Even though the physical library is currently closed, our digital library is available 24/7!

From expanded access to digital content to new online programming, we remain committed to serving you during this unprecedented closure. We've worked to broaden limits on digital checkouts, channel more of our materials budget to digital content, and offer additional resources with the help of our vendors. We're also excited to have recently debuted virtual storytimes and live chats with library staff. We want to stay connected with you.

Here, we invite you to explore just some of the many resources you can access from home, including some newly added resources available for a limited time only. This article is updated frequently so make sure to check back often. Scroll to the bottom for FAQs about SPL closure.


Virtual Storytime with SPL Youth Service Staff (Tue & Thu)

Join us for virtual storytime with some of your favorite Youth Services staff. New videos will be shared Tuesdays (Westland staff) and Thursdays (Grove City staff) at 10:30 a.m. via SPL's Facebook and YouTube. Make sure to check out links in the video descriptions for even more stories and fun!


Library Live Chats with SPL Reference and Adult Services (Wed & Sat)

Join us on Wednesdays and Saturdays to chat via Facebook comments with SPL Reference and Adult Services staff about books, movie, podcasts, and more! Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. & Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Drop in anytime during the hour.


Find access to all of your usual favorite digital resources by clicking HERE including:

  • Overdrive: E-books and e-audiobooks. Download the Libby by Overdrive app for the easiest user experience.

  • RBdigital: E-audiobooks that are immediately accessible with no wait. Mobile app available.

  • Hoopla: A vast collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, music, and more to borrow and enjoy with no wait! Mobile app available. Bonus Borrows: Now through April 30, 2020. Over a thousand select titlest to discover without using your monthly borrows.

  • Flipster: Instant access to dozens of popular magazines spanning subjects from cooking, DIY, entertainment, science, news, and more.

  • TumbleBooks: Animated talking picture books for children featuring animation, sound, music and narration.


Explore business, DIY, research and independent learning tools

On our homepage, make sure to check out the RESOURCES and STUDENT RESOURCES sections for business, DIY, research, and independent learning resources. (If you are on a mobile device, click on the menu icon—the black square with three horizontal lines—to access the Resources sections.)

You'll find popular resources including:

  • Creativebug: Featuring over 1000 online art and craft classes.

  • Lynda.com: Featuring thousands of video courses taught by experts to develop business, software, technology, and creative skills.

  • Transparent Language: Featuring lessons to learn over 100 languages.


Enjoy these NEW resources available for a limited time only!

SPL is able to provide these new digital resources for a limited time through the generosity of many of our vendors. Enjoy!

 

AudioBookCloud croppedAudio Book Cloud: Features e-audiobooks for all ages. Username: tumble2020  |  Password: A3b5c6

 

 

 

RomanceBookCloud croppedRomance Book Cloud: A large collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd. Username: tumble2020  |  Password: A3b5c6

 

 

 

 

Teen Book Cloud croppedTeen Book Cloud: Features e-books for grades 7-12.  Username: tumble2020  |  Password: A3b5c6  

 

 

 hooplabonusborrows500x500Hoopla Bonus Borrows: Now through April 30, 2020. Over a thousand select titlest to discover without using your monthly borrows i.e. they do not count against your monthly borrow limits. Find Hoopla here or download the mobile app. 

 

 

 

ancestryAncestry Library Edition: Now available to patrons remotely through May! This resource is usually available for in-library use only.

 

  

 

TumbleMATHTumbleMATH: Features math e-books for grades K-6 math. Username: tumble2020  |  Password: A3b5c6

 

 

 


Other Helpful Resources

Please note these resources are not provided by the library. Please follow the links for more information.

Literature: 

  • Audible Stories: For as long as schools are closed, kids can instantly stream a collection of Audible stories to listen to, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. Free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

  • Junior Library Guild: During this time, JGL is offering free, unlimited access to their online reading platform. Access Gold Standard e-books for Elementary, Middle School and High school students. JLG is the collection-development partner for school and public libraries across the nation.

  • ProMusica Musical Storytime: Designed for the youngest music lovers. Tune in Tuesdays at 10 a.m. on ProMusica's Facebook page to sing songs, learn new alphabet letters of the day, read cherished children books, and meet and hear ProMusica musicians introduce and play their different instruments. Musical Storytimes are supported by The Seimer Family Foundation, The English Family Foundation, and The Hildreth Foundation.

  • Story Time from Space: Offers videos of stories being read from space.

  • Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator. 

  • SYNC Audiobooks for Teens: SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobook downloads a week, free to keep. Follow the link to see the full weekly schedule and sign up today!

Learning and Enrichment: 

  • Audubon for Kids: Nature activities, DIY, and lessons from home to help children explore and connect to the natural world. These activities can be done at home or in a yard or park, sometimes with the help of a computer.

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: The Columbus Zoo is excited to bring wild content directly to you! All activities address Ohio Learning Standards for Science and are designed to connect you and your family with nature.

    • Follow the zoo on social media for new #ColumbusZooSchool activities on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Or conveniently access all posted content in one place at the Columbus Zoo School web page. 

    • Join the zoo using Zoom on Thursdays at 10 a.m. for a LIVE Virtual Adventure. The Virtual Adventures are free, but registration is required. Register at the zoo's Digital Learning Center. A recording of these programs will be available shortly after the program is presented. Designed to address Ohio Learning Standards for Pre-K to Grade 3.

  • COSI Connects: COSI's Digital Doorway for at-home science discovery and learning. Every day, COSI will deliver fresh, exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on activities you can try at home. Visit for your daily science activity.

  • Free Spectrum Internet for Students: Beginning March 16, 2020 Spectrum will offer two free months of internet and WiFi services to new customers in households with Pre-K to 12 or college students who need remote education. Discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services, and any installation or pre-payment fees will be waived to help get you started. Click the link for more info.

  • 450 Free Ivy League Courses: These courses are available online for audit.

  • Netflix Documentaries: Since schools are closed and teachers are unable to screen documentaries in their classrroms as they normally would, Netflix has made a selection of their documentary features available for free on the Netflix US YouTube Channel.

  • NPR's list of live virtual concerts

  • ProMusica Virtual Family Concert: Keep music and learning alive! SPL has hosted ProMusica's family concerts many times in the past, and they are always a patron favorite. Now you can enjoy a virtual concert and learn about music opposites from their string quartet! (FYI this concert was recorded before social distancing measures took effect.)
     
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic Learn at Home provides 20 days’ worth of free active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school.

  • Smithsonian Learning Lab: Learning Lab offers teachers and educators access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. Educators will find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers. 

  • Smithsonian Open Access Images: Nearly 3 million images to explore, use, and share from across the Smithsonian collections.

Activities, Doodles, and More from Authors:

  • Dav Pilkey at Home: Author and illustrator Dav Pilkey, known for his Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, will host virtual drawing tutuorials, readings, and more in collaboration with Scholastic and the Library of Congress. New videos each Friday. 

  • Draw Every Day with JJK: Join children's author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka every weekday on YouTube for some doodles. Live at 2 p.m. EST.

  • Harry Potter at Home: J.K. Rowling, Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic have partnered to introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives. This includes making the first Harry Potter e-book and e-audiobook always available for a limited time on Overdrive, Libby, and stories.audible.com as well as providing free activities and more at Wizarding World's Harry Potter at Home website hub. Make sure to check the hub frequently because activities will be changing all the time!

  • Junie B. Jones Printables and Activities: By the Brightly Editors. From printable cards and bookmarks to themed activity packs, kids will delight as they go through mazes, connect-the-dots, and practice their writing with Junie B.

  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: NOTE: This series has finished. All episodes are archived and accessible by following the link. Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles! 

  • Mouse Circus: Neil Gaiman's Official Website for Younger Readers. Watch Neil read his story The Graveyard Book and a cast of characters read the chapter book Coraline. Play games and download activities based on Neil's books for kids.

  • Stories with Oliver Jeffers: Author Oliver Jeffers will live stream reading one of his books each weekday at 2 p.m. EST on Instagram Live. Archived videos available on his website here

Even More Resources

These resources have been suggested or curated by community members, librarian interest groups, and others. The library holds no affiliation with these resources, and the views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views and opinions of SPL. We have included them here believing many may be of interest and encourage patrons to employ their own evaluations and judgments. 

  • Calendar of daily livestreaming events. Extensive list. Includes direct links to daily storytimes, concerts, arts and crafts, and much more. Courtesy of Jennifer Foster.

  • Mega list of resource links. Endless free resources for children, adults, parents, educators, etc. There's something for everyone. Check it out!

  • Science Mom: Livestreamed science lessons each weekday from Science Mom featuring engineering challenges, crafts, games, Q&A, and more.

  • Virtual field trips: Links to over 30 virtual tours of parks, museums, zoos, famous attractions and more.

  • Virtual tours of 12 famous museums. Includes virtual tours of the British Museum; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


 FAQs About Temporary Closure *UPDATED*

  • No-contact Holds Pickup

    Patrons may now pick up requested items through a no-contact process. Hours for pickups are Monday-Thursday 1-6 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 12-5 p.m. Buildings remain closed, and no entrance is permitted. How no-contact holds pickup works:

    > Place a hold request for items. Wait for a notification that items are ready for pickup.
    > Once notified, call to schedule a pickup time. GCL: 614-875-6716 ext. 501. Westland 614-878-1301 ext. 601.
    > Arrive during your scheduled time to pick up your holds from tables or carts set up near each building's entrance.

    Please note only items available at SPL locations are able to be filled at this time. Read more about no-contact holds pickup here

  • Items Due
    Due dates for all items checked out, including those through Interlibrary Loan, SearchOhio or OhioLINK, have been extended to June 22. Due to these unusual circumstances, we will work with anyone with items that were already past due before the closure.

  • Book Drops
    Returns are now accepted during no-contact holds pickup hours: Monday-Thursday 1-6 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 12-5 p.m. Returns are only accepted during these hours.  Please return items via the designated bins at Grove City or the outdoor bookdrop at Westland.

  • Holds
    Starting on Tuesday, May 26, SPL began a no-contact pickup service for holds. If you currently have items on hold, please contact the library to schedule a no-contact holds pickup. You may continue to place new holds; however, please note delivery between libraries is still suspended, so only holds for items available in our building can be filled at this time.

  • New Library Cards
    During our unexpected closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still sign up online for a library card. Click here to sign up. On your “successful registration screen”, you will receive a temporary barcode (PACREG#######). You can use this temporary barcode and the pin you assigned to your account to begin immediately using digital library services. Once the library reopens, you have 30 days to come into one of our locations with a valid photo ID and proof of address to receive your full access card. All applicants must be residents of Ohio.

  • Existing Library Card Numbers and PINs
    If you have a library card and do not know your number, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the full name on your card. During this unprecedented closure, we will send your card number to the e-mail associated with your account as soon as possible.

    Library card PINs are 4 digits long. The PIN defaults to the last 4 numbers of the phone number associated with your account. You may have also opted to reset your PIN to a 4-digit number of your choosing. If you have registered for an account through our website, you can use the “Forgot your PIN?” link to be emailed a link to reset it. Please note: Library staff cannot reset your PIN for you.

Library Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon-Thu:      1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

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Grove City Library

3959 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43123
(614)-875-6716

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Westland Area Library

4740 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43228
(614)-878-1301

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