Library Blog: for future reference

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

Beyond Books

The library is very excited to once again have a Sunday column in the Chillicothe Gazette. Every other week or so, various staff will share activities, thoughts, and other information. The new column started this past weekend and is printed here in it's entirety. Beyond Books: The library system has much to offer and invites you to stay awhile by James Hill (Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette on March 17, 2019) As the library director, I attend a lot of community meetings with a lot of different governmental, social, and service organizations and I can report that [...]

The 2019 Tournament of Books

Throw down on the hardwood or bounce into hardbacks? It's time for March Madness and another round of the library's Tournament of Books! As you'll recall, last year we invited you to take a literary journey. This year, we're delving into the novel lives of our favorite animals. How to play-- There are 32 pairs of animals on the bracket. Pick your favorites. After week one, based on all the votes, we’ll narrow the list to 16. After week two it’s winnowed to 8, etc. By the end of March, we will have one winning animal. You can [...]

Road Trip!

Last month a co-worker and I were lucky enough to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Seattle, Washington.  I could go on for pages talking about the amazing things I learned and the awesome people I met, but today I want to focus on my favorite part of the conference, the Youth Media Awards (YMA). The YMA’s are announced every year at Midwinter and include such categories as the Stonewall Award, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and of course, the more famous Printz, Newberry, and Caldecott awards. Additionally, this year was the 50th anniversary of [...]

…but it will be back!

A couple of weeks ago, the library got a phone call from the Ohio Statehouse asking if they could borrow our historic weathervane for a special exhibit and reception. Of course we said yes. Usually, the 1802 Eagle Weathervane can be seen on the wall at street level. It will be returned to the library in December. If you don't know, the library is the proud owner of the original eagle weathervane that graced the top of Ohio's first (and third) capitol building in Chillicothe. In past years, the eagle has been library's and city's logo and [...]

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 [...]

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