Library Blog: for future reference

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

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month!

by Heather Van Gundy originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, August 29, 2021: It is September already! How did that happen? You may not know, but September is a big deal in the library world. It is National Library Card Sign-up Month! Every year, Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library tries to do something to celebrate and attract new people to the library. This year has provided mix-ups galore, so we are throwing back our own curveball. Of course, we love to see new people use the library, but we want to bring BACK our current cardholders, too. Hi, [...]

The Library is for EVERYBODY!

by Debbie Nunziato Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette August 8, 2021 Stop by any Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library location and you’re likely to find any number of people looking for books, searching for just the right title for movie night, or maybe just quietly sitting and reading today’s Chillicothe Gazette. From children’s storytimes and Science Club events to cooking and book clubs for adults, the library is for everybody! Most people know that the library provides much-needed resources and support to our community. But did you know that YOU can actually help support your library? We [...]

Summer Cooking

by Liz Gibbons-Camp Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette July 25, 2021 Summer is a time of long, bright evenings, and drawn-out twilight hours. As shadows lengthen, the heat of the day gives way to cooler air. It’s a perfect time to slow down and reflect, and enjoy sitting outside. For me, summer evenings also mean summer cooking. How is summer cooking different from other cooking? Three main things define summer cooking for me:  don’t heat up the house, include lots of fresh local produce, and keep it simple. Many houses once had a second kitchen, either outdoors [...]

CRCPL director named Librarian of the Year

Press release from the Ohio Library Council, August 5, 2021: James Hill, CRCPL Director We are pleased to announce that James Hill, Director of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library has been named the 2021 Librarian of the Year. This prestigious award honors a librarian whose recent accomplishments have impacted the library profession and library service to the community. During the pandemic and under Hill's leadership, the library developed a check-in program to monitor the elderly and isolated individuals. He added Chromebooks for patron checkout, extended Wi-Fi access, and created a telehealth room at the Main [...]

Where are my holds?

You may have noticed that your holds list keeps getting longer and longer. The State Library recently signed a new delivery contract. Hold on (pun intended) while they work out the logistics of moving items around to the 732 public libraries in Ohio. Thanks for your patience. On the plus side, you’ve got a lot to look forward to!

Reclaim Your Independence

by Jenn Slone originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, July 4, 2021 While I'm celebrating Independence Day this year, I also happen to be asking myself: Just how independent am I, really? I rely on big Agriculture for most of my food and big Tech for most of my entertainment; I pay people to do maintenance on my car and home; I have common household items delivered right to my door; and I let someone read books to me, for goodness' sake. I’m completely useless. Most folks have probably seen that meme online about “What Gives People Feelings of Power.” [...]

Telehealth room now available at Main

By Jenn Slone, Access Team Leader,  Telehealth room at the Main Library Did you know that our meeting rooms are open again? And thank goodness – hundreds of people use our meeting rooms every month.  We’re glad to have you back. CRCPL has added one new room to its arsenal since the pandemic – a telehealth room located in the Main Library, 140 S. Paint St.  This small, semi-private room located in a quiet corner of the computer lab gives patrons a place to connect with their medical provider if they lack internet at home.  We have laptops with webcams [...]

New: Newspaper Archive and ABCmouse

The library is excited to bring you two new resources, free to access online with your library card.  Newspaper Archives is a database of newspapers from all over the world from 1607 to present.  This resource will help you in your genealogy research, as it provides access to over 108 million obituaries; marriage, birth, death, arrest, and divorce records; murder cases; old photographs; family history; and so much more!  To access this database, navigate to our homepage at and click on the Newspaper Archives logo.  You'll need to set up an account with an email address to [...]

The House of Memories

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, June 20, 2021 by Sydney W. Newsome Aristotle wrote that memory is the scribe of the soul. Today, experts say our first memories may have been formed as early as two and a half years old. Those are the building blocks of who we can become. I often reflect on memories of my dad. He’s taught me so much throughout my life, and he changes so much from one memory to the next. My earliest memories of my dad may not seem exciting, but are more than priceless to me. I borrowed one [...]

Hats Off!

by James Hill Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, June 6, 2021 If you’ve visited the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, you’ve likely stepped into the low-lit room that houses the Star-Spangled Banner. You also noticed the gaping holes throughout the flag. About 20 percent of it is missing. It’s not because it’s been tattered in battle; it was cut. Georgiana Armistead Appleton, daughter of Lt. Col. George Armistead, the commander of Fort McHenry, took the flag on tour throughout the country in the 1800s for all to see and would often scissor small cloth souvenirs for dignitaries [...]

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