Library Blog: for future reference

Library Blog: for future reference2021-09-14T14:37:51+00:00

Beat Summer Boredom with Bookworm

by Sheena Brown originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, May 15, 2022 "I'm bored,” was my childhood catchphrase, often said with different whines and groans for emphasis. My grandmother had no sympathy and threatened dusting or dishes until I learned to use my imagination for entertainment. Studies show that boredom is good for our brains. It boosts creativity and can even supercharge problem solving but being on the adult-end of my children’s whines and groans makes me dread the summer lull. Fortunately, we live in Ross County and the Bookworm summer reading program at the library will pack our [...]

Building Community One Meeting at a Time

by James Hill Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, April 24, 2022 Meetings. I know I’m not the only one who attends lots of meetings. I’m not complaining—it’s how I stay informed and how the library stays connected to the community. After all, if you want a seat at the table, you have to pull up a chair. Chillicothe and Ross County Library partners with several local organizations and institutions. Staff serve on several local boards, like the United Way, Easterseals, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Red Cross, and the Mighty Kids Museum. Library staff also volunteer [...]

Music at the Library

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, April 17, 2022 by Liz Gibbons-Camp At the library, we’re busy planning for the summer and beyond, so my mind is on long, warm evenings outside, even if it is still a cool, wet spring. Summer makes me think of sitting on my Grandma’s porch swing, dancing through the yard chasing lightning bugs, and lingering around the table enjoying good company, and throughout it all is music. Whether it’s a favorite song coming on the radio as you merge onto the highway on a perfect day, or the tune that always makes you [...]

Time Is Here!

by Debbie Nunziato Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, March 27, 2022 Spring is here, and that means it’s time for the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale! This is your chance to get some serious bargains on books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and even magazines. I’m not kidding – these prices are ridiculous! Just how ridiculous are the prices?  Each item is only .50, or get a whole box for $5. (We provide the box.) Where do we get the items for the annual sale? They may be discarded library materials or donations from various sources. Items are [...]

New Things to See at the Library

by Liz Gibbons-Camp Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette on March 13, 2022 Libraries are known for lending things, so if you’re looking for something to read, watch, or listen to, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also added new things to our collection in recent years that go way beyond books, from cake pans to telescopes to bicycles. But the library is also just a great place to visit and experience. In the next few months, there will be a few art shows and exhibits you don’t want to miss. March 2022: Main Library Annex To celebrate Women’s History [...]

Love Your Library!

February is Love Your Library Month. We know that our community loves the library. You’ve shown us by voting for library levies and participating in our programs. We see you when you come in to visit and check out books or use our computers. We know that many of you are taking full advantage of our digital services, particularly since the pandemic began, and we appreciate it. We appreciate your kind words and your cooperation with our COVID restrictions. We feel that love and we want you to know that we love YOU right back! If you want [...]

Comics Plus comes to CRCPL

We are excited to announce that CRCPL has picked up Comics Plus, a digital platform offering thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga! To access Comics Plus, all you need is a library card.  Click here to sign up for one and gain instant access. Enjoy Comics Plus anytime, anywhere via any web-connected devices, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. An internet connection is required to browse the collection and check out titles. Bookmark this link in your browser, or download the LibraryPass app in the App Store. Download and install the LibraryPass app for iOS or Android. Open the app. [...]

Northstar Digital Learning now available

CRCPL Offers New Digital Skills Resource Northstar Digital Literacy assessments, instruction, and practice now featured at the library The Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library has a new eResource, Northstar Digital Literacy, for anyone looking to improve their skills with computers, software, or technology. Northstar Digital Literacy is a self-directed assessment and learning tool that covers a variety of technology scenarios. It comes complete with short lessons and practice exercises to improve skills on a number of common computer topics. The Northstar resource is available 24x7 at CRCPL.org/elearning. Employers may choose to utilize Northstar Digital Literacy by directing [...]

Library offers WiFi hotspots for students lacking internet

Thanks to funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library has obtained 500 WiFi hotspots to support Ross County students lacking adequate internet connectivity at home for the 2021-2022 school year. The FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion program that is assisting schools and libraries in providing the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. ECF will provide relief to millions of students and will help close the Homework Gap for those who currently lack necessary Internet access or the devices they [...]

Library awarded grant to provide services to Clarksburg, Zane Village

The Outreach Department at the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library has seen significant growth during the pandemic. They’ve seen an increase in homebound delivery requests, and they stock the bookshelves and carts at nearly 50 living facilities and community centers throughout Ross County.  The demand for the latter has also increased since the pandemic began. Now, more than ever, patrons need to have the library brought to them. Library book lockers offer a great no-contact solution for patrons to pick up and return library materials. (Example from D-Tech International) CRCPL has been on the lookout [...]

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