Monday, June 22, 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Library Service Changes Beginning June 15th

Summer Reading

Thursday, May 28, 2020

From Senator Manchin's Office

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Finding New Books or Authors

If you are waiting for your favorite author to  finish his or her next book or if you are on hold for a book, our catalog has a way to help you find a new read while you are waiting. Search for the title of a book that you like, then select it. Once the record for the book come up on your screen, scroll down. You will find covers of similar books under the title, You May Also Like. If you move your cursor over these book covers, you will see a short description, a rating, and a button to click to see if the book is available in our system. If you go down a little further, you will see a list of similar authors.

Another way to find books that you might like is through Novelist Plus. It is provided by the WV Library Commission at Go to the list of Databases and scroll down to Novelist Plus. There are several ways to search this database, but on the left column different types of books are listed. Each type is divided up into narrower categories. For example, under Fantasy, there are 13 types of Fantasies from Here Be Dragons to Steampunk Fiction. Under each category are several suggested titles. There is also a version of this database available for finding books for the the K-8 crowd.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

We are currently working on getting enough cleaning supplies and other materials to make reopening as safe as it can be. We know many of our patrons are from a vulnerable population. We have been isolating the materials that are being returned for several days, then cleaning them with disinfectant. When the library does reopen, it will be a phased reopening which will include giving patrons the ability to place a book order over the phone or computer and picking the bagged materials up without making contact with another person. Some services will be by appointment only, and there will be a limited number of people in at one time when we do get people back in the building.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Google Livestream Events for Small Business

Due to the current situation with the Covid-10 virus the next Google Livestream Event for small business will be accessible from your home computer:

Livestream: Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
9:00AM - 10:00AM PT / 12:00PM - 1:00PM ET
Registration link:

Thursday, April 16, 2020

West Virginia 211

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Library Closing due to Covid-19

As you may know, the library has been closed to patrons since March 16th. We will remain closed until it is determined to be safe to reopen.

In the meantime:

If your library card expires in March or April, it will automatically be renewed. If it has expired before that, you can call the library on weekdays to see about renewing it. All materials that were due in March or April have been renewed until the first of May.

These digital services will be available during this time:

WV Deli - thousands of  fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audiobooks, and movies
Freegal - music of many types
RB Digital - audiobooks, ebooks, and over 80 magazines (best link from the blog)
Gale EBooks - Reference books on many topics including many on medicine, social science, education. Additional reference books from Salem Press may be found under the title History of the Sixties near the bottom of the main page.
Heritage Quest - Genealogical information including census records, books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, and obituaries.

Very limited staff will be in the building Monday through Friday from 9-5 to answer phone and email requests and to sanitize and check in items from the book drop. There will be no one available in the building on Saturday. The email account is being monitored so you can send your questions there.

The Facebook account is being monitored by two staff members working from home. We have been posting crafts, virtual story times, projects to do at home, stories read by authors and celebrities, notices from the city and county, a few library or book oriented jokes to lighten things up, and educational sites with free access during this time to our Facebook page.

If you need to contact us by phone, please be patient. The staff that is in the building is doing other tasks while monitoring the phone. Sometimes we are on the other line or in another part of the building.

During the time the building is staffed, we are opening the foyer at the front entrance so that people can access tax forms if needed. Book sale books have also been placed in the foyer. Anyone who needs something to read may take these for free. Since the space is small, we would request that only one person at a time use it to maintain social distancing.

Please stay well everyone!

Census 2020

Your response matters! Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. Either send back the form you received in the mail or complete the form at It's important for our community!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Library Temporarily Closing due to Covid-19 Outbreak

Mary H. Weir Public Library Statement Concerning COVID-19

Dear Library Friends and Cardholders,

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 the Library will be closed to the public
with all library and public meeting programs suspended until March 31, 2020 and or until further notice.

Staff will report and be available in the Library to maintain library network operations, and for continued public access to the online virtual library services. Public access to the building will be closed with staff in house available and ready to provide assistance electronically. Patrons may call the Library at 304-797-8510, and also email the Library at for information, questions, and assistance with accessing the Library’s virtual online collection for adults and children of e-books, audio collections, films, music, magazine collections for one’s own personal computer, tablets, and smart phones.
Library staff will be available to assist public electronically between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday effective March 16, 2020 to March 31, 2020.
Patrons will be able to continue to return books in the Library’s book drop conveniently located on Sarah Lane entrance of the Library.

Until further notice, the Library will not be accepting donations of physical materials of used books, cds, DVDs and archival materials. If you are planning to donate used materials, please consider holding on to items until a time when we are able to accept them.

Income tax forms will be made available for public access in the Library’s front electric door vestibule (facing Main Street) for self-serve access. Outer electric doors will open only with interior electric doors closed.

The Library plans to continually update communications through its blog at, and Face Book with information that may be helpful and timely during this adjusted service period.

Our Children’s Specialist will be accessible by emailing and telephoning the Library.

The Adult Literacy Program is suspended until further notice.
As the Library’s public meeting room will be closed, please call the Library and or your organization to determine status of their meetings and workshops. Please check the Library’s web page for update and status of future meetings.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) assisting income filers has been suspended until further notice.

The situation with the Coronavirus is evolving daily. Library will continue to keep you informed of changes to our services. We encourage you to frequently check for updates via our blog, and Facebook page.

The Library’s staff is here to assist you accessing the Weirton Library’s electronic downloadable collections.

All of the above mentioned measures will be implemented until further notice.

The Mary H. Weir Public Library Board, March 14, 2020.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Coronavirus Information

With everyone talking about the coronavirus, there is a lot of information going around some of it is useful and some of it is misinformation. Two reliable sources are the CDC and the World Health Organization. The World Health Organization page has a link warning about scams that everyone should be aware of.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Book Discussion

Book Discussion
April 11, 2020
11 am to 12 pm

Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover

Tara Westover's upbringing could hardly be called typical. Her parents had some unusual beliefs. She says she received little schooling, she was required to work dangerous jobs, and most of her healthcare came from from her mother's herbal medicines. In her book, Westover traces her story from this childhood to her graduation from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge.

Book Discussion

Book Discussion
Saturday, March 14, 2020 
11 am to 12 pm

When the Men Were Gone
Marjorie Herrera Lewis

In the dark days of WWII, many people were called on to take on jobs that they had never done before. Texas teacher Tylene Wilson volunteered for a job that no other woman was doing. It was a job only she could do, and she felt it was important.

Spring into Action with Google's Business Insight's Tools

If you have a small business and missed yesterday's Livestream Event - Spring into Action with Google's Business Insights Tools, You missed a good presentation on Google Analytics and Market Finder. You can get another chance however. The video has been posted on You Tube. Go to to watch.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

WEIR Building - Lego Club for Kids

KIDS! Join us on March 17 at 6 pm for our next Weir Building Event.

We've already begun, but it's not too late to join Story Time!
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020


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INSPIRING YOU: LEGAL TIPS FOR TODAY'S ENTREPRENEUR, featuring Mr. Mike G. Simon, Partner, Frankovitch, Anetakis, Simon, Decapio & Pearl, LLP! February 13, 2020, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Brooke County Library, River Room, Wellsburg, WV

The BCEDA is pleased to partner with the SBDC and SBA First Microloan --- Register through this link:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Spring Into Action

Start the year off right by learning how to use Google Analytics to gain insights into how consumers engage with businesses online. Learn best practices analyzing customer trends and turning these insights into actionable decisions. This Google Livestream event Spring into Action  will be hosted by the Mary H. Weir Public Library on Wednesday, March 11 at noon in the library's Activity Room off Walnut Street. The suggested audiences for this event would included small businesses and non-profits. To register for the event, click on the link Spring into Action.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Brooke Hancock Regional Broadband Project

Brooke and Hancock Counties want better broadband to connect our communities. Internet connectivity is essential for community, economic, and workforce development, as well as overall quality of life. The Brooke and Hancock County Commission is working with Magellan Advisors, supported by the State of West Virginia and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to identify needs, opportunities, and resources for better internet access in Brooke and Hancock counties.
Your input is essential for a broadband development plan that is practical and has real results. Please, follow the link below and complete the  survey to show exactly where broadband is and is not available, and what better broadband could do for you, your family, community, and business.

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