Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Community Partners
United Way of Jefferson County
Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County
Help Me Grow
JC Educational Service Center
Trinity Health Systems
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
FREE Books Mailed To Your Children
We are community strong. A collaborative effort has been made for Jefferson County’s children to receive free books at home, as part of the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. PLSJ and several other area agencies, schools, and businesses are committed too.
The program is an extension of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. One book a month is mailed to families of children from birth to five years of age. Each child who is registered will receive a book. So if a family with three children registers each child, then all three will receive a new book each month addressed and mailed to them personally. The cost is $25 per child. Governor Mike DeWine and his wife established state-match funding through 2021. Gulfport Energy Corporation is committed to funding for three years to Jefferson County residents.
A child who can’t read well is four times more likely to drop out of high school before graduation. Ohio’s Future at Work found that in the state of Ohio, 24% of adults do not have a high school diploma. Developing literacy begins at birth. Through the Ohio Governor’s partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the Governor is working to send every child in Ohio from birth to age five a new book each month. Research has shown that a child with 25 books in their home complete an average of two additional years of schooling compared to their peers without books in their home.
United Way of Jefferson County is administering the program. Families can register their children at all library branches, partnering agencies, or the United Way website, www.unitedway-jc.org
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Click & Collect is a new feature on the SEO Libraries app to safely and conveniently pick up hold items from any PLSJ location.
How It Works
1. Download the SEO Libraries app then place a hold on a library book or other physical materials and verify your hold in “My Account.” You will be notified when the hold items are available.
2. Once the hold items are ready choose “Click & Collect.”
3. Enter the information to help staff identify you when items are ready and select “I’m on My Way.”
4. Tap “I’m Here’ when you arrive in the library parking lot.
5. When library staff deliver hold items to your vehicle, hit “Done” to complete the transaction.
If you don’t use mobile apps, no worries. Curbside service is available by calling your PLSJ branch too.
ALL PLSJ BRANCH LOCATIONS CURRENTLY HAVE NON-PROCTORED TESTS.
Not only does having a library card allow you to take home books, but now you can check out passes to museums that are just a short drive away from home.
PLSJ is in partnership with the History Center Affiliates Program and the Whitehall Public Library to offer free admission for up to four people for seven different kits to historical sites and museums in the Pittsburgh area and to one hometown favorite:
•Heinz History Center (includes admission to Fort Pitt Museum and Meadowcroft Rockshelter)
•Historic Fort Steuben
•Duncan & Miller Glass Museum
•Merrick Art Gallery
•Old Economy Village
•Somerset Historical Center
•West Overton Village Museum & Distillery
Pick one kit at checkout. Experience Kits check out for one week at a time and can be reserved in advance. Return the Experience Kit on the due date so another person or family can check it out too.
Experience Kits are available for FREE at each PLSJ location June 1 through December. However, the Heinz History Center kit is available year-round!
The Heinz History Center is one of Pittsburgh’s oldest cultural organizations. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum contains six floors of long-term and changing exhibits with hands-on activities, as well as a multitude of events and programs.
Your admission ticket also provides access to Fort Pitt Museum and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village!
The Fort Pitt Museum tells the story of Western Pennsylvania’s vital role during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Through interactive exhibits, life-like historical figures and artifacts, visitors can discover the important role that our region played in shaping the country.
Your admission ticket also provides access to the Heinz History Center and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village!
A variety of tours and educational experiences are offered at Meadowcroft, a National Historic Landmark. Investigate archeology and the prehistoric people who lived in the area 19,000 years ago; travel 400 years into the past to explore a re-created 16th century Indian village; explore an 18th century frontier trading post; visit a 19th century rural village while learning from re-enactors; and more!
Your admission ticket also provides access to Fort Pitt Museum and Heinz History Center!
Historic Fort Steuben was built in 1786 by the First American Regiment for the protection of surveyors who had been sent by the Continental Congress to map the Northwest Territory. Visitors can tour the reconstructed fort to see the soldiers’ quarters guardhouse, hospital, and commissary, as well as the Federal Land Office. Historic Fort Steuben’s many exhibits, tours, and events tell the story of the daily life of the men who helped open the territories to settlement.
Before the Pittsburgh area became known for its steel, it was once known as the glass manufacturing center of our country. Opened in 1893, the Duncan & Miller Glass Company became famous for its workers’ skill, the artistry of designs, and the glass colors.
The National Duncan Glass Society was formed in 1975 to keep alive the history of glass companies, to study their impact on the economic development of the region, and to celebrate the men and women who made it possible.
The Merrick is home to a collection of French, German, English and American paintings from the 18th and 19th Century, featuring examples of romantic, realistic, and impressionistic art by prominent American and European artists. In addition, a piano played by composer, Stephen Foster, is on display.
Old Economy Village tells the fascinating story of the Harmony Society, a 19th century religious community. Visitors can tour the Visitor Center and many of the settlement’s buildings such as the George Rapp House, Carriage House, Mechanics Building, Wine Cellar, Store, Post Office, Baker House, Bake Oven, Community Kitchen, Cabinet Shop, Blacksmith Shop, and Granary. In these buildings, visitors can observe artifacts on display and learn about the daily life of the Harmonists.
The Somerset Historical Center is a 150-acre rural history museum, which preserves the history of life in southwestern PA through a wide range of exhibits, workshops, and educational programs. At the Visitor Center, stories of the people of southwestern PA through objects of everyday frontier life; also on the grounds visitors can see a 1770’s farmstead with sparse furnishings, a more permanent 1830’s farmstead, an early 19th century covered bridge, a cider press, and a maple sugar camp from 1860.
Workshops are offered on traditional skilled crafts and trades, such as cottage craft coopering, tinsmithing, decorating Pysanky eggs, blacksmithing, rug hooking, and folk toy making.
West Overton Village is the only pre-Civil War village intact in Pennsylvania. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a stop on the American Whiskey Trail. The Village represents the transformation of American culture from an agrarian society with the production of the coverlets and the distilling operation, to a more industrial society with the excavation of coal and ultimately the production of coke, a necessary ingredient for steel.
Today visitors can tour the restored Village’s remaining buildings, including the Overholt Homestead, the Spring House where Henry Clay Frick was born, and the Distillery Museum.
The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County is connecting area residents to affordable computers and Internet service with PCs for People, an organization that helps lower-income individuals and families.
PCs for People and Mobile Beacon formed a partnership, Bridging the Gap, that enables libraries to help bring digital inclusion to their communities. PCs for People offers affordable, high-quality refurbished computers and Mobile Beacon has unlimited, high-speed Internet for as low as $15 a month.
“PLSJ is excited to be partnering with PCs for People and their Bridging the Gap program. If the past year has taught us one thing, it’s that technology is more important than ever. Anything the library can do to help get these resources into the hands of our patrons easily and affordably is a worthwhile endeavor for us,” said Library Director Katie Hildman.
The library will facilitate computer and Internet purchases for eligible individuals. Computer products purchased will be shipped directly to the buyer’s home. PCs for People will provide ongoing support and manage device troubleshooting.
A photo ID and proof of eligibility are needed. A credit card is needed for payment. Contact your library branch for more information.
Bring a document under 6 months old (unless it’s an
annual tax document, then from the most recent tax year) with your name on it (must match name on photo ID).
Acceptable documents include:
• A SNAP statement (EBT card alone is not accepted)
• Insurance card/approval letter for Medical Assistance
• A statement of benefits from: Social Security, General
Assistance, Veteran Administration,
Retirement/Pension, or Unemployment Compensation
• Proof of WIC or Head Start
• Proof of Extended Foster Care
• Section 8 document
• Federal Public Housing document or
Public Housing ID
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
• Free or reduced lunch (National School Lunch
• State, federal, or tribal tax return (W2 forms not
On June 2, 2020, the Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine stated,
“There is racism in Ohio. There is inequality in Ohio. There are both economic and health disparities in Ohio. I am seeking dialogue to solve these problems. We should all be outraged that in the year 2020 in Ohio and across our Nation, there is still inequality of opportunity and racism.”
The American Library Association defines Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for libraries…“”Equity” takes difference into account to ensure a fair process and ultimately, a fair outcome. Equity recognizes that some groups were (and are) disadvantaged in accessing educational and employment opportunities and are, therefore, underrepresented or marginalized in many organizations and [communities]. Equity, therefore, means increasing diversity by ameliorating conditions of disadvantaged groups.
“Diversity” can be defined as the sum of ways that people are both alike and different. When we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual.
“Inclusion” means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have equal access to resources and opportunities; and can contribute fully to the [community’s] success.”
The State Library of Ohio guides Ohio public libraries further…
“The State Library of Ohio believes the highest quality of library services should be available and accessible to all people in the state. We acknowledge that past and present inequity and systemic discrimination have excluded many from the wide range of benefits provided by libraries. Eliminating exclusions to universal, equitable library services demands the recognition, understanding and prioritizations of the history, perspectives, and aspirations of all people. The “all” includes, and is not limited to, people of every racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, economic, educational, geographic, and disability status. Library service will be improved when the community we serve is represented in our work.”
Based on this guidance from the leaders of the Ohio library world, the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Board of Trustees reaffirms the library’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the following resolution:
WHEREAS Public libraries are a trusted and welcoming place and have a rich history of combating censorship, reflecting our communities, and striving toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in our collections, resources, buildings, and staff.
WHEREAS Public libraries provide equitable access to information for ALL people regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, educational background, or disability status.
WHEREAS, The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has created strong partnerships with numerous community organizations representing diverse individuals and groups and continues to seek out new partnerships.
WHEREAS The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County provides lifelong learning programming for all ages to enrich and enhance our understanding of our world.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County reaffirms our commitment as an institution which values not merely freedom of speech but a commitment to the truth, democracy, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Adopted this 16th day of August 2022.