The Meigs County District Public Library is once again accepting non-perishable food items as well as outerwear such as scarves, gloves or hats in lieu of fines through the end of December. Library patrons may bring in non-perishable food items and receive $1.00 off library fines for every item donated. Please remember to check the expiration date! Outerwear must be new with price tags. Patrons will receive double the price of outerwear items off their existing library fines. The collected food items will be distributed to local food pantries serving our community. The outerwear will be donated to needy families in Meigs County. Community members who do not owe library fines but who wish to participate are welcome to bring donations to any of the Meigs County Libraries. All donations are appreciated.
The library has recently partnered with the Meigs Soil and Water District office to serve as a drop off location for small electronics recycling. Items which are accepted include cell phones, pagers, ipods, ink cartridges, ink jets, game boys, cassette tapes, CDs, floppy disks, calculators, remote controls, computer mouses, cameras and most other small electronics. Items are accepted at all library locations (Middleport, Pomeroy, Racine and Eastern Elementary), during regular hours of operation. Larger items such as laptops will not be accepted at the libraries, but can be dropped off at the Meigs Soil and Water District office. Help reduce electronic waste by recycling.
Everybody knows the library has books of all kinds to help people further their education and just for enjoyment. Almost everyone now thinks of the library as a great place to go to use a free public computer, but there are many services offered by your local Meigs County Library that you may not even realize are available. Many of these services are available for free or at minimal cost. The library has copy machines that are available for use by the public with black and white copies only 10 cents per page and color copies for 50 cents per page. We offer fax service that is free to a local or toll free number and $1 per page to any domestic long distance number. You can also receive faxes at the library for $1 per page. Color copy service is available only at the Pomeroy Library. Black and white copies and fax service are available at all library locations.
The library’s notary service has been quite popular. We have a notary available in each of our buildings any time the library is open. There is no charge for notary service. One of the relatively new services that the library offers is Passport photos. Passport photos can be made at the Pomeroy Library only. A special camera is used to make the photos to the exact specifications that are needed and you receive two photos on a sheet for $10. This type of photos is used not only for passports, but also nursing licenses, concealed carry permits and for various other identification needs. With the addition of this service, Meigs County residents no longer have to travel outside of the county to have a passport photo taken.
Regular library users have noticed some changes to the library database over the past few months. There is a wider variety of materials, more copies of popular titles are available and the catalog shows that some of the items are owned by places like Ironton and Jackson City libraries. In November of last year, the Meigs County District Public Library and the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library took advantage of an offer from our library circulation software provider The Library Corporation (TLC) to merge the two library’s databases to form one big database which includes all of our materials. The newly formed cooperative venture is called the Ohio Valley Library Consortium (OVLC).