In a community service project, the industrial arts students at Continental Local Schools printed the bicycle rack at the Continental Community Library. The project was overseen by the school's Brian Stegbauer.
In a community service project, the industrial arts students at Continental Local Schools printed the bicycle rack at the Continental Community Library. The project was overseen by the school's Brian Stegbauer. (photo submitted)

CONTINENTAL — Your library card at the Putnam County District Library, Continental location, goes way beyond allowing cardholders to take out a book, movie or play games on the four in-house computers.

The Continental location represents one of eight branches of the Putnam County District Library with other locations at Kalida, Columbus Grove, Leipsic, Fort Jennings, Ottawa, Ottoville and Pandora. All of the libraries are supported by the Putnam County District Library.

In addition to the standard services offered by the library, all PCDL branches provide career training videos through lynda.com. The website is dedicated to professional development and has more than 6,600 courses, spanning from computer programming to project management, including instruction on various computer software, programming languages and business topics. The video courses, designed and taught by industry experts, contain up-to-date and valuable lessons for a variety of interests and fields for people at any skill level.

Lynda.com can be accessed by logging in through the library’s website (www.mypcdl.org) with your library card number and a 4-digit PIN. After creating an account, which requires a user’s name and email address, a member can watch videos, create playlists, bookmark pages, download course files and even earn certificates of completion. Video tutorials can be seen from any computer with an internet connection, or from a mobile device with the Lynda.com app.

Another service now offered at the Ottawa location of the library system is PrinterOn, a mobile print service where a member can use his personal computer or mobile device to print on the library’s printers in Ottawa from anywhere, including home. For more information on this service, go to the library’s website and look under Digital Media.

For library card holders who are looking for items not available at the Continental location, requests can be made to receive books, movies or music from more than 100 Ohio libraries and even from around the country. Requests can be made online or at the library. Specially requested items are delivered at the library twice a week. There is no charge for this service.

The Putnam County District Library system also has a music lending library where patrons can check out guitars, ukuleles, and bell kits for free. Each instrument comes with instructional materials.

Kelly Ward, the director of the Putnam County District Library, said there are 70 databases accessible to library members. She also mentioned a relatively new service being offered by the library system called Mobile Hot Spots. This is a small square box to which a mobile phone can be digitally connected.

Mobile Hot Spots can be used by persons on vacation who might want to connect and watch movies on their own devices - such as for children in a car. There is no charge for this service and Ward said Mobile Hot Spots works in most of the places in the U.S., except in Ohio’s Hocking Hills. She noted it does work in the West Virginia mountains. Mobile Hot Spots can be reserved for up to two weeks at a time, and five people at a time can use it.

The technical advisor for the library system will be in Continental on Jan. 17, from 9-11 a.m. He will assist library members with any digital device they have including smart phones, iPads, laptops, etc. Interested persons can make an appointment or simply come to the library.

There will also be a program in March about Civil War veterans from Continental. More information will be forthcoming.

Library hours are from 2-8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday; and from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. on Saturday. The library is located at 301 South 6th St. in Continental and the phone number is 419-596-3727.

The Putnam County District Library provides all materials and staffing at the Continental location. However, the building is owned and maintained by the Continental Community Library Inc., which is headed by Chip Carder.