Congratulations to the State Library of Ohio, a Greater Midwest Region member organization. On Friday, August 4th, the library hosts an Open House to celebrate 200 years of providing excellent service to the state of Ohio: its government, librarians, and Buckeye residents.
Governor Thomas Worthington established the library in 1817 with a 509-book collection to be used by the state legislator. During its longevity, the library has restructured, remodeled, and reorganized several times. In early June, I had the pleasure of touring the library at its current location, 274 East First Avenue, Columbus. The historic Jeffrey Mining Manufacturing building has been transformed into an expansive, state-of-the art facility with space for rare and valuable collections, six public meeting rooms, and offices for the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Columbus Program.
For several months, the library staff has worked tirelessly preparing for the birthday party. Several exhibits of special collections and memorabilia are on display. Not to be missed is the Traveling Libraries, the first “bookmobile.” I encourage you to learn more about the State Library of Ohio and its Bicentennial Celebration and to visit.