Library Blog: for future reference

Library Blog: for future reference2020-06-30T21:16:12+00:00

Earth Day 2021

originally published April 18, 2021 in the Chillicothe Gazette by Kelsey Holmes After a year of chaos and confusion, Earth Day, celebrated April 22 this year, is a great reminder of something we all have in common: this planet we all call home. No matter our race, religion, marital status, or political affiliation, we have Mother Earth in common. It’s a mind-blowing thought that this precious, life-sustaining planet connects us all in a great circle of life. (Ok, I had to quote The Lion King here. Who doesn’t love belting out “Circle of Life” at the top of [...]

Goodbye AcornTV, hello Cochrane Library

Try out AcornTV before it leaves public libraries on Friday, May 14, 2021.B By Jenn Slone, Access Team Leader AcornTV I am really bummed to let our patrons know that AcornTV has opted to cease its relationship with public libraries, and will no longer be offering their content to our patrons after Friday, May 14, 2021. Lots of our patrons enjoyed the critically-acclaimed British television that this platform provides, so we are sad to see it go. Last year, the popular eBook platform OverDrive acquired RBdigital Media, who managed the AcornTV service. We knew that the management [...]

National Library Week!

Welcome back! by Debbie Nunizatio originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, April 4, 2021 April 4-10 is National Library Week, and we’ve got some celebrating to do! It’s the week each year when we get to share with our communities all the reasons to love our libraries. This year’s national theme is 'Welcome to the Library.' Maybe you have visited us during the past year, but if not, we want to welcome you back. We take every possible precaution available to us to keep you safe, and we miss you! Of course, it’s understandable that some folks do [...]

A Spotlight on the Book Women of Appalachia

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, March 28, 2021 By Sydney Newsome Waking up before the crack of dawn to mount my horse with a saddlebag of books and magazines at my side to navigate the treacherous Appalachians isn’t on my list of Top 10 Ways to Start My Day. Doing this rain, shine, sleet, or snow doesn’t cut it, either. However, it’s often crossed my mind that if it weren’t for those who did just that, it’s hard to say if I’d even have a workplace to go to (by Honda, not hackney). During the Great Depression [...]

It’s been a year

originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, March 14, 2021 by James Hill, Library Director And what a year. Ross County is rich in history and hopefully that’s where the pandemic will soon be relegated. Over the past year I’ve continued to add to the library’s history timeline. I’m looking forward to when these events won’t come to mind so easily, so for future reference: January, 2020: News reports begin warning of a novel coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19 that may spread around the world. The first positive patient in the United States identified on January 20 in Washington. [...]

Making Connections by Sheena Brown originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, February 21, 2021 It’s that time of year. Shelves fill up with mediocre chocolate, the flower industry makes 85% of its yearly profits, and people feel irrationally angry at a winged-baby who failed to shoot them in the heart. This year, it’s even stranger thanks to a thick layering of pandemic craziness. If only making connections were as easy as buying a bouquet. Seriously though, humans are hardwired for connection. Studies show increased lifespan for people with significant relationships. There are TED Talks about learning and social [...]

Celebrating Black History Month at the Library

by Liz Gibbons-Camp Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, February 14, 2021 For many years now, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library has held an annual Black History Month event. The event was first held in the Northside Branch, but quickly outgrew that location, and has since moved to the Main Library Annex. Over the years, these events have featured numerous speakers, dancers, singers, and poets from the local community, all focused on celebrating black history, and looking to the future. Last year’s Black History Month program was one of the last in-person events the library held before [...]

February is Black History Month

by Sarah Goodman American poetry has always been foundational to our culture. “The New Colossus,” Emma Lazarus’s 1883 poem now engraved on the Statue of Liberty, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, are all almost instantly recognizable. We study and memorize these iconic poets beginning in elementary school. We read them at funerals, weddings, graduations, and even at Little League Baseball opening days. American poetry beats with our hearts from our births to our deaths. And yet, often missing from our lists of favorites and most [...]


by Ruby Smart Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, Janury 31, 2021 What to do when we can’t hold in-person programs in the library? How about programs in a bag? After 10 months of the pandemic, Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library still isn’t back to regular programming or even regular hours. Starting Monday, Feb. 1, most locations will reopen for browsing (except the Main Library, as it's getting new carpet and a little work finished up on the inside).  So, since we can't provide programming inside the library, we have “take-and-make” programs available at all nine of our locations. [...]

Sync your new device with the library

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, January 3, 2021 by Jenn Slone, Access Team Leader Christmas has come and gone, and many people are the new owners of shiny Internet-enabled devices. If you have a new smartphone, your natural inclination might be to spend countless hours mindlessly scrolling through aesthetically-pleasing content on Instagram, or duetting on TikTok, or doomscrolling on Twitter. Fortunately for CRCPL cardholders, the library offers lots of content that is not only entertaining, but also enriching. (And dare I say... educational?) There are multiple ways to connect to the library with a new device. If your [...]

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