Library Blog: for future reference

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

Introducing the Beyond Books Collection

by Heather Van Gundy The heart of a library will always be its books. But, if I were to name the soul of a library it would be the music. CRCPL wants to help you create the soundtrack for your life. With just your library card you have access to music in a variety of forms: hours of commercial-free streaming and customized playlists through Freegal and entire albums waiting to be downloaded via hoopla Now, we want to inspire you to prepare your own beats with the introduction of our instrument lending library housed at the Northside Branch. [...]

2019 Top Video Games

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - This war shooter is another reimagining done right with keeping the formula similar but fresh. With a campaign mode that will keep you on edge every second, an array of multiplayer options to play with friends, and a spec ops mode that have challenge missions and survival missions, Call of duty is a thrill no matter how you play it. Resident Evil 2 - This reimagining of the ps1 classic of the same title improves the game in every aspect from graphics and sound design to gameplay and voice acting. Facing the [...]

Best of Stage and Screen

1.  Six the Musical:  Fresh off the heels of Hamilton, Six tells the story of King Henry VIII's wives, from their perspective, like you've never heard before.  It was created by two students at Cambridge University while they toiled over finals.  Amazing!  Thanks to Six, I can now tell you the names of all of King Henry VIII's wives, in order, which ones were divorced, beheaded (hint: it wasn't all of them!), died, and survived.  Can't we just learn all history via Broadway musical?!  (To be fair, I've only watched videos of Six performances on YouTube.  One day I'll see it on the [...]

2019 Best of

Lauren Daigle, Look Up Child Pentatonix, The Best of Pentatonix Christmas Lecrae, Let the Trap Say Amen Piano Guys, A Family Christmas Harriet, movie soundtack Kanye West, Jesus is King Checkout more 2019 staff picks: Allison's List Sarah's List Todd's List James' List

Best Music 2019

Tyler, the Creator, IGOR Flyinglotus, Flamagra King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Infest the Rats Nest FKA Twigs, Magdalene Steve Lacy, Apollo XXI King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Fishing for Fishies And finally, GREY Area by Little Simz. Checkout more 2019 staff picks: Sarah's List Todd's List James' List

2019 Favorites

Palehound, Black Friday Angel Olsen, All Mirrors Better Oblivion Community Center, Better Oblivion Community Center FKA Twigs, Magdalene U.F.O.F., Big Thief Girlpool, What Chaos is Imaginary Kishi Bashi, Omoiyari Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Ghosteen The Mountain Goats, In League with Dragons Cartoon Network, Steven Universe The Movie And a few more: Foie Gras, Holy Hell Elizabeth Colour Wheel, Nocebo Lady Lamb, Even in the Tremor Sarah Jaffe, Smut and The Beetlejuice Musical OST See more 2019 staff picks: Todd's List James' List

Books as Gifts

by Ruby Smart Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, December 8, 2019 My favorite part of being the Youth Services Manager at the library is picking out the books for teens and kids that you see on the shelves at all nine library locations in Ross County. While we hope you borrow books from the library, we understand that you also like to buy books and give the gift of reading. To help you, here are some of my favorites from the past year that would make great holiday gifts. For Preschoolers through 2nd graders: The Yasmin series [...]

Best of 2019

#1 – Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? This was a tough choice between this and Yola for #1, but I think Billie’s is unlike anything else out there. This made me excited about the future of music. #2 ­- Yola – Walk Through Fire Stunning! That voice! #3 – The Strumbellas – Rattlesnake I LOVE this album so much! Joyous, sing-along music from a phenomenal live band. #4 – Thom Yorke – Anima Not for everyone but I appreciate his soundscapes and cool, trance-like beats. More hypnotic than his work in [...]

Best Music of 2019

by James Hill, Library Director I listen to a lot of music and get recommendations from friends, concerts, and by having teenagers in the house. I listen across genres, but find myself gravitating to the familiar, too. Most often, an album cover or a review will catch my attention and I'll listen to it once or twice and move on. I know I really like an album or an artist when I find myself seeking out the same songs or albums over and over instead of just streaming what's new and shiny. Here are a few of my [...]


by James Hill Originally published on the Chillicothe Gazette website on November 23, 2019. Every year, my family makes a Thanksgiving Tree. It’s just a piece of brown paper cut into a tree shape and taped to the wall. Whenever someone visits, we ask them to write something they’re thankful for on a paper leaf and add it to the tree. By the end of the month we have a full display. This year's tree (with a paper bonfire) before any "thankful" leaves were added. There are always the broad groupings like friends, family, health. But [...]

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