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Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Our One Book, One County program invites all people who work or live in Ashtabula County to join in a conversation about the opioid epidemic affecting our county.

The goal this fall is to engage the entire county in A Journey to Health and Healing through the reading and exploration of Sam Quinones’ award-winning book, Dreamland: the True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic. The Christian Science Monitor says Dreamland is “a book that every American should read”.

County residents are encouraged to read the book and make a point of attending at least one of the many One Book, One County programs.

One Book, One County programs

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
“We Do Recovery” 6:30 p.m.-8:00p.m.
Ashtabula Public Library

Film screening and panel discussion with the survivors depicted in the film.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
“Hidden in Plain Sight” 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Jefferson High School

Experience Bath and Copley Township Police Departments’ construction of what appears to be the bedroom of the average teenager, but items that are taken for granted as usual accessories may actually be signals that the teenager could be involved in risky and even illegal activity including substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more

For those 18 years old and up only.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
“We Do Recovery” 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Austinburg Town Hall

Film screening followed by a presentation from the Ashtabula County Overdose Task Force.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Dreamland Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Ashtabula Library

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Dreamland Book Discussion 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Geneva Library

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
“We Do Recovery” 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Lenox Township Community Center

Film screening followed by a presentation from the Ashtabula County Overdose Task Force.

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
“We Do Recovery” 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Henderson Memorial Public Library

Film screening followed by a presentation from the Ashtabula County Overdose Task Force.

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Bullets ‘N’ Barbecue : A murder-mystery at GVPL

Join us for a “mysteriously fun” afternoon

The Friends of the GVPL present

Bullets ‘N’ Barbecue: Mystery, Murder, Food, and Fun

When: April 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Where: Grand Valley Public Library

Menu: Barbecued Beef Sandwich, Salad, Baked Beans, Dessert and a Beverage.

Cost: $10 per person. All proceeds go to the Friends of the GVPL.

Tickets are “first come, first serve” and are available at the front-desk. For more information call David Strong at 437-8536 (leave a message) or the the library at 437-6545.

Fine Free Fall

Picture of Fall leavesDuring this Fall we will be having “Fine Free Fall.”

If you have any outstanding overdue items or late fines then bring in a non-perishable food item and we will reduce your fine by $1.00 per food item. All of the food we collect will be donated to Country Neighbor.

Federal funding update

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The President’s FY2018 budget requested closing out all Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) operations. Librarians across the county mobilized and on July 13, 2017 the House Appropriations subcommittee that deals with library funding (Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) voted to recommend level funding in FY2018 for IMLS, including $183 million for the Library Services and Technology Act. The House Appropriations Committee voted to approve the bill containing IMLS funding on July 19. Although this is very encouraging, these are only two steps in the congressional appropriations process.


FY18 federal library funding is not yet guaranteed. It is therefore imperative that librarians stay informed and continue to advocate for

federal funds. The attached poster illustrates how federal LSTA funds are used in Ohio. We encourage you to share this information with your staff and constituents.


As more information regarding the federal budget is available the State Library will be sharing information with Ohio libraries.

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