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COLUMBUS--The Ohio Library Council continued its tradition of honoring the best and brightest individuals and organizations in the Ohio public library community.
The 2016 honorees have demonstrated outstanding leadership and remarkable dedication to providing the best possible library service. They will be recognized at the Awards and Honors Luncheon on Sept. 28 at the OLC Convention and Expo in Sandusky.
The Stark County District Library has received the library innovation award. The library's BikeSmart program broke new ground in library services by offering its cardholders free access to bicycles.
Many communities have bike-share programs, but this was the first time a library has partnered with a national company (Zagster) and local parks and recreation departments to have a significant impact on the community.
By lending bikes for transit and fun, the Stark County District Library opened up access to transportation and helped improve the overall health of the community.
In addition, BikeSmart expanded the value of having a library card for existing patrons and encouraged others to sign up. The program offered a refreshing view of what a library can provide to the community.