Grafton-Midview Public Library offers more than a good read – Morning Journal
For generations, libraries have been a place of learning, a haven for reading and a gathering place for the community.
But as technology has shifted interest away from books and put more emphasis on streaming, libraries have had to become more than just a place to check out books.
The Grafton-Midview Public Library983 Main St. in Grafton, was no exception to this rule and had to adapt to this ever-changing world.
“We want the library to be a place for the community again,” said communications spokeswoman Tami Mullins.
There is an abundance of content for visitors; as well as events, programs and services that many may not know exist, Mullins said.
“We hold monthly book clubs in dozens of genres,” she said.
One of the most popular book clubs is one for horror lovers called the Dark and Twisty Book Club, as well as a monthly video game club called Level-Up.
According to Mullins, the library has again become an important part of the community by offering different services. This is a place to start the paperwork to obtain a passport and have documents certified.
September is Month of subscription to the National Library cardshe says.
“Our theme this month is ‘Home at the Library,'” Mullins said. “Our goal is to bring people to the library, to make it feel like home so that they come back.
“We will also do giveaways with each person who signs up for a card.”
History of the library
In the early 1940s, Harriet Spitzer led efforts to organize a free public library to serve the Grafton area.
The Grafton-Midview Public Library was chartered as a school district library in 1944.
It was first installed on the second floor of the Grafton School on Elm Street, followed by a later move to the school’s first floor.
In 1971 the library moved to a vacant bank building down the street and around the corner at 983 Main Street – purchase price: $1.
In 1991, a new addition, along with a renovation of the existing building, increased the total area of the library from 2,078 to 11,873.
Grafton-Midview Public Library, one of seven independent public libraries in Lorain County, is located in the southeastern part of the county in northeastern Ohio.
Its service area includes approximately 24,000 residents of Grafton Village, Grafton Township, Eaton Township, and parts of Carlisle Township and Elyria.
The Grafton-Midview Public Library has been automated since 1991 with The library society.
In 1997, the library switched to TLC’s Library.Solution application; the online public access catalog is available on the website.
The library’s Internet service provider is OPLIN, the Ohio Public Library Information Network, which provides our internet access through a 100mg download circuit and an Agile Network microwave transmitter.
To learn more about events and clubs as well as library hours, visit gmlibrary.org or call 440-926-3317.