COVID-19 Update

To the readers, learners, and dreamers of Reed Memorial Library,

I hope this letter finds you well. This experience has been difficult for everyone and each in our own way.  For the Library staff, it has been difficult not to serve each of you who enjoy or rely on what the Library provides.  We have adapted our offerings but we know it’s not the same.

Since the Governor has given clear guidelines on how businesses can reopen, we have outlined a phased approach for reopening the Library.  Our next phase of service will require that the building remain closed. However, next week we will begin offering curbside pickup with more details to share in the coming days.  For now, our book drop is open and we are accepting the return of those materials that have been sitting at home for the past few weeks.  I’m sure it will feel good to return those well-loved items.

Please bear in mind that library service will not be the same in the months to come.  Our staff will be wearing facial coverings, gloves, and maintaining six feet of social distance at all times.  This is for their and your safety.  We are also working hard to find creative ways to provide additional services when it is safe to reopen our doors.  

I wanted to extend a thank you to the Portage County Combined General Health District for their consultation on our plan for reopening and all the work they are doing to keep our communities safe.

While many things have changed, the one thing that has not is the commitment our staff has to serving you.  You will still get the same service with a smile.  It will certainly be different with face coverings, but if you look closely, you’ll see the smiles in our eyes.

Yours in reading, learning, and dreaming,

Brian C. Hare


Please use this opportunity to learn more about our online resources and follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we bring library events and programs to you via social media. Library staff is available Monday through Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm via live chat on this website, by email at and and through Facebook Messenger. 

To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:

  1. Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
  5. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
  6. Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.


Trusted Information Sources

Covid-19 Resources
Portage County Resources:
State of Ohio Resources:
Mental Health Resources


The Worker’s Guide to Unemployment Insurance
This booklet provides important information about unemployment benefits in Ohio, including how to apply, how eligibility is determined, and what must be done to receive payments. It is available in English, Somali, and Spanish. Printed copies of the English version may be ordered.

The Top 10 Things You Should Know
This flyer provides general information about the Unemployment Insurance program, including important telephone numbers and web addresses. It is available in both English and Spanish, and it would be easy to post printed copies on a community bulletin board or other prominent display. for Unemployment Insurance Claimants
This rack card provides a checklist of items needed when applying for unemployment benefits. It also provides a list of the requirements for establishing and maintaining eligibility.

How-to Videos
This web page has links to instructions for using Ohio’s online unemployment benefit system.

Interactive Map
This interactive map can help individuals locate their nearest OhioMeansJobs center, where they can get one-on-one assistance finding their next better job.

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
This website is available 24/7
Or by calling 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408 (excluding holidays) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Economic Support Resources


Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Federal Trade Commission consumer information