Library Blog: for future reference

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

…and Read On!

from James Hill, Library Director It’s ironic that in the “information age,” we don’t always get the information we’re looking for. Or, as often as not, we have to stop and question the information we do get. That applies to Coronavirus, too. I'm not an expert, so in these situations I think it’s important to trust health officials rather than pundits and anecdotes. The State of Ohio’s Department of Health website maintains a list of suspected Covid19 cases in Ohio. As of now, March 9, there are no confirmed cases in our state with 4 outstanding tests [UPDATE: [...]

From the Reference Desk: 211 Helps Us Help You

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, February 16, 2020 By Jennifer Slone, Access Team Leader Over the past few years, as small-town economies have suffered and poverty has risen, library reference desks throughout the nation have been inundated with social service requests. Library patrons have immediate needs for things like housing, clothing, and food security, and while we want more than anything to help our patrons find the resources they need, we are library workers, not social workers. We often struggle keeping up with the abundance of resources available throughout the county. Which food pantries are still operating? [...]

Love Your Library

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, February 9, 2020 This February, Love Your Library! Winter is cold and dark, and you don’t want to leave the house. We get it. This February, we want to give you a reason to come to the library and explore all the things we have to offer. Our new winter reading program is Love Your Library (LYL) and we hope you’ll do just that. The Details:  We’re challenging you to do five library-related activities this month. It’s quick and easy to set up an account at www.crcpl/org/LYL to log your activities. Browse [...]

A Librarian’s Place Is in the Woods

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, February 2, 2020 About 25 years ago, my brother’s high school took a class trip to the Smoky Mountains. They were studying Appalachian history. He bought a souvenir for me, the CD “Ways That Are Dark: A Musical Companion to Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders.” It’s a great album and still available online (search YouTube for Daniel Gore). That was my first exposure to Kephart. Last month, my family and I spent a week in the Smoky Mountains. Seeing Kephart’s name in and around the park reminded me of that album. Later, [...]

Happy Birthday Dolly!

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, January 19, 2020 by Ruby Smart, Youth Services Manager You might wonder why this week’s library column is about Dolly Parton, who is a cultural icon known mostly for her music and her, well, other assets. Today Dolly Parton turns 74, and her legacy is more than just her fifty-plus years in the music industry. It’s also kids’ books. In an initiative that started in her hometown in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has passed out over 130 million books to 1.4 million kids across the world at no cost to the [...]

Top Titles of 2019

"Check out" our top checkouts of the year! Did you miss any of these great titles in 2019?  Head over to the catalog or call our reference desk at 740-702-4160 to place a hold. Visit hoopla and the Ohio Digital Library for digital downloads. Books for Adults Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto The House Next Door by James Patterson The First Lady by James Patterson The Chef by James Patterson Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich The Cornwalls are Gone by James Patterson Redemption by David Baldacci Target: Alex Cross [...]

Learn to use your new gadget at the library

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, January 5, 2020 by Jennifer Slone, CRCPL Access Team Leader Gadgets, gizmos, and games, oh my!  We’ve known for some time that electronic technology is inescapable, but holiday gift sales this year illustrated just how much we truly love being plugged in. According to MasterCard, online sales rose this holiday season 18.8 percent, while in-store sales rose just 1.2 percent. reports that the number of items it delivered with Prime free one-day and same-day delivery nearly quadrupled from 2018.  In just one week in December 2019, more than 5 million new [...]

Year-end Reading

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, December 21, 2019 by Sheena Brown and Kelsey Holmes Being a human is hard, but you're not alone. Sometimes - especially around the holidays - life gets downright ugly and no amount of twinkling lights or tinseled trees can change it. In those times, it’s important to take care of ourselves. For those looking to recharge their inner light, we bring you a list of inspirational books to fill your winter reading lists. “Recovery” by Russell Brand - If you’re a human, you’re numbing something. This book helps shine a light on [...]

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 [...]

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