Library Blog: for future reference

Library Blog: for future reference2020-03-24T16:02:53+00:00

CRCPL Digital Library Open for Business

Originally published in the March 22, 2020 edition of the Chillicothe Gazette By Jenn Slone, Access Team Leader As the events of the past week have unfolded, every business sector, organization, and citizen has found themselves making challenging and difficult decisions. Social distancing is the only true prevention in leveling out the coming spike in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases that will be seen nationwide. On Monday, March 16, the library made the difficult decision to protect our staff, patrons, and community, by closing the doors to our facilities and ceasing all on-site services. We’ve worked out a rotation for [...]

Cornavirus Information

Download the hoopla, Libby, or Freegal apps from the App Store to access the library's eBooks, music, and movies. All physical library locations are closed until further notice.  Drive-through window service begins Monday, June 1 at the Northside Branch Library ONLY.  Click HERE for details. All library materials currently checked out will not be due until July 1. 5/15/20 Update: Dear Patrons, Thank you for your patience. We know it’s been a long time. We’re working diligently to restart library services safely. Unlike other places, libraries are two-way streets––you seldom take something back to the grocery [...]

…and Read On!

from James Hill, Library Director It’s ironic that in the “information age,” we don’t always get the information we’re looking for. Or, as often as not, we have to stop and question the information we do get. That applies to Coronavirus, too. I'm not an expert, so in these situations I think it’s important to trust health officials rather than pundits and anecdotes. The State of Ohio’s Department of Health website maintains a list of suspected Covid19 cases in Ohio. As of now, March 9, there are no confirmed cases in our state with 4 outstanding tests [UPDATE: [...]

From the Reference Desk: 211 Helps Us Help You

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, February 16, 2020 By Jennifer Slone, Access Team Leader Over the past few years, as small-town economies have suffered and poverty has risen, library reference desks throughout the nation have been inundated with social service requests. Library patrons have immediate needs for things like housing, clothing, and food security, and while we want more than anything to help our patrons find the resources they need, we are library workers, not social workers. We often struggle keeping up with the abundance of resources available throughout the county. Which food pantries are still operating? [...]

Love Your Library

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, February 9, 2020 This February, Love Your Library! Winter is cold and dark, and you don’t want to leave the house. We get it. This February, we want to give you a reason to come to the library and explore all the things we have to offer. Our new winter reading program is Love Your Library (LYL) and we hope you’ll do just that. The Details:  We’re challenging you to do five library-related activities this month. It’s quick and easy to set up an account at www.crcpl/org/LYL to log your activities. Browse [...]

A Librarian’s Place Is in the Woods

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, February 2, 2020 About 25 years ago, my brother’s high school took a class trip to the Smoky Mountains. They were studying Appalachian history. He bought a souvenir for me, the CD “Ways That Are Dark: A Musical Companion to Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders.” It’s a great album and still available online (search YouTube for Daniel Gore). That was my first exposure to Kephart. Last month, my family and I spent a week in the Smoky Mountains. Seeing Kephart’s name in and around the park reminded me of that album. Later, [...]

Happy Birthday Dolly!

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, January 19, 2020 by Ruby Smart, Youth Services Manager You might wonder why this week’s library column is about Dolly Parton, who is a cultural icon known mostly for her music and her, well, other assets. Today Dolly Parton turns 74, and her legacy is more than just her fifty-plus years in the music industry. It’s also kids’ books. In an initiative that started in her hometown in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has passed out over 130 million books to 1.4 million kids across the world at no cost to the [...]

Top Titles of 2019

"Check out" our top checkouts of the year! Did you miss any of these great titles in 2019?  Head over to the catalog or call our reference desk at 740-702-4160 to place a hold. Visit hoopla and the Ohio Digital Library for digital downloads. Books for Adults Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto The House Next Door by James Patterson The First Lady by James Patterson The Chef by James Patterson Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich The Cornwalls are Gone by James Patterson Redemption by David Baldacci Target: Alex Cross [...]

Learn to use your new gadget at the library

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, January 5, 2020 by Jennifer Slone, CRCPL Access Team Leader Gadgets, gizmos, and games, oh my!  We’ve known for some time that electronic technology is inescapable, but holiday gift sales this year illustrated just how much we truly love being plugged in. According to MasterCard, online sales rose this holiday season 18.8 percent, while in-store sales rose just 1.2 percent.  Amazon.com reports that the number of items it delivered with Prime free one-day and same-day delivery nearly quadrupled from 2018.  In just one week in December 2019, more than 5 million new [...]

Year-end Reading

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, December 21, 2019 by Sheena Brown and Kelsey Holmes Being a human is hard, but you're not alone. Sometimes - especially around the holidays - life gets downright ugly and no amount of twinkling lights or tinseled trees can change it. In those times, it’s important to take care of ourselves. For those looking to recharge their inner light, we bring you a list of inspirational books to fill your winter reading lists. “Recovery” by Russell Brand - If you’re a human, you’re numbing something. This book helps shine a light on [...]

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