Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator

IMG_9627February ushers in an amplified season of love and passion, as Valentine’s Day reminds us to add a little extra effort when conveying our love for the special people in our lives.

With so much devotion in the air, many open their hearts a bit wider for meaningful organizations, as well. The more recent tradition of National Library Lovers’ Month embraces February thoughtfulness, bringing communities together in support and celebration of their local libraries.

Did you know that when you’re staying in Lakeside, you need never be without a good book? Our community is home to a host of organizations and businesses offering books and book-related activities.

This three-post series will highlight and celebrate some of the literary opportunities within the gates and surrounding area.

While much of the Lakeside and Marblehead Peninsula summer experience seems to fly away with the geese in the autumn, those lucky folks who enjoy the area year-round know better. Aside from the obvious loss of roller coasters, off-season community resources and entertainment opportunities abound when you know where to look.

Lakeside bookworms may always have a book at hand by visiting the Lakeside United Methodist Church (UMC) library or the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton.

Lakeside UMC Library 2 Lakeside UMC Library 1Lakeside United Methodist Church Library

Available to anyone living on or visiting the peninsula, the Lakeside UMC library, located at 450 Central Ave., is accessible off-season weekdays before 12 p.m. by requesting access from the church secretary. During the summer, the library is staffed by volunteer librarians, and the lending hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Friday and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.

Their impressive lending collection features many bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction, an ever-growing children’s section, religious books and large-print books. They also stock a great selection of popular and classic DVDs. If there’s a book you can’t find on their shelves, they’re happy to reserve it in Port Clinton for you to pick up.

In addition, the Lakeside UMC is home to a book sale room, open during Conference weeks and at various times throughout the summer.

Visit the Lakeside UMC website at, or contact (419) 798-5119 or for more information.

DSCF9278Ida Rupp Public Library

Located at 310 Madison St. in Port Clinton, the Ida Rupp Public Library is open from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday year-round, as well as 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sundays from October-April.

In its present location since 1968, the Ida Rupp Public library has developed collections of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature, audiobooks, music, movies and more.

Conveniently, Lakesiders need not travel into Port Clinton to return books. Ida Rupp-loaned books may be left in the book depository box in the parking lot on the corner of Central Avenue and Fourth Street.

Keeping up with the ever-progressing technology of our time, the library website offers links to several services for digital libraries with audiobooks, e-books, movies and magazines. They also have their own mobile app so that card-holders may access the library catalog and their own borrowed materials easily, no matter where they may be.

The Ida Rupp Public Library hosts many community events, from book discussion groups and children’s story times to book swaps.

Visit their website at, for more details on collections, borrowing policies and a monthly schedule of events.

Exciting news!

The Marblehead branch of the Ida Rupp Public Library is now under construction. This new location in downtown Marblehead will house collections of fiction and non-fiction, children’s and teen areas, reading rooms, meeting rooms and more. Visit for continuing updates on the construction progress.

Check back next week for Part 2 of this National Library Lovers’ Month series to learn more about the Lakeside Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle.