Library Blog: for future reference

Library Blog: for future reference2021-09-14T14:37:51+00:00

Gift Giving Guide

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, November 28, 2021 So many books, so little time! That’s just one of the great things about the public library. You can borrow a book without any obligation to like it—or even read it! Sometimes though there are books that you want to own or, better yet, give to someone. In preparation for the upcoming holidays, here is a list of worthy books compiled by library staff that you might consider gifting to a bookworm. "Aaron Slater," Illustrator by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (Picture Book) Part of the “Questioneers Picture Book [...]

A Time for Traditions

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, November 14, 2021 by Sheena Brown Every year I look forward to the moment, usually just after Thanksgiving (though sometimes slightly before), when I can finally decorate for Christmas. I dig the colored totes from the far reaches of the garage, put on the Bing Crosby playlist, and make hot chocolate for anyone willing to help. Together we unwrap ornaments, sort stockings from past pets and current children, and say goodbye to things that have unfortunately reached their end. In our house, this is so much more than a task to be completed. [...]

More ways to borrow with hoopla Flex

Our digital collection just got better! Are you a library power user who maxes out their 15 hoopla borrows every month?  Today, CRCPL is excited to launch a new way to borrow even more eBook and audiobook titles through hoopla! New hoopla Flex borrows! In addition to the 15 hoopla Instant borrows you receive each month with your library card, you now will have 5 hoopla Flex borrows you can use on thousands of specially-marked hoopla Flex eBooks and audiobooks. With hoopla Flex titles, you will find thousands of new and popular books that you can borrow now [...]

Mental Health Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

by Sheena Brown Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, October 10, 2021. In junior high, I was mildly obsessed with the Halloween movies. Never mind that Halloween 3 made no sense with the rest of the series. It was a classic that my best friend and I spent our weekends watching and re-watching. It felt fun to feel afraid, in the comfort of her parent’s basement, curled in a nest of blankets, guarded by her usually sleeping golden retriever. It was entertainment. As I grew, my relationship with fear grew as well. Evolving from something innocent and exciting to a [...]

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month!

by Heather Van Gundy originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, August 29, 2021: It is September already! How did that happen? You may not know, but September is a big deal in the library world. It is National Library Card Sign-up Month! Every year, Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library tries to do something to celebrate and attract new people to the library. This year has provided mix-ups galore, so we are throwing back our own curveball. Of course, we love to see new people use the library, but we want to bring BACK our current cardholders, too. Hi, [...]

The Library is for EVERYBODY!

by Debbie Nunziato Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette August 8, 2021 Stop by any Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library location and you’re likely to find any number of people looking for books, searching for just the right title for movie night, or maybe just quietly sitting and reading today’s Chillicothe Gazette. From children’s storytimes and Science Club events to cooking and book clubs for adults, the library is for everybody! Most people know that the library provides much-needed resources and support to our community. But did you know that YOU can actually help support your library? We [...]

Summer Cooking

by Liz Gibbons-Camp Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette July 25, 2021 Summer is a time of long, bright evenings, and drawn-out twilight hours. As shadows lengthen, the heat of the day gives way to cooler air. It’s a perfect time to slow down and reflect, and enjoy sitting outside. For me, summer evenings also mean summer cooking. How is summer cooking different from other cooking? Three main things define summer cooking for me:  don’t heat up the house, include lots of fresh local produce, and keep it simple. Many houses once had a second kitchen, either outdoors [...]

CRCPL director named Librarian of the Year

Press release from the Ohio Library Council, August 5, 2021: James Hill, CRCPL Director We are pleased to announce that James Hill, Director of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library has been named the 2021 Librarian of the Year. This prestigious award honors a librarian whose recent accomplishments have impacted the library profession and library service to the community. During the pandemic and under Hill's leadership, the library developed a check-in program to monitor the elderly and isolated individuals. He added Chromebooks for patron checkout, extended Wi-Fi access, and created a telehealth room at the Main [...]

Where are my holds?

You may have noticed that your holds list keeps getting longer and longer. The State Library recently signed a new delivery contract. Hold on (pun intended) while they work out the logistics of moving items around to the 732 public libraries in Ohio. Thanks for your patience. On the plus side, you’ve got a lot to look forward to!

Reclaim Your Independence

by Jenn Slone originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, July 4, 2021 While I'm celebrating Independence Day this year, I also happen to be asking myself: Just how independent am I, really? I rely on big Agriculture for most of my food and big Tech for most of my entertainment; I pay people to do maintenance on my car and home; I have common household items delivered right to my door; and I let someone read books to me, for goodness' sake. I’m completely useless. Most folks have probably seen that meme online about “What Gives People Feelings of Power.” [...]

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