Plain City Little Lending Libraries

Little Lending Libraries are book sharing boxes that are available all the time and freely accessible to all. These book boxes are a free book exchange and contain all types of books: from board books and picture books to chapter books to novels for teens and adults, all books in good condition are welcome! Visitors are encouraged to take a book or leave a book. You do not need to share a book in order to take one. If you take a book or two from a little library, try to bring some to share to that same library, or another in your area, when you can.

You’ll find that each Little Lending Library is different and has it’s own character! While some Little Lending Libraries stand on public property or near local businesses, others stand on private property often near sidewalks or walking trails. Wherever they live, please be respectful when visiting a Little Lending Library.

Plain City Area Little Lending Library Interactive Map

Use this tool to locate a local Little Lending Library near you! Click the arrow button to get started using the interactive map. Know of one we missed? Contact the Plain City Public Library so we can add it to our list. Little Lending Libraries are not affiliated with or maintained by the Plain City Public Library.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to the Cheryl Brockman for initiating many of these little libraries and sharing her records to make this map possible. Recognition also goes to the Plain City Lions Club and Perry Beachy for funding and building many of Plain City’s Little Lending Libraries.

NameLocationDetails
Plain City Public Library Reading Garden305 W Main St.
Plain City OH 43064
Located in the Reading Garden at the front entrance of the library.
Pastime Park North Entrance Playground370 N Chillicothe St.
Plain City OH 43064
Located at the north entrance to Pastime Park next to the playground.
Jerome Township Fire Department9689 US Highway 42 N
Plain City, OH 43064
Located in the park behind the fire station.
Plain City Public Library Community Garden305 W Main St.
Plain City OH 43064
Located on the side lawn next to the community garden.
Plain City Elementary School580 S Chillicothe St.
Plain City, OH 43064
Located on the bike path near the playground.
Private Residence440 South Chillicothe St.
Plain City, OH 43064
Located at a private residence near the sidewalk.
Private Residence919 Wellsley Way
Plain City, OH 43064
Located at a private residence near the sidewalk.
Plain City Druggist480 S Jefferson Ave.
Plain City, OH 43064
Located in a grassy area next to the Plain City Druggist parking lot.
Canaan Community Mobile Home Park5130 Plain City Georgesville Rd. Plain City, OH 43064Located behind the office in the chimney nook.
Private Residence4935 SR 38 NE
London, OH 43140
Located at a private residence across from Monroe Elementary School.
Green Meadows Mobile Home Park2900 State Route 29
London, OH 43140
Located in a small flower garden near the park office.
Mitchell’s Farms9331 Mitchell-Dewitt Rd.
Plain City, OH 43064
Seasonal. To prevent damage, the library may be closed when the farm is closed.
Unionville Center Post Office110 W Main St.
Unionville Center, OH 43077
Located in a grassy area next to the building.

24/7 Pickup Lockers Now Available

Pick up your Library material from our convenient pickup lockers, available during and after regular Library operating hours. The pickup lockers are located at the rear of the building next to the book drop. Place your holds online and we will let you know when your items are available to pick up.
 

Placing Your Holds

A screenshot of the library's public access catalog. A new holds request screen is showing. Pickup Library dropdown menu is circled in red and Plain City Pickup Lockers is selected.
  • When you place your holds in our catalog or using the Plain City Public Library app, select Plain City Pickup Lockers as your pickup location.
  • As always, we will notify you when your holds are ready to pick up.

Picking Up Your Holds

  • We will hold your items in the locker for 3 days.
  • You will need to bring your library card with you or know your card number and PIN to use the lockers.
  • When you arrive at the locker, scan your library card or use the touch screen to enter your card number on the screen.
  • Enter your PIN then follow the prompts on the screen.
  • A locker will open for you to retrieve your items. Your items are checked out to you when the locker opens.
  • Please remove all items and close the locker. Do not leave any returns in the locker; use the book return to return items.

Returning Materials

  • Please use the Library’s book drop for all material returns. The book drop is located next to the pickup lockers.
A photograph of the library's pickup lockers, located against the rear of the building on the sidewalk next to the book drop.
Pickup Lockers are located at the rear of the Plain City Public Library

Storytime Kits

Storytime From Home Kits are designed to make PCPL’s Online Storytime experience more engaging for children by introducing interactive early learning activities. These kits are appropriate for children ages 2-5 and include instruments and manipulatives that will be used at least once throughout PCPL’s winter and spring Storytime sessions.

Storytime From Home Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Visit the library during open hours (Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm) to pick up your child’s Storytime From Home Kit. Kits may not be reserved.

Each of these items will be used in storytime sessions throughout the winter and spring but feel free to explore and play with them anytime! Below are some suggested activities to go along with each item. Have fun playing and learning!

Rhythm stick activities: https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/easy-rhythm-sticks-activities-toddlers-preschoolers/

Egg shaker activities: https://picklebums.com/music-shakers/

Bean bag activities: https://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/bean-bag-games.html

Ribbon wand activities: http://www.beactivekids.org/assets/pdf/RibbonActivities.pdf

Silk scarf activities: http://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2019/01/play-silks-and-why-we-love-them.html

Storytime Kits are funded in part through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

Updated 11/15/21

BookFlix Digital Resource for Kids

Good news—the Plain City Public Library has subscribed to a fun new reading program that children and their caregivers can access from home! Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic animated stories from with thematically aligned nonfiction ebooks to build a love of reading and learning.

This engaging digital resource for children in grades PreK–3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills, and introduces them to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Your children can access Scholastic BookFlix anywhere there is an internet connection – it’s like having access to the library’s collection 24 hours a day, seven days a week! BookFlix includes:
• 135 classic animated stories, each paired with a related nonfiction ebook
• Spanish language versions of 37 pairs of fiction and nonfiction
• Read-aloud supports so students can hear each book narrated, and also hear definitions of key
words and directions for each activity
• Educational puzzlers so children can show what they have learned
• Safe, age-appropriate web links so kids can extend their learning on a topic
• Meet the Creator section to learn more about each fiction book

Scholastic BookFlix is specifically created to support non-, beginning, and reluctant readers—it’s the perfect resource for independent reading practice at the library and at home!

To get started, click on the BookFlix logo below. You’ll be prompted to enter your Plain City Public Library card number. Then read, listen, and enjoy!

Plain City’s StoryWalk® at Pastime Park

The Plain City Public Library, in partnership with the Village of Plain City, is proud to announce the installation of a StoryWalk® at Plain City’s Pastime Park. The StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Pages from a children’s book are displayed in cases, which are installed along the walking path at Pastime Park. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story.

This StoryWalk® installation was made possible through a combination of grant funds secured by Plain City Parks and Recreation and a donation from the Friends of the Plain City Public Library. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Pastime Park is located at 370 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. The Walking Trail is located next to the playground at the main entrance to the park.