4/21: Primary Election Absentee Ballots Due by April 28. The coronavirus crisis has changed the trajectory of our lives. As we work to overcome those challenges, it’s still important to have your voice heard in the Ohio primary. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is asking public libraries to help in a final push to get voters to request their absentee ballots and return them before April 28. Don’t lose your voice! Vote! Navigate to VoteOhio.gov for information about requesting your mail-in ballot.
4/5: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Arrives in Wood County
In partnership with The United Way in Wood County and the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library, the seven independent public library systems in Wood County are bringing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Wood County, mailing books to children.
"Libraries are dedicated to advancing early literacy skills and helping families raise readers," said Michael Penrod, Director at the Wood County District Public Library. "With the matching funds from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, now is the right time to bring more books to children in our county."
The program mails every child from birth through age five a free, age-appropriate book every month until they turn five years old. Parents may sign up online at https://www.unitedwaytoledo.org/get-help/imaginationlibrary/.
There is no cost for a child or family to participate. "The seven libraries are pleased to provide the initial $30,195 needed to get the project started," said Penrod. "The libraries will also assist with program promotion and registration."
Program costs are covered by a 50% match from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library program and 50% in locally provided funds. Each library of the county's seven libraries contributed to the project based on the population in their legal service district. The United Way in Wood County will serve as the project affiliate, as fiscal agent, and take on long-term fundraising efforts. The seven libraries that worked together to provide local funds are the North Baltimore Public Library, Pemberville Public Library, Rossford Public Library, Way Public Library in Perrysburg, Wayne Public Library, Weston Public Library, and the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green.
Entertainment icon and savvy businesswoman, Dolly Parton, founded the Imagination Library in 1995. She was inspired by her father’s inability to reador write and in hopes of inspiring a love of reading and learning from a young age. The program has received the Best Practices Award from The Library Of Congress Literacy Awards, and in 2016 the program celebrated the “One Million A Month” milestone for books mailed to children across the world.
To ease the challenges of social distancing and sheltering at home, TumbleBooks is making its collections of eBooks for all ages available to users at home--no library card required. TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.
At this afternoon's briefing Gov. DeWine and Dr. Acton issued a stay at home public health order for Ohioans. See the Sentinel-Tribune's story here.
Local support resources to turn to during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis:
United Way 211 Can Help
No Wrong Door Wood County Yellow Pages of Service
Covering everything from laundry assistance to utility assistance
Wood County Hospital List of Area Food Pantries
Bowling Green School Meal Delivery
Grab and Go Meals for Lake Schools Students
Home Energy Assistance Program
Wood County Committee on Aging Services During Coronavirus Pandemic
Help for BGSU students
Wood County Community Health Department
Salvation Army Northwest Ohio Emergency Servivces
Wood County Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services
Make a date afternoons at 2 pm (time may vary slightly) with Gov. DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton for daily updates and information the ways Ohio is addressing the Coronavirus crisis. Available online at Ohiochannel.org or watch on the local PBS channels.
See local updated information from Wood County Hospital here.
Decision came in the wee hours of the night: Ohio polling places closed today after public health emergency declared. See post on Wood County Board of Elections FaceBook page.
Trusted Information Sources
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reducing misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local and national agencies below.
The City of Bowling Green
Steps for staying healthy, guidelines for what to do if you feel ill, information about city-sponsored events postponements.
Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health maintains a website with the up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources. https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus
ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses.
The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our scheduled events. For the latest information, please keep an eye on wcdpl.org.