Library Blog: for future reference

Library Blog: for future reference2019-08-19T15:39:35+00:00

The Stevenson Collection

Signature and bookplate from the Stevenson collection. We keep finding Burton Stevenson books! They’re tucked into corners and under stairs and in boxes throughout the library. Mr. Stevenson was our long-time librarian (1899-1957) and a prolific editor and writer. In addition to a scholarship endowment for local youth, he left behind an enviable bevy of books. His personal collection of his own titles were gifted to the library, many with his signature in them. For years the library has kept a display cabinet with some of his books and other ephemera (currently in the Annex’s hallway). [...]

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month!

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette on August 31, 2019 I'm going to be honest. I have not been a model library card holder. Is it risky to admit just how little I knew about how to use that tiny, curling key card until I started here? Possibly. Have I racked up late fees in the past borrowing movies for my screaming toddler? Absolutely. Have I accidentally spilled a full glass of water on an open book? Unfortunately, yes. Yet, in hopes of helping others, and to honor National Library Card Sign-up Month, I'm getting real. I don't [...]

eBook Embargo

Book publishers are limiting our ability to purchase eBooks and eAudiobooks for you. Several major publishers have recently placed strict metered access and embargoes on libraries purchasing e-content. Macmillan, for example, only allows the entire Ohio Digital Library consortium—that’s over 200 libraries!—to purchase one copy of a new book during the first 8 weeks after it is published. Nearly all publishers have implemented purchasing models which force us to re-purchase eBooks after a period of time or a certain number of checkouts, which is nowhere near comparable to the lifetime of a print book in circulation. The cost [...]

Bookworm Success!

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, August 20, 2019 This summer flew by and we are now into August. That means that another year of the library’s summer reading program, Bookworm, is in the books. This was our 65th Bookworm, and it was a blast. Among the many fun programs we were able to share throughout the county were an inflatable planetarium at Mt. Logan Early Learning Center, Astronaut Training at the Main Library, and visits from the Ohio Wildlife Center at Huntington and Richmond Dale branches. Bookworm would not be possible without the support from our sponsors, [...]

Around the County and in Your Neighborhood

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, July 26, 2019 You probably know that the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library has two locations in the city of Chillicothe: the Main Library on Paint Street, and the Northside Branch on Buckeye. You may not have heard that we also have four county branch locations and three school locations. With nine locations in total, accessing the library and all that it offers is easier and closer than ever. A sneak peak at the new Mt. Logan floor plan. Coming this new school year is a complete remodel of [...]

Our Stories

originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, July 7, 2019 Throughout our community, in big ways and small, people’s lives are being affected by opioids. For several years now, it’s been a hot topic in the news, online, and around kitchen tables. We hear about the statistics, the deaths, the Narcan, but behind each of those numbers is a story. Part of finding our way out of this crisis is to listen to each other’s stories and learn what we can do to help. As you know, the library is about more than just books. We offer a variety [...]

…Make Good Stories

Bumper sticker wisdom:  Instant Karma is going to get you…eventually. We all make bad decisions. Usually, the ramifications of our choices aren’t immediate or with lasting effect, though—one more cookie probably isn’t going to be life changing. Bigger bad decisions, however, do make for interesting storytelling. It’s been an unintentional, but reoccurring theme in my reading lately. If you’re looking for a good (bad?) book, here are a few I recommend: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid This is a fictional story of a 1970’s rock band a la Fleetwood Mac, The Band, and Janis [...]

Take the library on vacation with you this summer

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, June 16, 2019. It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for.  The sun is shining, gardens are growing, school is out, vacations are planned, and summer is right around the corner. Libraries play an important role in the summertime by picking up the torch laid down by our local schools, in order to prevent the learning loss known as “summer slide.”  We offer our highly popular Bookworm summer reading program for all ages, which features reading challenges as well as lots of fun family-friendly programming. In addition to serving as [...]

Isn’t that just for kids?

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, June 9, 2019. If you grew up in Ross County, you likely have fond memories of the library’s summer reading program, Bookworm. Summer, reading, and prizes -- what’s not to love? This year is the 65th anniversary of Bookworm, and although it started out just for kids, it’s open to all ages now. There are separate goals for each age level, from babies to adults, and there are reading and healthy living prizes for each group. A few things have changed for adult Bookwormers this year, so whether or not you’ve participated [...]

Thank a vet!

For the past seven years on Armed Forces Day, the library has hosted a Military Appreciation Picnic. It is a community picnic, and all are welcome. This year we were lucky to have beautiful weather, which helped build attendance. Visible throughout the crowd were military hats and shirts, letting all know in what branch of the military each served, in what war, and numbers and names of their units. It’s a good reminder that vets are everywhere in our community, and that they deserve to be honored. The Ross County Veterans Council cooks hamburgers and hot dogs for [...]

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