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What a delight to be able to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bexley Library! Probably my first trip to this library was in 1969 or 1970 when I needed more resources than were available in the Reynoldsburg Branch of the Columbus Library for high school papers. I loved traveling to Bexley for research! Now, over 50 years later, and having been a patron of libraries on three continents (numerous countries), I still love coming "home," traveling down Main Street and seeing the library, still standing strong, a symbol of learning and enjoyment for thousands of people. Now, I volunteer at my local library in Alexandria, Virginia, helping with programs and just doing the mundane tasks of accepting deliveries and shelving books, but so much of my life-long love of libraries started right here. Thank you Bexley!

-Julia Clark

I had just discovered that I had COVID. My first response was to call the Bexley Library to ask that a book be delivered. In a matter of half an hour the book was delivered. When I opened the door I saw something yellow and I wondered what that could be. I was a beautiful artificial rose. That rose is still in my home. It is a testament to the kindness of a librarian named Mary and a testimony to all gracious librarians. Thank you, Mary and all employees of the Bexley Library for going the extra mile.

-Catherine Adamescu

Since moving to Columbus in May 2009, I've relied on the Bexley Public Library for education and entertainment.

BPL has saved me well over $20,000 in books, CDs and DVDs over the 15 years. I've also enjoyed attending special author and music events and seeing the variety of local art adorning the walls.

The library is a delightful community space where I expand my knowledge and find my next great read! Thank you to the Bexley Public Library staff, board of directors, and the voters who consistently vote to support it!

-Jessica Burchard

BPL is always a place I know I can come to for fun reading, diving deep into my masters program, or just to have a quiet place outside of home. I always enjoy the smiling faces, and helpful folks who work at BPL. It's my "home away from home." - Coryn Gonzales

I came to bpl as a child myself, after school to work on homework or browse the magazines with friends. now that im grown with my own children i am so glad to bring them back here. one of my favorite memories is as young mother, i brought my toddler one evening all dressed for pajama dance party, however i had gotten the days wrong, i was feeling very embarrassed having dragged him out and not dressed appropriatley for public. miss julie jumped right in and put on dance party for us and anyone else who happened to be playing in the childrens area that evening. - Hannah Loveless

Shout out to our library staff who are the ABSOLUTE BEST. We're all down with covid at our house (we're on the mend) and the library folks have pulled a stack of books and crafts for our kids and are DELIVERING them to our doorstep this afternoon.

I'm always amazed by how awesome everyone there is, but we're particularly in love with the Youth Services staff. - JM

I wanted to share something fun with you all. I lived in Columbus for a year, 2019—2020, and wrote a novel during that time. I wrote the majority of that book in your quiet room, which was perfectly suited to my needs. It was a lovely place and my encounters with your staff were always so nice. Anyway, I'm proud to say that I sold that book. It will be published in January 2024. I just wanted to express my appreciation and thanks—so, thank you! - ZC

In 6 words, tell us what you love about your library!

  • Full of endless inspiration and knowledge!
  • Displaying art makes us feel smart.
  • The best most helpful staff ever!
  • Fun and exciting things to do!
  • Books and more - my happy place!
  • So many wonderful staff and activites!
  • Super helpful librarians with wonderful books.

You are the best. I love the Bexley Library. The staff is so wonderful, welcoming and helpful! You stepped right up with the Covid situation. Thank you all. I lost my husband and my comfort is reading. You have picked out books for me that have helped me through this difficult time. -DD

On behalf of the East High School Administrative Team, I wanted to say thank you for accommodating us this week. Your team of professionals were phenomenal. They were very welcoming, accessible, and efficient. We were grateful that we were able to go to our neighborhood library and continue with educating our students, as well as meet the needs of our families. Your staff's smiling faces, and genuine customer service assured us that we made the right decision to work within your facility. We wish you and your staff continued success. Job well done!! -KW

Excellent work with the seed library and working to continue the Love Your Alley initiative! So happy we live in a community that supports libraries, growing native, cycling a gardening." - LM

The two ladies at the front deak were extremely nice and helpful. Sue notarized a document for me. The customer service from all of these ladies was "TOP NOTCH." Thank you again!!! - JT

We love it when the library comes (to Jeffrey Mansion), especially when it's Marily Myers!! Thank you! We had a blast!! -LM

I just wanted to acknowledge JOSH for a successful presentation last night of The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in the Auditorium. He hosted an enthusiastic crowd that appeared to be pleased with the show. After all, Josh did his "homework" when it came to mixing the movie to the music! NICE!! Thank you once again. -JH

Thank you so much for the NOON YEAR BALL event. Our children joined right in as soon as we arrived in the auditorium. So many activities offered.... THANK YOU!!! The lowering of the LIGHTED BALL, the noise makers, and the confetti poppers were their highlights - I so loved the smiles it brought to their faces. We attended a few in the past, they've always been FUN... We think this was THE BEST so far. Appreciate all employees involved; special THANKS to your TEEN VOLUNTEERS who definitely helped this run smoothly. -LD

I lived in Chicago and our library was ranked top 50 in the in the country, but I came to this library and I was blown away. You guys do excellent work. I could spend all day in libraries. - RB

Thank you so much for all you do to make my visits welcoming and pleasurable. I am always greeted warmly and appreciate all that you do to help me find the materials I need. -CC

Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts to make your library a welcoming environment, inclusive of all types of people! -RD