Starting Tuesday, July 5, 2016, as part of the City of Tiffin – Sandusky Street Project, Sandusky Street will be closed between Miami and Hall Sts. for 4 months.
The Tiffin City School District has announced its 2016-2017 program year policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay full price of meals served under the National School lunch and School Breakfast. Each school office and the central food service has a copy of the policy, which may reviewed by any interested party. The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals. Applications forms are being distributed the first week of school to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians.
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced a renovation project that is to take place in 2016 and 2017. The Library is working with a company out of Columbus, Library Designs Associates, Inc., who has met with the Library Board and staff to gain insight in order to redesign the interior of the Library. Some of remodel project objectives include: updating the interior and create a 21st century library for the community; reorganizing space to maximize efficiency, improve lines of sight, and create a feeling of openness; creating a Technology Center capable of housing current public computing resources and adapting to the future; converting the existing computer lab into an additional meeting room to meet the demand for gathering and collaboration space; providing comfortable, usable furnishings optimized for technology usage; and providing a larger, dedicated space for teens. For more information or to donate for the remodel project, please call the Library at 419-447-3751 or go online to www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the new technology help program “One-On-One Tech Time.” Starting October 1st, patrons may call to set up one-on-one appointments with a library staff member to get help with computer and internet basics, eReaders and downloads, smartphones, as well as Microsoft programs. Patrons are asked to bring their device to the meetings, which will take place in the Kernan Computer Lab. Library staff members are unable to help with computer, hardware or virus repair. To make an appointment or for more information, call the Library at 419-447-3751.
The Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has declared the of October, “Be a Friend Month,” at the T-SPL. Membership costs range from $1 to $15. New members who sign up during the month of October are entered to win a Friends’ gift bag. Some of the Friends’ activities include: the Annual Book Sale, summer reading program events, the Books for Kids project (which donates books to children in Seneca County during the holidays,) the Friends’ annual meeting and program, and hosting Library events like the Halloween party. The Friends also take part in special projects throughout the year, which in the past has included the Mystery Dinner Theater, the Wreath Sale and Silent Art Auction. For more information, call 419-447-3751.
The Junior Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest, during the month of October. Families are asked to decorate a small pumpkin as their favorite storybook character or character of choice and bring it to the Junior Library now through October 23 to be displayed. Pumpkins must be smaller than 26 inches and may not be cut or pierced. Families may use materials like yarn, fabrics, magic markers, paint, cardboard, stickers, and glitter to decorate it. Entries will be judged by popular vote October 24th through October 28th. Participants are encouraged to invite friends and family to go to the Junior Library to vote. Winners will be announced October 29th and prizes will be awarded. Pumpkins can be picked any time after October 29th. For more information, call the Library at 419-447-3751.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, Tiffin-Seneca United Way, and Tiffin City Schools have partnered again this school year to present the literacy mentorship program, “Read to Succeed,” and are in need of tutors. The Read to Succeed Program aims to create a sustainable and effective program to assist elementary students in reading and comprehension skills and provide one-on-one interaction with community volunteers to develop these skills. Working together with local school systems, Read to Succeed will reach students identified by teachers as “not on track” to maximize reading potential and bring students closer to meeting reading requirements. Tutoring sessions will improve children’s reading skills and comprehension, making them better prepared to succeed in school and in life. The frequency and duration of tutoring sessions will be determined in training by teachers’ classroom needs and volunteer availability. Volunteers will required to be at least 18 years old and will undergo background checks before engaging with students. Funding for background has been secured through the Tiffin Charitable Youth Advisory Grant and the Friends of the Library for volunteers, prior to working with the children. For more information, call the Library at 419-447-3751.
Seneca East High School is sponsoring its 5th Annual So You Think You Can Sing Vocal Talent Competition on Saturday, November 5th at 6 p.m. If you are a middle (grades 5-8) or high school (grades 9-12) student and have a gift for singing on stage, this competition is for you. Prize money and trophies will be awarded to top competitors in both age divisions. Entry forms and guidelines are available at Seneca East’s website at www.seneca-east.k12.oh.us, under the the “Community” section. The deadline for entry is October 29th. Admission for audience members is $5 for adults and $3 for children (K-5). All proceeds support academic awards and functions at Seneca East.
The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host Open Knitting (and Crocheting) for knitters of all skill levels on Sundays, October 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th at 1 until 3:30 p.m. in the Junior Home Room. Participants may bring questions, discussion topics, knitting projects and are asked to bring their own yarn, needles and project. The group will also host questions on crocheting and crochet projects. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call 419-447-3751 or go online to www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.
The Teen Department at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host the new program series, “Teen Tuesdays,” every week, starting Tuesday, September 27th at 3:30 p.m. in the Frost Kalnow Room. Teens, in grades 6th through 12th, are invited to hang out with the new teen librarian, Ashley Meece, for games, snacks, crafts and more. For more information, call 419-447-3751 or go online to www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org.