Our Mission Statement
The North Baltimore Public Library strives to serve the entire community's needs for learning and entertainment through print and non-print media, in an atmosphere both open and supportive of patrons' information needs.
The North Baltimore Public Library
230 North Main Street
North Baltimore, Ohio 45872
Monday through Thursday:
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New Year's Day - Memorial Day - Independence Day
Labor Day - Thanksgiving Day - Christmas Eve and Christmas
The Library Board meets on the Third Monday of each month.
All meetings are open to the public.
Picture of original construction completed in 1958.
We've come a long way since then.
At the present time the 13,617 square foot brick library building contains offices for the Director, Assistant Director, Clerk/Treasurer, and Facilities Coordinator, as well as a staff lounge area with kitchen facilities and restroom, a Board Meeting Room, an Arts/ Music room, a computer area in both the adult and children’s sections, and special areas set aside for magazines and newspapers, geneology research, as well as for studying. The building is air-conditioned and has soft-white lighting to ease the strain on the eyes.
There is the Wolfe Community Room with an estimated seating capacity for nearly 200 persons.
The Wolfe Community Room can be rented for $35.oo per day for the entire day. There is a refundable $25 deposit on keys. Keys must be returned in person to the Main Desk for the refund.
There is a kitchen with a refrigerator and a microwave and coffee makers.
The room is rented on a first-come first-served basis
A Short History of the
The NB Public Library was founded in 1919 in a store front at 113 E Broadway. In 1927 it moved to the new school house at 124 S Second
An enlargement of the building was done in 1962.
Another addition to the south was done in 1979. This gave the Library the Bower-Brown Conference Room and the Fowles-Mong Media Room.
Renovation to the original building created the Art & Music Room, now named for Betty L. Thompson, former Librarian and long-time staff member.
In 1987 three additional properties to the south were purchased, the buildings razed and a new Community Room was added along with some much needed storage space.
The old community room became the children’s room and the Ruth Jane Roberts Memorial Collection of Children’s Literature was dedicated. When all was completed in 1988, the library had grown to 57,000 volumes and offers a wide selection of services for the community of
Since 2000 the Library has worked to upgrade many services and is still working to bring
The library went through a much needed renovation in 2002 using money donated from the Mary Bower estate. Mary's mother, Grace, was a long-time board of trustee member.
The Community Room was renamed the Wolfe Community Room in 2006 in honor of the many contributions made by Library Board member and past Library Board President Dr. Ralph H. Wolfe.
A Trading Spaces Grant was awarded to the Library in 2008 by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the State Library of Ohio. Several pieces of new furniture were purchased as well as new signage.
Along with the staff, your library continues to grow and change to meet the needs of a new generation.
In 2013 a Children's Reading program was created and named in honor of former Children's Librarian Kathy Kayle.
Great Success – 180 Persons Subscribed
The Book Campaign was a great success. The solicitors like busy bees, went into every nook and corner of the village returning with rewards for their labors. About 800 donated books will be placed upon the shelves of the library, all the gifts of citizens. Many of the books are handsomely bound and will give a rich appearance to the Library. Fiction and popular novels form a large part of the books, yet there is great variety, sufficient to appeal to the many minds of our many men and women. There are also a number of books for boys and girls. A hasty glance also revealed three sets of encyclopedias.
All solicitors report they were well received and that every one seems happy that the long cherished desire for a library is now about to be a reality.
The work of putting the room into shape is rapidly being pushed by the room committee.
The opportunity of giving books is still open to all who have been missed or those who desire to give additional books. All money should be paid to Mr. Ed Knodle, treasurer, at the Knodle Store. Books may be taken to the following four stores, which in turn will deliver them to the library: Fleckner Clothing Store, Hoffman Drug Store, The Beacon Office and Hemminger’s Grocery.
The committee most heartily thanks the solicitors and the citizens for their splendid Boost.
Is Now on Its Feet and Begins Operation Soon
The effort to secure a Public Library for the citizens of North Baltimore and vicinity is making good progress, and the Library seems now to be an assured fact. Much work remains to be done, however, and there is still need for hearty cooperation and support on the part of all our citizens. At a meeting in the Commerce Club Rooms last Wednesday evening, Mr. Roscoe Carle, president of the Fostoria Library gave an interesting and instructive address on the organization and management of a library. At the close of Mr. Carle’s remarks the following names were proposed as a Board of Trustees and were later elected as the governing board:
D. S. Brown, A.J. B. Longsdorf, Rev, Scharf, O. E. Fleckner, M.F. Leathers, F. Rockwell, D. B. Bushey, Mrs. Grace Bower, Fern Langmade, Hallie Tarr, Mrs. J. W. Borough, Maude Adams, Mrs. F. Butler and Mrs. Arthur French.
From this Board of Trustees the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President – D.S. Brown
Vice President – Mrs. Bower
Secretary – Hallie Tarr
Treasurer – Ed Knodle
Library Com.- A. J. B. Longsdorf, Fern Langmade and Mrs. Frank Butler
Finance Com. – Mrs. Bower, (unreadable), F. Rockwell, Mrs. Arthur French and Oscar E. Fleckner.
Committee on Building – D. S. Brown, D. B. Bushey and Miss Maude Adams.
Within a few weeks a special Book Drive Campaign will be put on by the Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Rev. E. P. Scharf and Mrs. Arthur French.
It is the duty of the state to give each future citizen an opportunity to learn to read; it is the equally its duty to give each citizen an opportunity to use that power wisely, and is an essential part of a broad system of education. Let’s keep boosting the Library!
Boost the Library!
What is the business of this town? Making money! Let us say – and determine to make our saying good – the business of our town is to make true men and virtuous women.
Give a book or the price of a book.
If the Library is a good and necessary thing for our soldiers OVER THERE, why not have one OVER HERE? The Boys are coming home.
Give a book or the price of a book.
You bought Liberty Bonds to make the World Safe For Democracy. Why not buy a book to make Democracy Safe for the World? A solicitor will call on you Tuesday, January 14, 1919.
The individual buys a book, reads it, and stores it away. If he wants it in a hurry, he don’t always know where it is. When he loans it out, it is seldom returned. How different with the Public Library. A place for every book, every book in it’s place. A borrowed book must be returned. A chance for everybody to read the book. Give a book or the price of a book Tuesday. Jan. 11
The North Baltimore Public Library will be
1. A library free for everyone.
2. A boost to every boy and girl who will use it.
3. A wonderful boost to our town.
4. An investment to improve our citizenship.
5. A saving in dollars and cents to every reading and thinking
6. A place where books are kept for you.
7. A place from which you may take books to your home.
8. A place where you may read the best magazines published.
9. A place to meet your friends, and improve your time while you wait.
10. A cheerful, warm place to rest while the rest of the family are shopping.
But don’t forget to give a book or the price of a book, Tuesday, January 14, 1919. A solicitor will call at your home.
Give a Book!
The Public Library
Endorsed by Commercial Club, Ministerial Ass’n, Public Schools and City Administration
Reasons for Boosting the Library
1. It is a Free Library.
2. It is a Public Library.
3. Anyone may read in it’s reading room or borrow a book to read at home.
4. It will have a paid librarian who will take care of the books and property.
5. Our boys and girls ought to have an equal chance with the boys and girls of Findlay, Fostoria, Bowling Green and all other communities having libraries.
6. In the work of uplift and development it is a “pal” of the Public School and a companion of the church.
7. It will afford a good warm room with good magazines and books to read while our friends and families are shopping.
8. We can not buy all the best books and magazines we desire ourselves, but we can obtain them at the Library.
9. We can help more people directly by giving our books or the price of a book than any other contribution of which we know.
10. It is an investment of books and money, the dividends of which will be the happiness developed of others, and a good conscience that we have tried to serve those who want knowledge and good reading.
Signed – M. Roach, Mayor; Ed. P. Scharf, Pres. Ministerial Assn.; Edgar Knodle, Pres. Commercial Club; A. J. B. Longsdorf, Sup’t of Schools.
The Library will be housed in the Gibson Block, the room east of Lathrop’s Music Store. It will be a Free Library, as free as the air we breathe, to all who conduct themselves according to the Library Rules.
Anyone living in North Baltimore and vicinity may not only use the Reading Room, but also may borrow books from the Librarian.
Upon the reading tables of the Library will be found the best representative magazines of each class, suited to the needs and desires of our community.
The Trustees of the Library fully realize that the Library to be a success must contain the books and magazines not only needed but also those desired by the community. The Book Drive Campaign of next Tuesday will offer a splendid opportunity to carry out this idea. The book you bought and enjoyed, no doubt, is the very book your neighbor would enjoy. Why not give it to the Library and let all your neighbors enjoy it. Instead of having it gather dust on the library table, why not have it scatter smiles, sunshine, good cheer and knowledge thru-out the four corners of your village.
Every book containing the name of the donor will be acknowledged by having the contributor’s name written on the gummed library label on the inside front cover of the book.
The Library offers an opportunity to everyone to do something for their village. We have been liberal in helping others, now let us all Boost Our Library.
Give a Book or the Price of a Book Tuesday, January 14, 1919.
From: Weekly Beacon Friday, February 28, 1919
Books will be catalogued this week.
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All books were fumigated in the Library last week.
X X X X
Let us boost the Library to make it a success
X X X X
The North Baltimore Library will soon be open to the public.
X X X X
The Fostoria Library has presented one hundred and twenty-one volumes of good books to our Library.
X X X X
Mr. B. O. Martin, of Delaware, former superintendent of schools, has sent six volumes of very good books.
The North Baltimore Public Library is now open to the public.
All are invited to make use of the books and magazines.
Open every day and evening of the week except Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Mary Fowles, Librarian
The first week the Library was open for circulation there were over 200 books loaned out.
We have received quite a number of books this week and as we are now cataloging same would be pleased to have you bring in all books which you wish to donate to the library.
A number of the April magazines are now here and more will be in within a few days.
Spend a quiet hour in your library.
We now have all the popular magazines, also daily papers, which may be read at the Library each day and evening from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In the past week there has been 433 visitors at the Library.
Each week more interest is being shown in our Library
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