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Today's hours

We're open 1:00PM to 5:00PM


Address
2411 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Reference & Accounts(614) 231-2793
Kids & Teens(614) 231-2878
UPCOMING EVENTS
Mon, Dec 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Caregivers and babies alike will love this interactive lapsit program with baby-focused books, songs, and rhymes. For ages 0-18 months.

Mon, Dec 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Stay to play after storytime, with toys and activities that stimulate the imagination and help build social-emotional skills.

Mon, Dec 05, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Quiet Reading Room
Join us to discuss Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, the 2022 Man Booker Prize shortlisted book.

Tue, Dec 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Join us for this movement, music, and sign language focused story time for all ages. Learn at least 12 signs a quarter in this story time and enjoy live ukulele music, finger rhymes, and more.

Tue, Dec 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Stay to play after storytime, with toys and activities that stimulate the imagination and help build social-emotional skills.

Tue, Dec 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Co-curator Dr. George Johnson presents on the current Decorative Arts Center of Ohio exhibit, "A Storybook Christmas Featuring a Very Brady Holiday." Reminisce about classic holiday storybooks & toys.

Wed, Dec 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Bring your toddler to the library for stories, rhymes, songs, and play activities designed specifically to help build vital early literacy skills!

Wed, Dec 07, 11:00am - 11:30am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Stay to play after storytime, with toys and activities that stimulate the imagination and help build social-emotional skills.

Wed, Dec 07, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Bexley Public Library
Join us online each week as a member of our Youth Services team shares a favorite book chosen especially for the elementary school crowd.

Wed, Dec 07, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Listen to the best and brightest musicians Capital University has to offer!

Thu, Dec 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Children ages 3-6 are invited to the library for activities to help build vital early literacy skills, including interactive stories, music, dancing, and more!

Thu, Dec 08, 11:00am - 11:30am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Stay to play after storytime, with toys and activities that stimulate the imagination and help build social-emotional skills.

Thu, Dec 08, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Bexley Public Library - Tech Center Classroom
Help the library and earn serivce hours! Once a month, teens in grades 6-12 work on a serivce project and in return will receive 1 hour of service credit.

Thu, Dec 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Elizabeth Petuchowski shares her story of growing up as a young Jewish girl in Germany amidst the rise of Nazism, fleeing to England where she experienced the WWII outbreak, and immigrating to the US.

Fri, Dec 09, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Tweens & teens are invited to join us to celebrate all things anime and manga. We'll have anime from Crunchyroll on the big screen, fan art & sketching supplies, & more. Cosplay is highly encouraged!

2021 | Top Boardgames


Checkout and play the most popular boardgames at Bexley Public Library in 2021!

Azul: The Game
Azul: The GameAzul was designed by the world famous, award winning game author Michael Riesling. Azul captures the beautiful aesthetics of Moorish art in a contemporary board game. Players compete as artisans decorating the walls of the royal Palace of Dvora. By carefully drafting the correct Quantity and style of tiles, the most clever of artisans plan ahead to maximize the beauty of their work (not to mention their scores!) while ensuring they wasted no supplies in the process.
Exploding Kittens
Exploding KittensPlayers draw cards until someone draws an exploding kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game -- unless that players has a defuse card, which can defuse the kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the exploding kittens.
Koala Capers
Koala CapersThe Koala family wants to travel the world, but first they've got to get dressed! Help them find a few outfits in this fun, matching game, but watch out for the underwear dice roll. It just might put a wrinkle in your plans! Collect five outfits first, and you win!
The Ladybug Game
The Ladybug GameHave fun counting and reading as you play--you will even learn a little about the bugs in your own yard.
Let's Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar
LetChildren move their caterpillers from fruit to fruit, collecting a unique butterfly puzzle piece each time they stop to eat. The first player to collect all five puzzle pieces and build a beautiful butterly wins the game.
Race to the Treasure
Race to the TreasureA cooperative game where the players work together as a team against the game and learn strategy, shared decision-making, social and emotional development, following directions, and cooperation.
Rivers, Roads & Rails
Rivers, Roads & RailsBe the first to use up all your cards while building a continuous network of rivers, roads and rails.
Snail's Pace Race
SnailSix colorful snails are ready to race. Which snail will come in first and which will come in last?
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game!
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game!Your forest friends are hungry and they need your help. Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your squirrel squeezer, and place it into your log. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win.
Sushi Go!
Sushi Go!Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by,
Unicorn Glitterluck
Unicorn GlitterluckFour unicorns race to the sun. On their journey they collect cloud crystals, but they must be careful as a thunderstorm could suddenly appear.
Yahtzee
YahtzeeHow will you roll? Will you stick with a straight, hustle for a full house, or risk it all for a 5-of-a kind Yahtzee score? Go ahead, roll with it in this classic game!

Online Resources
Antiracism Resources
Antiracism Resource Guide
Created by Tasha K, an antiracism worker in Ohio, this anti-racist resource guide was crafted amidst the anger of the latest black body-turned-hashtag, #AhmaudArbery. It is regularly being updated to address the current climate of our country and the various aspects of personal growth necessary to sustain this life-long journey. Please note that this document was—and will continue to be—a group effort.
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
NAACP
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons
Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Race Forward
Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.
African-American Mental Health
A comprehensive catalog of resources and information for African Americans from the National Alliance on Mental Illness .
sources  (including the Bexley
edition of This Week), covering a wide array of topics and issues.
The Summit Wellness Group
61 mental health and substance use resources for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community
100 Black Men of America
Through the network of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. more companies and programs have been formed to assist in delivering the education and empowerment needed to change the course of the lives of Black children in America.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. | Central Ohio Chapter
To advocate on behalf of Black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
African American Heritage
African American Heritage is a digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. It provides users a dedicated, user-friendly resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research, but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.
Bexley Anti-Racism Project
Organized by people of color and their white allies who are current students or graduates of Bexley High School the Bexley Anti-Racism Project (BARP) strives to "actively combat racial inequality through education, mobilization, and amplification in order to support people of color in the Bexley community and nationwide." Their website provides resources for education, ways to participate in and support making change, and a forum for amplifying black voices in Bexley.
Antiracism Resources for Kids
Teach for America's | Resource List
Teach For America recruits outstanding and diverse leaders to become TFA “corps members.” Corps members commit to teaching for two years in a low-income community, where they’re employed by local schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids.
PBS Lesson Plans
PBS has written up some lesson plans and other resources for talking through current events with school-aged children.
Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
Common Sense Media | Books with Characters of Color
While people of color are still underrepresented in books for kids and teens, we've found lots of great reads with diverse main or supporting characters in all sorts of genres, including mystery, fantasy, romance, adventure, sci-fi, graphic novels, historical fiction, novels in verse -- you name it! In fact, we've gathered well over 100 books to recommend for readers of all ages. These fantastic books promote tolerance and diversity and teach readers about different cultures. And on top of that, they offer tons of positive roles models, especially for kids of color.
Common Sense Media | Books about Racism & Social Justice
When your kids see demonstrations in the street or on the news as a response to racially charged incidents, you can help them understand what's going on by giving them some historical context. Sometimes such actions reflect a healthy democracy. Sometimes they lead to changing laws. Some movements are peaceful, others turn violent. These books tell stories of people's experiences of racism and of those who put their bodies on the line for the cause of equality under the law and social justice.
RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS
The Center for Racial Justice in Education’s mission is to train and empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. At the Center for Racial Justice in Education, we envision a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.

This document was compiled by Center for Racial Justice in Education. It is not meant to be exhaustive and will be continually updated as we are made aware of more resources.
Online Implicit Bias Training
Kirwan Institute Implicit Bias Module Series
The Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University is committed to the creation of a just and inclusive society, where all people and communities have the opportunity to succeed. Their commitment to this mission is why they work so hard to understand and overcome barriers that prevent access to opportunity in our society, such as implicit bias and racial disparities in our education system.

This course will introduce you to insights about how our minds operate and help you understand the origins of implicit associations. You will also uncover some of your own biases and learn strategies for addressing them. Each module is divided into a short series of lessons, many taking less than 10 minutes to complete. That way, even if you’re pressed for time, you can complete the lessons and modules at your convenience.
BPL Programs
Discussing Race and Racism with Children | Dr. Hasan Jeffries
On Thursday, December 13, 2018, Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University and Lead Historian for the National Civil Rights Museum, joined us to help parents and caregivers know how to discuss race and racism with their children. This program was offered in partnership with the Bexley Minority Parent Alliance.
The African American Experience, Past and Present | Dr. Hasan Jeffries
How did Black History Month begin and why is it important? Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University, discusses Black History and the formation of Black History Month. Offered in partnership with the Bexley Minority Parent Alliance.
Beyond Hidden Figures | Dr. Treva Lindsey
Beyond Hidden Figures is a discussion and celebration of Black women in science, politics, literature, and the arts who made huge impacts but have gone unrecognized. The film and novel Hidden Figures introduced us to the three Black women behind NASA's first astronaut launch. In this presentation, Dr. Lindsey will go beyond this story and introduce important Black women whose work in various fields has gone - until now - largely unrecognized.
1619: American Enslavement 400 Years Later | Dr. Hasan Jeffries
Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia. Though the United States did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. Dr. Jeffries examines the development of enslavement in the Americas and the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.
Green or Red: Thriving or Declining Neighborhoods | Dr. Jason Reece
What factors helped Bexley become a prosperous inner-ring suburb? How did Columbus's geography of opportunity change over time? Jason Reece, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School of Architecture, discusses the history and impact of factors such as housing discrimination and credit access behind Bexley's development and the development of other Columbus neighborhoods.
Race, Class & Hurricane Katrina: there are no natural disasters | Dr. Hasan Jeffries
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina & our book club pick The Yellow House, Dr. Hasan Jeffries examines how race & class were tied up in the devastation of Katrina.