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Library Extended In-Person Browsing, Curbside Service Hours

18 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library has announced an expansion of hours for in-person browsing and for curbside services at all nine of its locations in Richland County.

The new hours are as follows:

Main Library

Monday through Thursday: 9 AM to 8 PM
Friday and Saturday: 9 AM to 5 PM More…

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You May Resume Your Browsing: The Library Is Open Again

14 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Great news this week for local book lovers.

For the first time since early December, all branches of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library are again open for in-person browsing.

The Library began modifying hours and services back on March 16 with the closure of all locations. Since that time, the availability of services has been governed by State of Ohio health directives and a desire to maintain the health and safety of patrons and staff. More…

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Say Hello To Lynda At The Library

23 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

As we head into another year where staying at home is the name of the game, it’s good to explore online options.

One is one of the newest databases at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, and it’s an amazing one.

The MRPCL offers access to Lynda.com to its patrons via an online interface. Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. More…

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Library Locations Closed For Walk-In Services

7 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The high number of COVID-19 cases in Richland County continues to have an impact on how business is transacted and lives are led.

This past week, these numbers resulted in Richland County being elevated to the highest level on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. An update on those statistics will be shared on Thursday.

In addition to the Mansfield Municipal Building and several local schools, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library has joined the list of facilities that are now closed to the public. More…

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Library Goes Fine Free

3 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

In a statement on its Instagram account, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library shared news that the library is now “fine free.” The new arrangement took effect on Monday.

According to the Library, “All customer accounts are now cleared of most overdue fines and going forward, overdue fines will no longer be accumulated on most borrowed items!’

More information related to this news can be found here on the Library website, including applicability, current fines, impact on Library revenue, and more. More…

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Bubblepalooza On Tap At Two MRCPL Branches

16 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

We all know what bubbles are, but have you ever tried to describe one?

Wikipedia puts it this way: “A soap bubbles is an extremely thin film of soapy water enclosing air that forms a hollow sphere with an iridescent surface. Soap bubbles usually last for only a few second before bursting, either on their own or on contact with other object.

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library invites you to explore the world of bubbles this month. Not only will participants be blowing bubbles and learning about different kinds of bubbles, but they will also learn a little about what makes a bubble a bubble. More…

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The Ren And The Library Partner To Promote Theatre Season

20 Jun , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts and Mansfield/Richland County Public Library are pleased to announce a collaboration for the 2020-2021 Renaissance Theatre Season.

Through this collaboration, all MRCPL cardholders will be offered one ticket free to any production in the Park National Bank Broadway Series, the OhioHealth Symphony Series, or the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Cardholders are able to redeem their complimentary ticket now for the production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: The Broadway Musical running July 31-August 9. For any other season production, tickets will be available beginning July 21. More…

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MRCPL Summer Program Canceled

26 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

In a recent video announcement on the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library’s website, Library Director Chris May shared an update on operations in the MRCPL system.

This includes, May shared, cancellation of the Library’s 2020 Summer Program.

That shared, alternatives are being developed, May said, to keep families engaged. Details will be forthcoming on the website and on the Library’s social media pages — some of which can already be found on the MRCPL Facebook Page. More…

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Library Closing All Locations Through April 6

17 Mar , 2020  

In a statement on its website and through social media, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library announced the closure of all library locations from Monday at 8PM through Monday, April 6.

In its statement, the Library shared, “The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library has been working closely with Richland Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health and taking the precautionary steps recommended to help combat the spread of COVID-19 More…

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History & Tourism

A Mansfield Mayor Who Married A King’s Ex-Mistress

5 Feb , 2020  

Do you read the latest post in the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library’s Sherman Room blog? It’s so good!

Since the Sherman Room is focus on preserving our history and genealogy, that’s what the blog focuses on too. Their latest is a story about a Mansfield lawyer and mayor, Patrick Purdy Hull, who went to California during the gold rush and ended up marrying a woman who – in her short but colorful life – was the mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. More…

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Free Tax Assistance For Elderly Or Lower Income Residents

3 Feb , 2020  

First Call 2-1-1, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide have furnished a list of places that can provide free tax help to low and moderate income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older. This service is offered in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If you are unsure whether you qualify for assistance, call 2-1-1 (or 419-522-4636). More…

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The Year Of The Rat At MRCPL

24 Jan , 2020  

This Saturday, January 25, is the Chinese New Year. The day is China’s largest holiday and it is celebrated by more than 20 percent of the population worldwide. In Chinese culture, each year is characterized by one of 12 animals; and 2020 is the Year of the Rat, which symbolizes wealth and the beginning of a new day.

Youth interested in learning more about Chinese culture have a wonderful opportunity locally; the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library has organized a Chinese Culture Series for grades 6-12. More…

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Older Kids Can Ring In The New Year A Bit Early With Library Fun

19 Dec , 2019  

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library will help kids in grades 6 through 12 to celebrate the end of the year, and the decade, in an unexpected way: With an afternoon of “Nerf”ing. The event will take place at the Main Library (downtown Mansfield) on December 30, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; registration is required as the number of open spots is limited. More…

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Library’s Newest Offering: Vinyl Records

3 Dec , 2019  

Audiophile: noun; a hi-fi enthusiast.

Get ready audiophiles, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library (MRCPL) system now has vinyl records available for checkout. You can visit their website and search the catalog for available titles. More…

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Library Provides Free Music Concerts

30 Nov , 2019  

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library (MRCPL) system has been utilizing the second floor lobby of the Main Library in downtown Mansfield to provide music concerts for several years. These concerts are free and open to the public, and are just another way that the MRCPL brings value to our community.

In December and January the following artists will be performing on Sundays at 2:00 PM: More…

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