Westerville's public library plans to make changes that will be seen by visitors in early 2020.

Marketing manager Tamara Murray said changes are planned for the library's Prohibition exhibit and a new Innovation Lab will open early next year at 126 S. State St.

Murray said the Prohibition exhibit will be called Prohibition! Expectation Vs. Reality and will focus on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th amendment, which Congress passed Dec. 18, 1917, and was ratified Jan. 16, 1919.

The amendment stated that "After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

It was in effect from 1920 to 1933.

Murray said the history center and museum is housed in the headquarters of the Anti-Saloon League, where the library now stands, and the exhibit features photograph opportunities, interactive displays of historical objects and other interactive items on topics such as jazz and the suffragette movement.

Other topics to be explored include gangsters and organized crime, speakeasies, propaganda and Westerville's role in the movement, according to the library's website, westervillelibrary.org.

"We're excited to bring this history to life, connecting Westerville residents to what came before us," Murray said.

The Innovation Lab, which will be new for 2020, will offer ways for visitors to explore hobbies and give them new ways and equipment to tell stories by providing podcast equipment, poster making, 3D printing, virtual reality and more.

She said the area will feature a "creation station" that includes a recording studio, funded through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services grant awarded to Westerville by the State Library of Ohio.

Murray said the innovation station is a "great place to pursue your passion with the highest-quality hobby equipment."

The station is free and is open for anyone at the library to use.

For more information visit westervillelibrary.org/exhibitions.

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