Coronavirus Update

Dear Reed Memorial Library Community,

In the best interest of our patrons, staff, and community we have decided to close Reed Memorial Library at the end of business today, Sunday, March 15 until at least April 5th.  This decision was made based on the recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health.  As we learn more about the Coronavirus, it is clear that we cannot fully prevent the virus from spreading if we remain open.    

We do not take this decision lightly.  Our staff and Board have made all efforts to keep our building and services available to the community as long as possible and I applaud them for that work.  As the outbreak escalates and other libraries in our region close, we could see an influx of patrons from other communities which would only increase the likelihood of community transmission.

During this closure we will:

  • Not loan any materials out
  • Forgive all late fees on materials
  • Extend loan periods for all items until April 15th
  • Increase spending on digital resources
  • Increase the monthly allotment of downloads from our Hoopla platform

Please use this opportunity to learn more about our online resources  

This situation is unprecedented and we appreciate your understanding as we navigate it together.  We wish you and your loved ones good health and look forward to seeing you here again soon.



Brian C. Hare, Director
Reed Memorial Library
167 E. Main St
Ravenna, OH 44266
330-296-2827  x101


To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:

  1. Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
  5. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
  6. Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.


Trusted Information Sources

Covid-19 Resources
Portage County Resources:
State of Ohio Resources:
Mental Health Resources


The Worker’s Guide to Unemployment Insurance
This booklet provides important information about unemployment benefits in Ohio, including how to apply, how eligibility is determined, and what must be done to receive payments. It is available in English, Somali, and Spanish. Printed copies of the English version may be ordered.

The Top 10 Things You Should Know
This flyer provides general information about the Unemployment Insurance program, including important telephone numbers and web addresses. It is available in both English and Spanish, and it would be easy to post printed copies on a community bulletin board or other prominent display. for Unemployment Insurance Claimants
This rack card provides a checklist of items needed when applying for unemployment benefits. It also provides a list of the requirements for establishing and maintaining eligibility.

How-to Videos
This web page has links to instructions for using Ohio’s online unemployment benefit system.

Interactive Map
This interactive map can help individuals locate their nearest OhioMeansJobs center, where they can get one-on-one assistance finding their next better job.

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits
This website is available 24/7
Or by calling 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408 (excluding holidays) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Economic Support Resources


Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Federal Trade Commission consumer information