Big Blast of Space
All ages are invited to join magician and ventriloquist Paul Adams for the Big Blast of Space Science Show! No registration is required. Thank you to the Galion Community Foundation and the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this event!
Mr. Puppet
All ages are invited to join puppeteer Bob Adbou for a special performance. No registration is required. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this event! Wed, Jul 17th at 2pm.
Ages 11-18 are invited to come play BINGO and win teen books and other prizes! No registration is required.
Art Attack (Grades 1-5)
Kids going into grades 1-5 are invited to join Nancy to create some fascinating art using bleeding tissue paper. Registration is required. Please call or stop in to register. Space is limited. Mon, Aug 5th, 4:30-5:30pm.
Children's Room Closed
The Children's Room will be closed for carpeting August 12-16. We will reopen on Saturday, August 17. The upstairs will remain open all week. Regularly scheduled children's and teen events (LEGO Club, Anime Club, Teen Board, Teen Games Night) will not occur this week.
  • Mon, Aug 12th
  • Tue, Aug 13th
  • Wed, Aug 14th
  • Thu, Aug 15th
  • Fri, Aug 16th
Ohio Room Closed
The Ohio Room and the local history and genealogy collection will be unavailable starting August 12th while renovations are performed.
Thanks for bearing with us through this effort. The Ohio Room will re-open on Monday, August 19th hopefully on Wednesday, August 21st eventually.
Update: As of Friday, August 30th, the Ohio Room has now reopened. Thanks for your patience.
Story Time
Join us this fall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30am for stories, games, music, crafts, and other activities. The new Storytime schedule starts August 20th.
Family Learn and Play Monday
Play, build, and manipulate open-ended materials into any creation you can imagine. This program is for families. Adults are requested to stay and participate with their children. You do not need to register for this program: you can just show up.
  • Mon, Sep 16th, 4:30-5:30pm, Build and Create: Building with Boxes
  • Mon, Oct 21st, 4:30-5:30pm, Sculpt and Shape: play dough, clay, and foam
  • Mon, Nov 18th, 4:30-5:30pm, Making Faces: self portrait art and play
  • Mon, Jan 20th, 4:30-5:30pm, Pipes
  • Mon, Feb 17th, 4:30-5:30pm, Golf Course
  • Mon, Mar 16th, 4:30-5:30pm, Straws
  • Mon, Apr 20th, 4:30-5:30pm, Recyclables
Mobile Hotspots
Check out the internet just like a book at Galion Public Library.
Thanks to a partnership with Sprint, the GPL is now offering mobile hotspots to its patrons. A mobile hotspot is a portable device that provides internet access to any Wi-Fi enabled device. They can be used anywhere — at home, in a car, in the park — any place covered by the Sprint network.
Below are the guidelines for checking out the mobile hotspots:
  • Borrower must be an adult and have an active GPL (or COOL) library card.
  • Borrower may not check out more than one hotspot at a time.
  • Borrower must return the hotspot and all accessories (case, adapter and USB cord) in order for it to be deemed returned.
  • Hotspots are checked out for 2 weeks, no renewals.
  • Patrons may place a hold on a hotspot. However, you must wait 24 hours after returning one device before checking out another hotspot.
  • Hotspots must be returned to a staff member at the GPL Circulation Desk during library hours.
    This means hotspots may not be returned in a book drop or to other libraries, even if they are also a member of COOL.
  • If the hotspot is lost or not returned by the due date, the wireless service will be terminated and the hotspot will become unusable.
  • Internet access through the hotspot is provided by Sprint and is subject to Sprint's Acceptable Use Policy, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Use.
The following are the fines and fees for mobile hotspots:
  • $2 fine per day
  • $5 fine for returning a hotspot through the book drop
  • $60 fee to replace a lost hotspot and accessories
View our mobile hotspot brochure here.
Activity Kits
Be creative and enjoy new experiences in the privacy of your home.
Check out a mobile hotspot to access the Internet anywhere; learn how to make your own ice cream with the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker; see a world of stars with the Orion Starblast Telescope; and more!
How does it work?
  • You must be 18 or older to check out the Orion Starblast Telescope and the Mobile HotSpots. For all other kits, you must be at least 13 years old.
  • Speak to the librarian at the Circulation Desk to request an Activity Kit.
  • To check out, you must have an active library card in our system.
  • If you would like to borrow a mobile hotspot, you must sign a rental agreement.
  • Enjoy for 7-14 days, and return.
Current Activity Kits
  • Baking
  • Blood Pressure
  • Coloring
  • Gardening
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Metal Detector
  • Mobile Hotspots (5)
  • Telescope
  • Snow Cone Machine
  • Tools
  • Pumpkin Carving
Activity Kit Guidelines:
  1. Patron must return kits to the Galion Public Library.
  2. Patron is responsible for all contents in the kit. There will be a charge for lost items, including replacement of the whole set if items cannot be purchased individually.
  3. Please clean appropriate items after use.
  4. Most kits circulate for one week. (Mobile hotspots circulate for two weeks.)
  5. Late fees are $1 per day on kits, except for mobile hotspots, which are $2 per day.
  6. Mobile hotspots cannot be renewed. Other kits can be renewed unless there is a hold for another patron.
  7. Library staff will examine the contents with you when checking a kit in or out.
  8. A maximum of two kits may be checked out at a time.
Family Movie Matinee
Join us to watch a family movie on our big screen. Refreshments will be provided. Blankets and pillows are welcome.
Maker Mania
Stop in for a different STEM project, activity, or challenge each month. This program is held on the 4th Tuesday each month, 4:30—6:30pm. You do not have to register for this, you can just show up.
Spring Series: Yoga on the Lawn
Oasis Yoga Studio will present this series of programs. Ages 13+ are welcome.
  • Sat, Jul 27th at 11am
  • Sat, Aug 17th at 11am
  • Sat, Aug 31st at 11am
Ohio's Place in Space
Greg Brown from Armstrong Air and Space Museum will present Ohio's Place in Space. Sat, Aug 24th, 1-2:30pm.
Shark in the Library
Drop in for crafts and games, any time between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, September 14th.
Used Book Sale
Please join the Friends of the Library for their semi-annual sale. Materials for sale include books, movies, music, and puzzles. All items are sold on a donation basis (without specified prices). A preview night will be held on Wednesday, October 2 for Friends members only. Membership is $5 a year and new members can join on the spot. Thu, Oct 3rd, 9-8pm, Fri, Oct 4th, 9-5pm, and Sat, Oct 5th, 9-Noon.
Dory Fantasmagory
Help us celebrate the upcoming release of Abby Hanlon's 5th Dory Fantasmagory book, Tiny Tough, with crafts and activities all about one of our favorite imaginative rascals! Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm to join in the fun. Registration is not required, as this is a drop-in event. All ages are welcome, but children under 8 must be accompanied. Sat, Oct 5th, 11-3pm.
Halloween Movie and Activities
Join us at the library on Saturday, October 26th for some Halloween fun. A Halloween movie will show at 10:30am and at 2pm. There will be crafts from 11am—3pm, and Trick-or-Treat 1-2pm
Get Crafty: Window Clings
  • Wed, Sep 4th at 4:30pm, Window Clings
Trivia Night at the Gill House
  • Fri, Aug 2nd, 6-7:30pm, Popular Culture
  • Fri, Oct 4th, 6-7:30pm, Halloween Trivia
Jim Kleefeld: The Spirits Speak
Listen to Jim Kleefeld's stories. See and learn about Spirit Trumpets, Voiceless Dolls, Ectoplasm, Message Frames, and various spiritualist powers. Sat, Oct 19th at 1pm.
Movie Night
Join us and watch a movie on our big screen.
Pumpkin Decorating for Teens
Individuals in grades 6-12 are invited to drop in anytime between 4:00 & 6:00 pm to decorate mini pumpkins. All supplies are provided. No registration is required for this drop-in event. Tue, Oct 15th, 4-6pm.
Herbal Winter Remedies
Sat, Nov 2nd at 2pm.
Making Oils and Salves
Sat, Nov 16th at 2pm.
Drop in any time the library is open during the month of November for dinosaur-themed crafts and activities.
Parr Insurance Medicare 101
Do you have Medicare questions? Parr Insurance would like to invite you to one of our Medicare 101 Events. The meeting will be held at Galion Public Library. Wed, Oct 30th at 3pm.
Book Bingo
  • Mon, Oct 7th at 6pm
  • Thu, Dec 12th at 6pm
Get Crafty: Gingerbread House Decorating
Tree Decorating Contest
Individuals, families, organizations, and businesses are invited to enter our tree decorating contest. Trees may be submitted November 25-27 or 30. The public may vote for their favorite tree once daily from December 2-6. The 2 trees with the most votes will win prizes. Requirements: Trees must be under 2 feet tall and able to stand up on their own. Living trees may be used, but must be in a pot or base. Trees may be created by someone else (artificial trees or craft base) but decorated by the entrants, or the entire tree may be handmade by the entrants out of any materials they choose. You may decorate using any theme you would like, but please keep it family-friendly.
  • Mon, Nov 25th
  • Tue, Nov 26th
  • Wed, Nov 27th
  • Sat, Nov 30th
  • Mon, Dec 2nd
  • Tue, Dec 3rd
  • Wed, Dec 4th
  • Thu, Dec 5th
  • Fri, Dec 6th
Teen Book BINGO
Individuals in grades 6-12 are invited to come play BINGO and win teen books and other prizes. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required. Thu, Jan 9th, 6-7:30pm.
Teen Book Chat
Individuals in grades 6-12 are invited to drop in to chat about books. You may come prepared to talk about any books you would recommend or simply join us and learn about new books recommended by other teens. Teens are welcome to discuss and recommend children's, teens' or adult books. Heather will also share some new children's and teen books. Refreshments will be served. Registration is requested. Thu, Feb 6th, 5:30-6:30pm, Thu, Mar 5th, 5:30-6:30pm, and Thu, Apr 2nd, 5:30-6:30pm.
Teen Masquerade Party
Individuals ages 12-18 are invited to an after-hours masquerade party. This year's party will have a Lunar New Year theme. Advance registration is required. Registration will close on January 23. Costumes are highly encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Sat, Jan 25th, 7-9pm.
Music at the Library: Simple Gifts
Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. This award-winning band performs on an impressive array of instruments, including two violins, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, recorders, banjo, and guitar plus some more unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, baritone fiddle, shruti box, banjolin, guitjo, and doumbek.
Simple Gifts presents a wide variety of ethnic folk music, including everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes. Throughout their performances, they put their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, blending styles from diverse cultures with their American roots.
Sat, Dec 7th at 1pm.
Arctic Blast Obstacle Course
Join us in the Children's Room for active indoor fun. Sat, Jan 4th, 11-2pm.
Join us Mondays at 6:30pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30am through the end of July for stories, games, music, crafts, and other activities.
Come Home to Galion Open House
Please join us for our open house, featuring the musical group Simple Gifts. We will also have card decorating, face painting, and balloon animals. Carriage/wagon rides between the library and Brownella Cottage will be available from 1-2:45pm. Don't forget to pick up a sweet treat baked by local favorites - Cake & Icing and Bill's Bakery. This year's door prizes are an iPad and a family membership to the Columbus Zoo. Sat, Dec 7th, 1-3pm.
Lego Club
Kids ages 5-12 are invited to join us and build on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 4:30-5:30pm. You do not need to register for this program, you can just show up.
Science Geeks
We'll have a different science, technology, engineering, or math theme each month. For ages 8-12. We meet at 4:30pm on the fourth Tuesday each month. No registration is required.
Teen Board
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in the library's Teen Board. The Teen Board meets monthly to plan teen programs and select materials for the YA collection. Teens do not need to register before attending.
Games Night
Join us for board games and card games. Bring your own game or play one of ours. Grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. Refreshments are provided. No registration is needed.
Anime Club
Join us for anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese culture. Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome. You do not need to register for the anime club: you can just show up.
[CLOSED] The library will be closed in observance of the holiday.
Anime Club
Join us for anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese culture. Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome. You do not need to register for the anime club: you can just show up.
  • Tue, Sep 10th, 6:30-8pm
  • Tue, Oct 8th, 6:30-8pm
  • Tue, Nov 12th, 6:30-8pm
  • Tue, Dec 10th, 6:30-8pm
  • Tue, Jan 14th, 6:30-8pm
  • Tue, Feb 11th, 6:30-8pm
  • Tue, Mar 10th, 6:30-8pm
  • Tue, Apr 14th, 6:30-8pm
  • Tue, May 12th, 6:30-8pm
Games Club
Join us for board games and card games. Bring your own game or play one of ours. Grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. Refreshments are provided. No registration is needed.
  • Thu, Jul 18th, 6-8pm
  • Thu, Sep 19th, 6-8pm
  • Thu, Oct 17th, 6-8pm
  • Thu, Nov 21st, 6-8pm
  • Thu, Dec 19th, 6-8pm
  • Thu, Jan 16th, 6-8pm
  • Thu, Feb 20th, 6-8pm
  • Thu, Mar 19th, 6-8pm
  • Thu, Apr 16th, 6-8pm
  • Thu, May 21st, 6-8pm
Teen Board Meeting
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the library's Teen Board. The Teen Board meets monthly to plan teen programs and select materials for the YA collection. Teens do not need to register before attending.
  • Thu, Jul 18th, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, Sep 19th, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, Oct 17th, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, Nov 21st, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, Dec 19th, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, Jan 16th, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, Feb 20th, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, Mar 19th, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, Apr 16th, 5:30-6pm
  • Thu, May 21st, 5:30-6pm
Library Board Meeting
  • Mon, Jul 15th
  • Mon, Aug 19th
  • Mon, Sep 16th
  • Mon, Oct 21st
  • Mon, Nov 18th
  • Mon, Dec 16th
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