Library Blog: for future reference

Library Blog: for future reference2019-02-27T14:54:45+00:00

Thank you!

#GivingTuesday, the annual international day of giving, is celebrated this year on November 27. Of course, you can donate to the library anytime, but #GivingTuesday is your reminder to help support the library (and other organizations!) with year-end giving. Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library partners with the Columbus Foundation to process and invest our donations. Specifically, they manage the Library Fund for Ross County. Of course, all donations are tax deductible. When you donate to the Library Fund for Ross County, you help to ensure the future of public libraries in the area. Did you know in 2017 [...]

The 2019 BIG READ

You're invited to an evening of conversation with author Michael Zadoorian on Thursday, January 24 at the Main Library Annex from 6 to 8 p.m. Zadoorian is the author of several books, most recently Beautiful Music (May, 2018). His 2010 book, The Leisure Seeker, was recently made into a feature film staring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. In preparation for his visit, the library asked Mr. Zadoorian a few questions:   Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library (CRCPL): Who is your literary hero and your literary nemesis? Michael Zadoorian:  I would have to say it’s probably the same person, [...]

A Timeline

Ross County is rich in history. From the eagle weather vane to the fabled Burton E. Stevenson, libraries have always been a part of that story. By the simplest measure, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library is a little more than 50 years old (see 1968). By other counts, you could say we're over 160 years old, even over 200 years old. We are fortunate that many folks over the years had the foresight to clip newspaper articles, take photos, and keep newsletters and correspondence. Combing through scrapbooks, dusty boxes and folders, we've compiled a timeline highlighting the [...]

Resume and Interview Tips

from James Hill, Director of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library We don't do a lot of hiring at the library, but when we post an opening we often get a lot of resumes. It's a very competitive process. I'm not an HR expert, but I know what appeals to me as a library administrator. Here are some of my thoughts about the hiring process. The resume: Your resume represents you in a small space. It’s the first impression. Chose a readable font. Use spellcheck and ask someone to proofread for you. Typos are absolutely untolerable [sic]. Pay [...]

Safety first

Although Chillicothe City Schools don't start until after Labor Day this year due to new construction, most of the other school districts in our area are back in session. It's a good time to remind ourselves to be aware of stopped school buses and students walking to school. It's also a good time to refresh the library's hours. Every fall, the locations in town (Main and Northside), adjust weekend hours to include Sunday afternoons. It gives students (and families) a little more time to get to the library for research, computers, books, and movies. We've also adjusted other hours [...]

Catching Up with L. Philips

L. Philips (the nom de plume of Laura Pinnix) is a librarian and writer from Chillicothe. Her most recent novel, Sometime after Midnight, was just released. You can meet Philips at the Main Library Annex on August 29. In preparation for that event, we asked her a few questions. Librarians often visit other libraries when they travel. Do you do that? Do you visit literary sites? Any library and/or literary selfies to share?  I always try to visit libraries! It’s kind of a cheat, but the British Library was my favorite because of the music scores they have. It [...]

Recent Staff Picks

Even more staff recommendations to get you through the dog days... [click on any image to be directed to the library's catalog]                                  [click on any image to be directed to the library's catalog]         

Late Summer Reading

Summer's not over yet! You still have time to escape into a book and learn something new. If you need suggestions, here are a few titles your favorite local public librarians have been reading. There's something for everyone: [click on any image to be directed to the library's catalog]                                   [click on any image to be directed to the library's catalog]

Thank You!

As we near the end of the Bookworm program, we'd like to thank our generous sponsors for helping to make this year's program a wonderful success! Adena Health System Junior Civic League JLS Building Services Gordon Flesch Marco’s Pizza SportClips Institute of Museum and Library Science Homeland Credit Union Buckeye Propane Ware Funeral Home The Haute Doggerie Super Expressway Cavalier Rink Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop Friends of the Library Applebee’s Chipotle McDonald’s Taco Bell State Library of Ohio Ohio State Fair Ohio State Parks Ohio Renaissance Festival Mighty Children’s Museum Shoe Carnival Ross County YMCA Dairy Queen Chillicothe [...]

A Chillicothe Renaissance Man

In 1974, the Stevenson Center opened on the Chillicothe branch campus of Ohio University. Unsurprisingly, the building houses the campus’ Quinn Library. Unsurprising because the namesake was a world-renowned librarian from right here in Chillicothe. Click to enlarge. Burton Egbert Stevenson was born nearly 150 years ago on November 9, 1872. After graduating from Chillicothe High School, he attended Princeton University in New Jersey. In 1893, he returned to his hometown to work for local newspapers, including The Gazette, The Daily News, and The Chillicothe Budget. In 1899, Stevenson became the Director of the Chillicothe Public Library, [...]

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