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Free Home COVID Test Kits

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The library will distribute BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Tests in the drive-thru only. Tests will be available while supplies last on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To Pick-Up a Test:

Patrons can pick up test(s) for their household in the library drive-thru during open hours. Anyone seeking a test who is feeling sick or showing COVID symptoms should send someone else to pick up a test for them. Users must have a smartphone and a computer with a webcam and internet access to administer the at-home test. It is preferred users have already downloaded the app and created a profile prior to picking up a kit. Users may download the NAVICA app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store.

Test Information:

The State of Ohio has partnered with Abbott and eMed to bring rapid, reliable testing into the home where the result is delivered in minutes. The Ohio Department of Health has secured the purchase of at least 2 million tests that can be self-administered outside of a clinical setting. It is Governor DeWine’s goal to make these tests available and accessible in every Ohio county.

The 15-minute BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for at-home testing in collaboration with a telehealth session. Abbott has selected eMed, a digital health solution, as its telehealth partner. This service for COVID-19 testing prescribes and allows the test to be done rapidly at home with virtual instruction and consultation. A trained telehealth professional guides those being tested through the at-home self-test via video call using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test and Abbott’s complementary NAVICA mobile app to enable the testing process and display BinaxNOW COVID-19 test results.

General information on BinaxNOW tests – including a demonstration – can be found here.

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COVID-19 Current Library Services

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COVID-19 Library Services & Procedures

Following health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic is our priority. Please note the following:

  • Patrons ages 2 and up must wear a mask covering their nose, mouth, and chin for the duration of their visit to the library. No exceptions.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the building.
  • Study rooms and meeting spaces are not available for use.


  • Tuesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Closed: Monday, Friday & Sunday


  • Quick browsing. 30 minute limit.
  • Computers and WiFi tables are first-come, first-serve. 1 hour limit.
  • Printer, scanner, and copier are available as self-serve in the reference or children’s spaces. If you need assistance, please visit the circulation desk.
  • Assisted fax, print, scan, and copy available at the circulation desk.
  • Telephone and chat reference.
  • Browse and download our digital library 24/7.
  • Quality virtual programming for all ages.
  • Free WiFi in the parking lot.


  • Print, copy, or fax
  • Golden buckeye application
  • Tax forms
  • Payment of fines or copies with cash or credit (no debit)
  • Holds pickup or book requests
  • Program Kits

We are processing returns about 5 days after they are dropped off. Any renewals or fines that accrued during that time will be waived from your account once the items come off your card. If after that 5 day window you are still seeing returned books on your account or fines you are not sure about, please reach out.

Wednesdays 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• One person only per piece of equipment
• First-come, first-serve
• 1-hour computer limit applies
• Must be using equipment in the space (no gathering or reading spaces available at this time)

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Black History Month 2021

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February is Black History Month and the Cuyahoga Falls Library has hundreds of resources to share. The library remains committed to developing a diverse collection, representing a wide range of perspectives. Here are a few titles to learn more about Black history in America.


Titles – Foundational Reads  

  • Roots / Alex Haley.
  • Native son / Richard Wright ; with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad
  • The bluest eye / by Toni Morrison.
  • The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead.
  • The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America’s great migration / Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Color of Compromise : the truth about the American church’s complicity in racism / Jemar Tisby
  • Their eyes were watching God : a novel / Zora Neale Hurston ; with a new foreword by Mary Helen Washington.
  • The changeling : a novel / by Victor LaValle.
  • Invisible man / Ralph Ellison.
  • The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness / Michelle Alexander.
  • I know why the caged bird sings / Maya Angelou.
  • Go tell it on the mountain / James Baldwin.
  • How long ’til black future month? / Stories / N. K. Jemisin


  • Take a hint, Dani Brown : a novel / Talia Hibbert
  • Red at the Bone / Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Vanishing Half / Brit Bennett


  • I’m still here : black dignity in a world made for whiteness / Austin Channing Brown
  • Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor / Layla F. Saad
  • How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi
  • So you want to talk about race / Ijeoma Oluo
  • Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? : and other conversations about race / Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Antiracist Baby / Ibram X. Kendi


  • The Hate u Give / Angie Thomas
  • Dear Martin
  • All American Boys
  • Opposite of Always
  • Children of Blood and Bone
  • Akata Witch



  • 28 days : Moments in Black History that Changed the World / Charles R. Smith Jr. ;illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  • The ABCs of Black History / words by Rio Cortez; pictures by Lauren Semmer
  • Hand in Hand : Ten Black Men Who Changed America / by Andrea Davis Pinkney paintings by Brian Pinkney
  • Little Leaders : Bold Women in Black History / Vashti Harrison
  • The Undefeated / by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • What is the Civil Rights Movement? / by Sherri L. Smith ; illustrated by Tim Foley
  • Young, Gifted and Black : Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present / words by Jamia Wilson illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Picture books

  • Cool Cuts / written & illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe
  • A Girl Like Me- Angela Johnson (local author-lives in Kent)
  • Going Down Home with Daddy / written by Kelly Starling Lyons ; illustrated by Daniel Minter
  • Hands up! / by Breanna J. McDaniel ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  • Magnificent Homespun Brown : A Celebration / written by Samara Cole Doyon ; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
  • Me & Mama / Cozbi A. Cabrera
  • Overground Railroad / Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome

Graphic Novels

  • Black Heroes of the Wild West / a toon graphic by James Otis Smith, introduction by Kadir Nelson
  • New Kid and Class Act-Jerry Craft

Juvenile Fiction

  • Becoming Muhammad Ali : a novel / James Patterson and Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile
  • Before the Ever After / Jacqueline Woodson
  • Blended / Sharon M. Draper
  • Genesis Begins Again / Alicia D. Williams
  • King and the Dragonflies / Kacen Callender
  • Loretta Little Looks Back : Three Voices Go Tell It : A Monologue Novel / by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrations by Brian Pinkney
  • The Only Black Girls in Town / by Brandy Colbe
  • What Lane? / Torrey Maldonado


  • Southside with You
  • Race
  • Detroit
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • The Color Purple
  • Hidden Figures
  • Fruitvale Station
  • 42
  • Selma
  • Loving
  • The Wiz
  • The Queen of Katwe
  • A Ballerina’s Tale
  • Twelve Years a Slave
  • The Great Debaters
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Malcom X
  • The Tuskegee Airman
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble
  • The Hate U Give
  • Fences

For kids:

  • Barack Obama, Overcoming Barriers
  • Heroes of Freedom. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks -Mazzarella Media
  • March On! The Day my Brother Martin Changed the World– And More Stories About African American history


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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update:
Ohio is distributing COVID-19 vaccines to its oldest residents and those most at-risk first.

Ohio is in Phase 1b of its vaccination distribution plan which also includes Ohioans ages 65 and older (totaling about 2.2 million people).

As Ohio continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, sharing accurate, reliable information with at-risk communities to help reduce vaccine hesitancy remains a high priority. The Ohio Department of Health has put together a series of COVID-19 vaccine town halls with medical experts to address common concerns and questions. These town halls are a product of the Minority Health Vaccine Team meetings that OLC participates in. The events will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, and at on the following dates and times:

• Mon., Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. – African American Ohioans
• Tues., Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. – Hispanic/Latino Ohioans
• Mon., March 1, 6:30 p.m. – Asian American and Pacific Islander Ohioans
• Tues., March 2, 6:30 p.m. – Rural Ohioans

During a recent press briefing, Gov. DeWine said that the state is developing a central coronavirus vaccine registration website that will allow Ohioans to sign up for the vaccine and is working to add providers to the system. The statewide portal will allow people to confirm what eligibility group they are in and also let them find providers and schedule a vaccine appointment. Current vaccine providers are listed on the Ohio Department of Health website.

More information about Ohio’s vaccine distribution plan is available at


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Virtual Classes for Local Schools

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The Cuyahoga Falls Library (CFL) recently launched a new virtual program series for local schools. Missy Littell, customer experience manager at CFL, is leading the 3D Print and MakerSpace program along with Carolanne Tkach, technology trainer. St. Joseph Parish School piloted the program that other local schools can replicate.

CFL held the first class remotely in October, and subsequent programs have continued for grades five through eight. October classes were virtual tours of the MakerSpace with a paper circuit activity at the end. The library distributed kits ahead of time so students could follow along live.  November classes were 3D print design and all students made a bookmark. Bookmarks were printed and delivered to the school after the course ended.

“We are excited to bring the MakerSpace to students,” says Missy Littell, who organized the program and leads the library’s MakerSpace and tech classes. “We know teachers face new challenges with COVID-19. This partnership is one of many ways the library can offer critical support and variety to the lesson plans. We strive to be a continued resource for STEM growth and educational development.”

For teachers interested in offering similar programs to their class, please contact Missy Littell or call 330.928.2117 x155. Virtual classes can be customized to suit the needs of grades 2-12. For more information on virtual MakerSpace programs for all ages, visit


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Issue 45: Library Levy Passed!

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Thank you for your support of the Cuyahoga Falls Library Levy Issue 45, which passed at 67.5%. This levy ensures continued investment in the library and the communities we serve. We are committed to providing quality service, growing our collection, making necessary building updates, developing important collaborations with schools, and offering great programming for children, students, and adults in our community. We look forward to our future as a community and a safe, positive library experience every step of the way. Thank you to our community, dedicated staff, and board members for this success!

We pledge to adapt and fine-tune services, technology, programming, and materials collections without increasing taxes for the next five years.  We will provide a robust collection of physical and digital books. We pledge to continually improve computer and online services, maintain the building for the next generation, provide expanded educational programming to students and technology programming for all ages.  We’ve already started by offering a multitude of library programs virtually from storytimes to MakerSpace partnerships with local schools.  We’re reformulating services to support career readiness, workforce skills training, and community economic development.  We also recognize families need time to connect by having fun—our Library of Things offers robotics, games, and crafting tools.  Unwind with music or a DVD.  We look forward to serving you in person, online, or through our drive-thru window. See our website at or call us at 330-928-2117 to learn more.

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Computer Usage by Appointment and Children Welcome Back

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The Cuyahoga Falls Library plans to welcome children back to the library and resume public computer usage on Tuesday, August 25.

Computer usage will be available by appointment only. Visit the website at or call 330-928-2117 x2000 to schedule an appointment.

Guidelines for Computer Usage:

  • Computers may be reserved for up to one hour per day.
  • Reservations may be made up to a week in advance.
  • Computers are available starting 15 minutes after the library opens, and ending 15 minutes before the library closes.
  • There will be 15 minutes between reservations for staff to clean the workstation.
  • The first open hour of each day is reserved for the vulnerable population.
  • All visitors to the library must wear a mask or proper face covering for the entire duration of their visit to the library. Mask must cover the nose, mouth, and chin.

Children may return to the library to browse for 30 minutes and utilize computers by appointment as well. The staff will be using socially distant methods and software to assist patrons during computer usage. However, it is important to note there may be limits to staff assistance given the 6 feet social distancing policies.

The library will continue to update the public as adaptations are made to services and offerings. Visit for the most current hours, services, and information. Upcoming virtual programming dates can be found at

Library hours are Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Community Scavenger Hunt

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Can you help? Some of our favorite book characters have escaped from the library!

Here’s what you need to get started:

Scavenger Hunt Character Form – Turn in at the drive-thru window/inside the library during open hours or scan/email to

Community Scavenger Hunt Clues

Use the clues to find the characters on the windows of businesses in downtown Cuyahoga Falls. (Start by turning left out of the library parking lot onto 2nd street) Circle the characters you find and return your completed entry form by August 15th to the Cuyahoga Falls Library to be entered into a drawing for an art prize pack.* (Find at least 6 characters)

*prize made possible through generous donations from Friends of the Cuyahoga Falls Library and Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. 

*prize made possible through generous donations from Friends of the Cuyahoga Falls Library and Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. 

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Roof Replacement

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In August, the library will be under construction for a partial roof replacement. All work will be done on the exterior of the building. The project will run for two months, 7 days a week, weather permitting. Cones will be stationed to direct traffic up to the drive-thru window.

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