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Library Closed for New Year's Holiday

Posted 12/30/21

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The Library will be closed Friday, December 31, for New Year's Eve and Saturday, January 1, for New Year's Day.

Normal Library hours will resume in the new year, Monday, January 3, 2022. 

New Books added in 2021As we head into the new year, we've added a new feature to our website — a page dedicated to the new books we featured on social media throughout the year. Take a look back at some of the books that were added to our shelves in 2021. If you see a book you missed in 2021 that you'd like to read in 2022, you can place an item on hold for yourself over the holiday while we're closed through the Library's online catalog at All it takes is your OCPL library card number and your 4-digit pin. When we open back up on Monday, we'll look at our reserve lists, and we'll call or email you when your book is in and ready to be picked up. Or, you can wait until Monday, January 3, and call us at 304-233-0244 to reserve an item over the phone. 



Children's Programming starts up again the first week of 2022. 

Toddler Time (Ages birth-3):
On Monday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 am, at Toddler Time, we're going to the moon! We will read Space Boy by Leo Landry. This world, decides Nicholas, is too noisy for him. Time to take a trip. He packs a snack, puts on his suit, and takes off . . . to the utterly quiet craters and vast deserts of the distant moon.

Story Time (Ages 3-5):
For older kids, on Tuesday, Jan. 4 and Wednesday, Jan. 5, we'll continue our trip to space, reading If You Decide To Go to the Moon, and making a paper tube rocket ship. 

First Toddler Time of the Year First Story Time of the year

Lunch With Books:

Lunch With Books First Program of 2022At our first Lunch With Books of 2022, Tuesday, January 4 at noon, for part two of “Historic West Virginia Anthems” (watch part one with Eli Lambie here), we will be joined by WVU English professor, Dr. Sarah Morris, and "The Troubadour," Bob Gaudio for an exploration of that most famous of West Virginia anthems, John Denver's iconic and internationally ubiquitous, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (1971) which turned 50 years of age in 2021. Morris’ forthcoming book, Transformation, Translation, and Complication: Take Me Home Country Roads, explores the significance of the iconic song at West Virginia University, in West Virginia, and beyond. She contends that “Country Roads” emerged within a set of social and historical conditions that contributed to its success when it was written, so much that it is now ingrained it into our collective culture, locally and globally, in a lasting way. It is a song, an anthem, a prayer, and a hymn, but it represents us only in a limited way. Joining Morris and Guadio at Lunch With Books will be an authentic stage costume worn by John Denver.

Thursday, Jan. 4 at noon:
- View full program information 


People's U - The Cold War, Class 6, A Global War, Thursday, January 6 at 7 pm Class 6, "A Global War" with Dr. Joe Laker, Thursday, January 6, at 7 pm. 

Dr. Laker will discuss the broad ideological, economic, military, and diplomatic factors of the global struggle concentrating on places where conflict took place — Europe: Berlin, Hungary, Poland, and Czechoslovakia;  Asia: Korea, Vietnam, Malaya, and off the China Coast; Africa: Congo and Angola; and Latin America: Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Thursday, Jan. 6 at 7 pm:
- View full class information 
- View broadcasts of all People's U: The Cold War on the People's U livestream page


January 2022 OCPL programming calendars are now available to download. You can also stop by the Library during open hours and pick up a paper copy at the Circulation Desk or Reference Desk.

— Visit our online calendar of events for more details about our programs

January 2022 OCPL Programming Calendars now available


While the Library will be closed over the holidays, access is always available to many library services remotely. With an internet connection, you can enjoy online services from anywhere. Browse and borrow downloadable books, audiobooks, and videos from the West Virginia Downloadable Entertainment Library Initiative ( and Hoopla (

Need some ideas for New Year's resolutions this year? 

Self-improvement books galore are just a click away with WVDeli and Hoopla:

Self-Improvement Books available right now through WVDeliSelf-Improvement Books available right now through Hoopla

All it takes to log in is your library card number and PIN and with an internet connection, you are ready to start downloading or streaming to your tablet, smartphone, anytime, anywhere. 

Download e-books, audiobooks, graphic e-novels, music, and more through WVDeli or Hoopla.

Download e-books and audiobooks on WVDeli   Get ebooks, audiobooks, movies and more through Hoopla


Wishing you all a safe and happy and healthy new year. 

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