FAQ: Do you offer notary services, and what do they cost?
ANSWER: Yes, we do (and they are free!) Appointments are highly encouraged since walk-in services are dependent on the notary’s availability at a library location. Notaries also reserve the right to decline service.
What you’ll typically need at your appointment:
Valid government-issued photo ID
Documents to be notarized, filled out but unsigned
ACPL staff members who help make the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Ohio possible were invited to a recent thank you event featuring Dolly herself, hosted by First Lady Fran DeWine. The event also celebrated the early literacy program's great success in Ohio--our state has the most children enrolled in the country, and each receives a free monthly book in the mail!
To watch a recording of the First Lady's interview
*Photo featuring Dolly courtesy of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio.
ACPL staff members Hannah, Heather, and Lindsay at the "Dolly Day" event, which included many of Ohio's Imagination Library stakeholders and administrators.
One Imagination Library participant in Athens County loves her monthly books
from Dolly so much, she requested a Dolly-themed birthday party!
Staff spotlight: meet Amanda
Amanda is a Youth Services Librarian at our Nelsonville location.
What kinds of things have you enjoyed most about your position so far, and what are you planning/dreaming about starting?
I absolutely love my coworkers and the great atmosphere we have here. Since I'm the teen librarian and I mostly read YA myself, one of my favorite things to do is come up with and create displays every month. I did one last month based on
K-pop (Korean pop music). I'm actually planning a K-Pop Club! I've received positive and enthusiastic feedback about it, and I can't wait to make it a reality.
My dream is to have a thriving and safe place for teens to hang out so they can just be themselves. Several weeks ago, a teen thanked me for just listening to them. It really warms my heart to know that they know they can talk to me, and simply trust me enough to do so. I also love to hear visitors tell me about a book they read or just about their day in general.
What does a "typical" day look like for you right now?
Usually a normal day for me is helping patrons with whatever they need, whether it be about books, computers, technology, etc.When I feed Axel (the resident axolotl), I like to get the kids involved, and they absolutely love it!I'll also spend time planning upcoming programs and/or working on a program for the following month.When I have free time, I'll go over the YA and AF sections and create displays, or if we have several kids come in, I'll do a pop-up program and play board games or UNO with them.
If you could tell library visitors about one ACPL resource or service that they might not know about, what would it be?
So far this month, Glouster librarians and community partners have given away one bike and 12 helmets, eight bikes were fixed, and participants upcycled bicycle parts into jewelry and lawn art!
DIY Bike Repair Workshop (Get Ready for Winter Riding)Sept. 29 from 4-6pm.
Ask questions/get help with basic repairs from experienced bike mechanics. We'll end with bike decorating and a group bike parade!
Community Bike Ride and Safety Workshop Sept. 30 from 4-6pm.
Free helmets, water bottles, bike swag, and snacks for all.
Big thanks to librarian Tessa, the Athens City-County Health Department, and the Rural Bike Mechanics Collective for making this program series possible.
Fall "Humanities in the Park" exhibit
The newest educational story trail exhibit in Richland Avenue Park explores the growth of the humanities in our SE Ohio communities from the perspective of the Black Americans who first studied and worked in and around Athens County. Visit the park in person or the exhibit's website here.
Along with ACPL, many other local organizations collaborated to make this interactive story trail series possible. They include the Athens City Department of Arts, Parks and Recreation; humanities faculty in the Ping Institute; the Ohio University Libraries (in particular the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections and the Digital Initiatives Department); and The Central Region Humanities Center at Ohio University.
A family-friendly, all-day open house bringing together speakers, performers, and workshops. Revel in the resources of our eclectic community!
Topics: agriculture, creativity, history, wellness, and appreciation for our local natural resources. Featuring Calliope Feminist Choir, Hocking College Nature Center, the Hill Spirits, and more. More details on the ACPL online events calendar.