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Library board to meet via Zoom

SALEM– The Salem Public Library Board of Trustees will meet in regular session at 4:30 p.m. Thursday via Zoom video conferencing software. Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting virtually are asked to email brads@salem.lib.oh.us prior to the meeting to receive connection instructions.

Library plans kids virtual book clubs

SALEM– The Salem Public Lbirary is presenting two new virtual book clubs for youth. Starting now, each weekday afternoon there will be a new video added to the library’s facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/salemohiopubliclibrary/ and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn–bRHLNakmquw6e1hdC9WQ/featured. Be sure to like and follow or subscribe to not miss anything. In the video, Miss Renae will spend about 20 minutes reading part of a book and then make suggestions on a project or activity that ties into the story. These book clubs are open to all ages. All books used are available on Hoopla, through Salem Public Library, to download and read along. These videos will remain up while the library is closed and can be accessed by participants who miss sessions. Once a book is finished, there will be a live chat to discuss the story. Feel free to participate in both clubs.

Reading with Rey videos will be posted at 4 p.m. This club is for kids in kindergarten through third grade. The first book selection will be “Inspector Flytrap” by Tom Angleberger. Use the Hoopla app to get an ebook copy and follow along. This is a humor, early chapter book featuring a venus flytrap plant who works as a detective alongside his assistant, an always hungry goat.

Rogue’s Reads videos will go up at 4:30 p.m. This is for middle grade readers, fourth to eighth grade, and the first book will the :The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable: by Dan Gutman. This book is available on Hoopla, as well. This is book one in an exciting action/adventure series in which a set of 12-year-old twins sets out on a family cross country road trip and ends up fighting for their own survival against some seriously bad guys. The humor, narrow escapes and strange places they find across the United States make this the perfect book to read while at home.

Discount for COVID responders

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.– Dollar General is providing all medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen with a 10 percent discount on qualifying purchases through April 30. Individuals can present their employment badge or ID to receive the discount. The discount could be extended based on the evolution and status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Dollar General stores are also dedicating the first hour each morning to senior customers with the goal to provide at-risk neighbors the opportunity to shop for essential items in a less crowded environment. Stores are also closing one hour early to clean and re-stock shelves, as well as for employees’ safety and wellbeing.

Changes made to CCW policy

LISBON — With the state giving those with expiring conceal carry weapon permits (CCW) an additional 90 days, county Sheriff Ray Stone announced a change in the county’s policy for renewals during the coronavirus emergency. Stone said the Ohio House Bill 197 granted those whose license is about the expire the 90-day extension to renew, so unless someone currently has an appointment with the sheriff’s office to renew their license, there will be no new appointments made.

Those applying for new permits will still be processed, but should make an appointment at 330-424-1104 ext. 1508. Stone said the changes are to help keep the staff and the community as safe as possible, while allowing those seeking a new permit to still be able to get one.

Salem Twp. meeting canceled

SALEM TWP. — The Salem Township Board of Trustees cancelled their meeting scheduled for tonight. The next tentative meeting date is April 14.

Coronavirus causes HEAP changes

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, policies requiring face-to-face interviews to complete certain Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) applications have been temporarily suspended. Although the agency will continue to operate, households must submit applications as a drop-off at the agency, mail them to the agency, call the automated system at 1-844-493-1198 for a phone interview, or apply online at at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov. The Winter Crisis Program will be extended until May 1 to align with the Public Utility Commission of Ohio’s extended Winter Reconnect Order.

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