Cuyahoga Falls Library

Library Updates

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 www.cuyahogafallslibrary.org/computer-reservation 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 www.cuyahogafallslibrary.org for the most current hours, services, and information. Upcoming virtual programming dates can be found at www.cuyahogafallslibrary.org/calendar.

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 mail@cuyahogafallslibrary.org

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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Building to Reopen to Public July 22

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The library has outlined a phased reopening plan to ensure the safety of staff and the community. The plan includes changes to hours and services incrementally to allow for ongoing assessment of safety protocols and adaptation as necessary. The plan, which is currently in Phase Three with virtual programming and drive-thru services, will be transitioning to Phase Four as of July 22. Phase Four includes additional hours and opening the building for quick browsing to adults over the age of 18.

When the library reopens, there will be 30 minute grab & go services with limited browsing and the first 30 minutes of each day will be dedicated time for vulnerable population. Masks will be required for entry into the building to ensure patron and staff safety. Hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesdays 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

While the building has been closed to the public, the staff have been working hard to fulfill holds, operate drive-thru services, circulate materials and prep the interior for social distancing measures. Plexiglass shields have been installed and high touch items have been removed from circulation. Staff have also rearranged computer and reference spaces to maximize distancing as well as implemented directional guides to maintain traffic flow. Computers will be available by appointment sometime in August. The library will continue to update the public as adaptations are made to the plan. Visit www.cuyahogafallslibrary.org for the most current hours, service offerings and information. Upcoming virtual programming dates can be found at www.cuyahogafallslibrary.org/calendar.

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Library FAQ’s

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Q. Is the library closed?
A. The Cuyahoga Falls Library is open for drive-thru & quick browsing services 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Learn more about virtual programming on our calendar. 

Q. Can I return library books? 
A. Yes, you can return books and library materials in the regular book drop. Returns will be processed 7-10 days after being returned and any fines that accrue during that time period will be waived. 

Q. Will I be fined for library materials I have at home?
A. Fines will not accumulate until August 1, 2020. 

Q. Are you offering printing services? 
A. At this time we are offering printing through our mobile printing service. We can retrieve a print job during open T/Th/Sat hours. Learn how to mobile print. After pre-paying by credit card or paypal, the Printeron service will give you a code.  Send us the code so we can print off your print job. We will then let you know when your print job is waiting at the drive-thru.

Q. Is there a Summer Reading Program? 
A. Yes! Children, teen and adults are welcome to participate in our online Summer Reading Program. No registration required, simply start logging reading time. For more information on how to participate and prizes, click here

Q. I don’t have a library card at Cuyahoga Falls Library, can I get one? 
A. We are processing library cards at the drive-thru. We will provide you an application that you can fill out in your car and then bring back to the drive-thru window when you are finished! We also are offering digital collection only cards-Get an eCard.

Q. What are you doing to protect patrons and staff? 
A. While the building is closed, teams of library staff are working on safety procedures and protocols to reopen in phases that include drive-thru window and curbside service. To enhance the safety of staff and customers, we are rearranging and sanitizing the interior of the entire building. 

Q. What will it look like when the library reopens? 
A. The library plans to reopen in phases following COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC, Governor DeWine’s Responsible Restart Ohio, government officials, and local authorities. These guidelines will continue to guide decisions over the coming weeks and months. 

Q. What else should I know? 

  • If you have placed items on hold, wait until you receive the notification that your holds are ready for pick-up. Come by the library during our open hours and utilize the drive-thru to pick-up your holds.  SearchOhio holds and holds on available items may be delayed.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available to use in the parking lot from your car.
  • Free eBooks, magazines, and movie streaming are available on our digital resources page. Don’t have a card? Get an eCard.
  • Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive updated resources & information delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Talk to a Librarian! We’re still answering questions. Just call 330-928-2117, leave a message, and we’ll call you back. Also, our tech trainer will be returning calls from 3 to 7 on Tuesdays.
  • You can also submit questions online using our contact page and we’ll reply by email.

 

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Library Opening for Drive-Thru Services

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Cuyahoga Falls Library Opens Drive-Thru Services

After detailed planning following the recommendations from Governor DeWine’s Responsible Restart Ohio, the library will be reopening for drive-thru services the first week of June. Starting Tuesday, June 2, hours will be 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. The library will also be accepting returns during open hours. All staff will be required to take their temperatures and wear a mask or face covering according to CDC guidelines.

To schedule a time slot for hold pick-ups:

  1. Place an item on hold through our website, app or give us a call 330-928-2117 x2001.
  2. Wait until you receive a notification that your item is ready to be picked up. We will be open for drive-thru pickup from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  3. Pull up to drive-thru window to pickup your materials.

In the event curbside service is necessary: 

  1. When you arrive, pull to the back area in the parking lot with the orange cones. Park in a labeled spot.
  2. Call us and let us know what spot you are in.
  3. We will bring your items out to your car, please stay in your car. We will bring a cart out with your materials to maintain social distancing. Please wear a mask or face covering.

To drop off library materials:

  1. The book drop is open. You may also return items in the large trash bins designated for book returns in front of our building.
  2. Drive-up and return your items in the bins 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday or 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Returned items will not be removed from your library card record for 7-10 days.
  3. No fees will be accrued during these times, we understand that the limited hours will make it difficult to return items.

These guidelines will continue to guide decisions over the coming weeks and months. All in-house library programming is canceled through at least June 30.

The following services will also be offered through the library:

  • The drive-thru will be open for holds pick-up, virtual printing and tax forms.
  • Contact us by phone, email, virtual chat and online. For reference questions, call 330-928-2117, leave a message, and a staff member will return your call.
  • Free WiFi is available in the library parking lot 24/7.
  • Visit cuyahogafallslibrary.org/digital-resources for access to digital ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, online learning and more.
  • If you don’t have a library card, you can sign-up for a digital card by visiting cuyahogafallslibrary.org/e-only-cards
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Library Plans to Reopen in Phases

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Dear Library Customer,

The Cuyahoga Falls Library’s top priority is the health and safety of staff and community.

The library plans to reopen in phases following COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC, Governor DeWine’s Responsible Restart Ohio, government officials, and local authorities. These guidelines will continue to guide decisions over the coming weeks and months. The Cuyahoga Falls Library plans to remain closed through at least May 31 and all in-house library programming is canceled through June 30.

While the building is closed, teams of library staff are working on safety procedures and protocols to reopen in phases that include drive-thru window and curbside service. To enhance the safety of staff and customers, we are rearranging and sanitizing the interior of the entire building. We hope to reopen the book drop prior to reopening the building. All overdue fines during the closure will be waived.

While our doors are closed, the following services will still be offered through the library:

* Contact us by phone, email, and online. For reference questions, call 330-928-2117, leave a message, and staff will return your call between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, our tech trainer will be returning calls from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

* Free WiFi is available in the library parking lot 24/7. * Visit www.cuyahogafallslibrary.org/digital-resources for access to digital ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, online learning and more.

* If you don’t have a library card, you can sign-up for a digital card by visiting www.cuyahogafallslibrary.org/e-only-cards

* Visit our Facebook page for updates on virtual programming offerings. www.facebook.com/fallslibrary

Thank you for your tremendous support during this public health crisis. The decisions we willingly take to stay home, wear masks, and practice social distancing will protect our loved ones.

We miss our customers and look forward to seeing you again.

Stay well,

Valerie Kocin
Director, Cuyahoga Falls Library

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Reasons to Complete the Census

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Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future. You can learn more in the Census Bureau’s “Why We Ask” [PDF], and you can complete the census online at 2020census.gov.

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