MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
(as of February, 2014)
The Board of Trustees meet on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the library's Table Room. When a holiday falls on the 3rd Monday then the Board will meet on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Pamela Nyles, President
Daniel Frizzi, Vice President
Thomas R. Danford, Secretary
|Members of the Board Through the Years|
Bellaire Public Library- Friends of the Library Foundation
We invite EVERYONE to come and join the Bellaire Public Library Friends of the Library Foundation. Its mission is to serve the community by supporting and promoting the library, its events and projects throughout the year. To become a member, sign up forms are available at the library. Fees, of which 100% goes toward improving library services, are $5.00 per individual or $8.00 per family and $25 per business. Join today and recieve a monthly newsletter as well as discount on various fundraisers.
The Bellaire Public Library Friends of the Library Foundation has newly elected officers: President Joe DeGenova, Vice President Mary DeGenova, Treasurer Pam Nyles, and Secretary Doug Potts. Thanks to them all!
Annual Soup, Salad, & Sandwich Luncheon
A cookbook entitled, "A Cookbook of Memories, Cooking Up Fun with the Friends Group of the Bellaire Public Library can be purchased for $12.00 or $7.00 for card-carrying members of the Friends Group and those who submitted recipes.
Also available for purchase is Laura's new CD, "Shadyside of Heaven". Cost for the CD is $10 (plus shipping and handling if it is to be mailed out). A portion of the proceeds benefits the “Friends of the Library".
Beautiful notecards are also available for purchase. Published by John Bowman, they are photos of the Bellaire Wharfboat and the Eliza H. Steamboat. Prize is $8.95 for a package of five.
For more information, please contact the library at (740) 676-9421 or ask at the circulation desk.
For more information, please contact the library at (740) 676-9421 or ask a staff member at the circulation desk.
The Bellaire Public Library accepts donated items for their collections with the understanding that these items must meet the same standards as purchased materials. Criteria of relevancy to the library’s mission, content appropriateness, and cost analysis of processing and maintenance of the items are carefully considered during the evaluation process.
Once accepted, these items become the exclusive property of the library and are handled in the same manner consistent with established library procedures. Accepted items are cataloged; a nameplate is affixed to the item in the donator’s honor or in memoriam of a person(s) named and an acknowledgement letter is sent. A pre-written inventory/bibliography of your gifted items is appreciated. The library cannot, however, perform an appraisal on any donated item. Items not accepted may be discarded, sold via book sale or given to another library, museum or archives. All monetary gifts to the library are encouraged.
If gifts are of intrinsic/archival value, a Deed of Gift is completed and signed by the Donor or Donor’s Agent as well as the Library Director or Library Agent.
Donated items considered for inclusion
Items not considered
First edition books
Books in good, clean condition
Local history items
Paperbacks (for book sales only)
Videocassettes (for book sales only)
Newspapers and journals
Material in poor or dirty condition
All patrons should have their library cards with them when checking out items. Because our library system is statewide, the percentage of errors increases significantly when patrons do not have their library cards. The possibilities of ‘same names’ exist throughout the state. Patrons could accidently be charged with items that they had never checked out. Subsequently, fees could inadvertently be accumulated into their library accounts.
Bellaire Public Library patrons, who have no form of I.D., can check out items if two (2) or more staff members know them. When the system is down, “holds” can still be manually created for these Bellaire patrons as well as those who have their library cards. To help eliminate errors, however, no “holds” are created for unfamiliar patrons without library cards or any other kind of I.D. when the system is down.
Patrons can request renewal of items via phone even without their library cards. However, if patrons want to place “holds” on items over the phone, they should have their library cards available so that their information can be correctly and readily pulled up. If patrons do not have their library cards when requesting “holds”, then staff members should prompt them for additional information such as correct spelling of names, birthdates, addresses, or phone numbers. Staff should explain that the information is needed so that item(s) is/are not on “hold” in someone else’s similar name.
A receipt showing the date due back for each item is printed and given to the patron upon check-out.
No fines are charged to materials returned on time. Also, fines may be charged differently on items borrowed from other libraries depending on the lending library's fine policy.
On all Bellaire Public Library materials checked out with a Bellaire library card:
On materials borrowed from other libraries:
On Inter-Library Loans:
On materials checked out on another library's card:
NOTE: An additional processing fee may be charged if it becomes necessary to send you a bill for the items checked out. Also, a $10.00 pick-up fee will be charged if we need to come and get the books from you.
THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM
The books in our library are grouped according to the Dewey Decimal System.
000 - Generalities
800 - Literature
Also, through our e-catalog and website, free access to e-books, streaming videos, e-magazines, music and e-reference material is available.
Your library card
It's easy to get a Bellaire library card. Just fill out an application and present two forms of identification, one of which shows your current mailing address. (You must have a permanent address to apply - we cannot issue cards to those who have a temporary address.)
When you apply for a card for the first time, you will be unable to check out materials until your card is mailed to you. New library cards must be mailed out before it can be used to check out library materials. We will be glad to hold any materials at the desk for you until you receive your card in the mail.
New borrowers are limited to a maximum of four (4) items checked out at any given time during the first 90 days of using their library card. Also, new borrowers may place one (1) hold/reserve on items not available at Bellaire Public Library during that same time.
Children and Library Cards:
Children can get library cards with a parent or guardian's signature instead of ID. They must be around six years old and able to write their own name (first and last) on their application, but they can get help with their address and phone number if necessary.
IF WE HAVE A RECORD OF YOUR LIBRARY CARD ON FILE:
If you have had a card at our library before, and we still have record of it on file, we can issue you a new card without mailing it to you. If your card number has expired, we will issue you a new card at no charge. If you still have a valid (current) card number, we will consider this a replacement card and issue you a new card for a 50¢ charge.
Lost or Stolen Cards:
If your card is ever lost or stolen, please notify the library immediately. You are responsible for ALL materials checked out on your library card even if someone else used the card. If you let us know that your card has been lost or stolen, we can put a "stop" on that card and issue you a new card with a new number. The missing card then will no longer be a valid card, and you will not be held responsible for anything checked out on it after that date.
IF YOU HAVE A VALID, BARCODED LIBRARY CARD FROM ANOTHER LOCAL OHIO LIBRARY:
If you have a valid library card from any of the local Ohio libraries including Martins Ferry, St. Clairsville, Barnesville, Shadyside, Powhatan, Monroe County, Steubenville, and many others, you may use that library card here. You must present the card when checking out library materials.
|The History of the Bellaire Public Library|
|CITIZENS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
A library was established on February 24, 1871 in Bellaire. It was called the "Citizens Library Association." This was a private library in the sense that it was maintained by private citizens. It was modeled after the subscription library plan. Patrons of the library would pay a membership fee and have borrowing privileges.
On June 3, 1891 this same library was incorporated into the non profit organization called the "North Bellaire Library Association." It was established "for the instruction and entertainment of the young people of Bellaire, where they shall be free from the allurements of gambling and strong drink, and they shall be taught habits of industry and the proper amenities of social life..."
|Around 1880, a reading room was also established by School Superintendent Cox in the old Central Building.
The building was located where the present Bellaire High School Cafeteria and basketball gym are now. This building was razed to make way for the Bellaire High School Building in 1926.
|GRAVEL HILL READING ROOM
Bellaire's first library was called the Bellaire Reading Room, on the corner of Forty-Fourth and Noble Streets in what was then called the Weyrick Drugstore. The old reading room, a one story building containing two commodious rooms, was erected in 1881. The grounds were donated by Miss Lizzie Cummins, and the money to erect the structure, $1,000, was raised by subscription. Books and other reading matter were contributed by the citizens of the city and for over 25 years the building was used as a sort of public library. According to a newspaper article from the Bellaire Daily Leader dated November 4, 1916, Several years earlier, due to a lack of interest on the part of the young people, the original purpose of the reading room was abandoned. Since that time the structure had been used as a place of worship by the Slavish population of the city, a meeting place for the Boys Brigade and various other purposes. The building and grounds were sold at a public auction on Novemeber 25, 1916.
|BELLAIRE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bellaire Public Library was founded in 1927. It moved into the basement of the Bellaire High School. School Superintendent J. V. Nelson, donated books from his personal library. It was supported by the County Intangibles Tax until the end of 1985. This was a tax on investments. Since 1986 the library has largely been supported by a portion of the State Income Tax of Ohio.
In the 1940’s James F. Mellott and William D. Mellott left money in their will to establish the Mellott Trust. Their wills provided money ($450,000)to build and maintain a public library and community center in memory of their father, Amos Mellott, and his family. The new Mellott Memorial Building was completed in 1959. The public library moved from Bellaire High School to the new building in 1960.
John J. Rietz was the architect and Walter H. Braum, library consultant. The general contracting was done by the Byrum Construction Company. The library was built within a year and opened to the public on Monday, December 19, 1960.
In 1998-2000, the library was remodeled and expanded to more than double its original size.
(photo property of Bellaire Public Library)
Ceramic Mosaic Mural
Designed by: The Mosaic Tile Co. Zanewville, OH
Installed by : C.A. Glascow and Son, Inc. Wheeling, WV
The Mural is located on the 32nd St. entrance of the library. It is the feeling of the builders that this mural best tells the story of the gift of William D. Mellott and James F. Mellott to the people of Bellaire.
The lower half of the mural portrays the material aspects of their lives which made possible their generosity. Here you see the old Mellott Homestead which was located on Brewery Hill, the First National Bank which was a principal interest in their lives as well as the general business affairs of Belmont Street, the Interstate Bridge in the erection of which they were actively engaged, and also represented are mining, manufacturing, and farming interests which claimed their attention.
The upper half of the mural portrays the cultural, education, spiritual and social advantages that they have made possible for the people of Bellaire through the use of their material achievements. Here are to be seen the open book, the lamp of knowledge, the world, the cosmic represented by the sign of the Zodiac, music, science, and mathematics, all of which in a measure are made available to the people of Bellaire, both young and old, through the facilities available in this building.
Directions the the Library:
Take the 26th Street exit off of Rt. 7. At light, make a right. At stop sign (one block away) make a left. Go under the Great Stone Viaduct. The library and its ample parking are on the right.
The library observes the following days as holidays:
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Fourth of July
Christmas Eve Day
Memorial and Gift Book Donations
|Gift books can be purchased for the library in memory or in honor of someone. They can be on any subject you choose in any price range.|
|How can I purchase a memorial or gift book for the library?|
|To purchase a gift book for the library, print and fill out the form provided below and return it in person or by mail to:
BELLAIRE PUBLIC LIBRARY
The person or group purchasing the gift book may choose to donate any amount of money for the purchase of one or more books. The average cost of an adult fiction or non-fiction book is around $30.00, so you may wish to plan your gift accordingly. You may also give an amount that can be used to purchase multiple books for our collection. Children's books are also a popular choice for memorials or gifts.
You may decide to make the gift book even more special by choosing a subject area that is/was of interest to the person being honored. We will then find a new book that will fit into our collection in that subject area that will be purchased with the amount of money donated.
When you purchase a gift book for the library, we will place a special book plate inside the front cover of each book that lists the name of the donor and the name of the person or people being honored or remembered. Also, cards will be sent to the person being honored or the family of those who are being memorialized to let them know of the donor's purchase for the library.
If you are interested in donating items other than books as a gift or memorial, or if you have any questions about donating, please contact the library at (740) 676-9421, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Your gifts to our library in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one are a lasting way to remember a special person that will be shared and enjoyed by all library patrons who read it for many years to come.
BELLAIRE PUBLIC LIBRARY GIFT AND MEMORIAL BOOK DONATION FORM
**Please complete a separate form for each person being honored or remembered.**
Presented by: __________________________________________________
In Memory or In Honor Of: ________________________________________
Send Notification Card To: _________________________________________
Donor's Name: __________________________________________________
Amount Given: $____________
Subject Area: __________________________________________________
.15 per black and white
.25 per color
$2.00 first page, $1.00 each page after
Myla Ford, Clerk 
Brianna Weas, Clerk 
Stan Fedyszyn, Clerk 
Dave Swoyer, Maintenance