Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library

Connecting Community – Broadening Horizons

New! Great American Read Book Club

Please join us for our new book club to participate in PBS’s Great American Read series. The book club will be held at 10:00 a.m. on  second Wednesdays, June-October to accompany the TV series. You may select any book from the list of 100 books found HERE, as long as you haven’t read it before! We will discuss our selections while enjoying coffee and pastries.

Read to Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28th, and we think reading is a fantastic way to celebrate!

Memorial Day began as an informal holiday celebrated at the end of May when people honored their loved ones who had passed. It was made a federal holiday in 1971, and has become the day we honor our fallen soldiers and veterans. Here is a list of recommended fiction, nonfiction, and biography to help us understand and celebrate the sacrifices our armed forces have made for our freedom.

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Library Position Open


Substitute Circulation Clerk
Part Time (8-20 hours per week)


  • Available to work Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am – 5pm. Hours are not set or guaranteed as substitutes will be scheduled or called on an “as-needed” basis.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.  Relevant library experience desirable.
  • This position involves customer service to library users by checking materials in and out, handling customer accounts and fine/fee transactions, producing fines reports, responding to customer inquiries by phone and in person, and providing other assistance within the library. Reports to Head of Adult Services.
  • Requires physical agility and strength to bend, reach, lift and carry (up to 25 lbs), and push/pull loaded book carts when shelving material.

Applications are available at the circulation desk [pdf and word] at the Emerson Library, all branches, and on the library’s website.

Complete job description available here (circulation ) and at the library.


Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library

3100 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg, WV  26104

Phone: 420-4587 ext.512 / Email:


The Great American Read

Be sure to watch the new PBS series: The Great American Read. Hosted by Meredith Viera, this will be an 8 part series that highlights the power of reading, featuring America’s 100 best loved novels. (chosen in a national survey) The Parkersburg and Wood County Library will be happy to reserve any of these books you wish to read. Voting for America’s favorite novel will be held online and on social media from May 22, when the series premiers, through October 23, when the winner will be announced. Visit to learn more about this wonderful event.  Parkersburg and Wood County Library has the list of the books selected for the top 100 and it is also available on the PBS website.

WVREADS has a list of the eBooks and eAudiobooks!