Feb 15th at 4pm
  • Mon, Mar 15th at 4pm
  • Mon, Apr 19th at 4pm
  • Mon, May 17th at 4pm
  • Mon, Jun 21st at 4pm
  • Mon, Jul 19th at 4pm
  • Mon, Aug 16th at 4pm
  • Mon, Sep 20th at 4pm
  • Mon, Oct 18th at 4pm
  • Mon, Nov 15th at 4pm
  • Mon, Dec 20th at 4pm
  • Mon, Jan 17th at 4pm
  • Mon, Feb 21st at 4pm
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