Library Blog: for future reference

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

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, [...]

Tye the Listening Dog…and Takeo, too.

You never know what will come out of the library!  The local Chillicothe Movie Makers Club for kids, run by Marcus McKillip, meets regularly in our Main Library Annex during the school year.  Recently, the group made a short film about one of everyone’s favorite local celebrities, Tye the Listening Dog!  We’ve included the video below; here’s an introduction to just what Tye and his owner Marilyn do at our library, written by Youth Services Assistant, Jenny Roberts: For several years, the library has been privileged to have a special program for beginning and reluctant readers.  If you are [...]


Hello!  My name is Jennifer Slone and I am the new Access Team Leader at the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library.  I came to CRCPL after serving for the past four years as the Public Services Coordinator at the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County.  In Pike County, I managed the Circulation, Reference, and Children’s departments, media relations, the Summer Reading Program, Guiding Ohio Online, a myriad of grant projects, and many “other duties as assigned.”  Being Jill-of-all-trades has given me a wide range of library knowledge, and I’m really excited to put that to good [...]

Head West!

Today is my last day at Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library.  Many of you have probably never seen me before, and that’s because for the last 6 years I have been mostly working behind the scenes, first as the Digital Services Manager and then as the Access Team Leader.  I have happily managed social media, the website, and the online systems many of you use to register for events, reserve meeting rooms, and log your Bookworm reading and activities.  I’ve purchased your books & eBooks, and I’ve chosen and managed the databases that many of you use like [...]


If you find yourself near Richmond Dale, be sure to stop by the library and say hi to one of the newest librarians. Samantha just started this week!                             Remember:  you can borrow library items from any Ross County location and return them to any other location. Road trip!

SEO Books

Our ability to get books from libraries across the state through the Serving Every Ohioan Consortium (SEO) is amazing. The other day I was searching for copies of Aesop’s fables (hopefully you know about the upcoming fundraiser!), and ran across this book in the catalog:  Aesop’s Mirror by Maryalice Huggins. The brief description reads, “An antiques restorer describes her discovery of a rare American fox-and-grapes mirror at a country auction, a finding for which she was challenged to research and prove the object's authenticity in the male-dominated antiques arena.” I like to poke around antique stores and watch American [...]

The National Anthem

Libraries: because even our national anthem ends with a question. Originally 30 feet by 42 feet, "The Star-spangled Banner" is on permanent display at the Smithsonian.         (You just sang it in your head, didn’t you?) “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”     The poem, “Defence of Fort M'Henry,” by Francis Scott Key was written in 1814. It wasn’t immediately set to music or used as the national anthem until the later part of that century when it was [...]

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