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Teen Maker Space

Teens are invited to Teen Maker Space at Grove City Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

A more advanced and tech-oriented version of Tinker Lab for older kids, the program explores real world applications of technology and science.

Let's Talk About...

Westland Area Library's adult book discussion group will discuss Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

Read the book and come prepared to discuss it with fellow book lovers.

Blueberries for Sal

Join us for a story along with activities, a craft, and a snack inspired by the beloved children's book "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey.

This program will be in Large Meeting Room B at Grove City Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.

For children ages 4-7.

Agreement to offer free access to online courses

Interested in learning what it takes to be a web developer? How about a digital illustrator? Or a computer programmer?

Starting Sept. 1, Ohio residents with a valid library card, including patrons of Southwest Public Libraries, will be able to access thousands of online professional development courses, remotely and in the library, for free.

The Ohio Library Council (OLC) and the Ohio Public Library Information Netword (OPLIN) recently announced a partnership with LinkedIn to offer free access to, an online service network of more than 12,000 self-guided courses on subjects such as business, computer programming, design, photography, and software development. These self-guided, video courses are taught by industry experts, designed for any skill level, and useful to anyone looking to learn business, technology, and creative skills. is a paid subscription, but through the agreement among the OLC, OPLIN, and LinkedIn (the parent company of, any Ohio library cardholder will be able to access the service through any computer with internet access.

This agreement, according to information from OPLIN and the OLC, is the first of its kind in the nation between LinkedIn and a statewide system of public libraries.

This is an exciting development, allowing libraries to offer another valuable resource to patrons, small businesses, employers, and local organization. Stay tuned for further information as we get closer to the September launch.

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