Library Blog: for future reference

Library Blog: for future reference2019-08-19T15:39:35+00:00

Bookworm: 65 Years of Reading

by Ruby Smart, Youth Services Manager [Originally published in The Chillicothe Gazette] In 1951, members of the Chillicothe Junior Civic League (JCL) started a summer reading program called Bookworm. Its purpose was to encourage kids to keep reading during summer break. In 1953, Burton Stevenson, the director of the Chillicothe Public Library, wrote a letter to JCL expressing an interest in collaborating on Bookworm. In 1954, the first year of the partnership, the theme was Space Travel to the Planets. The program was for kids in first through sixth grades. Children were given paper rockets when they signed up [...]

How much do you know about your public library?

Beyond Books by Debbie Nunziato          [originally published in The Chillicothe Gazette, May 12, 2019] The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library (CRCPL) is part of a consortium of nearly 100 library systems throughout Ohio, from Ashtabula to Brown County. If you don’t see that book, DVD, CD or magazine on our shelves, you can request it from another location. You can also suggest titles to be added to our local collection by filling out a form at the front desk or by going online to The library staff answers about 3,500 reference questions every month! We can [...]

Jean E. Myers

by James Hill If you've ever visited the Northside Branch, you've probably seen signs for The Myers Room. Recently, a staff member asked me who Jean E. Myers was. I admitted that I didn't know but would see what I could find out. I started by asking current and past staff members who worked for the library around the time of the Northside construction, 1996-1997. Surprisingly, no one had a lot of information. From meeting minutes, we know that when Mrs. Myers died in 1997, she left $78,000 to the library. As recognition of the gift, the Library [...]

Happy National Library Week!

Abridged Books and the Friends of the Library Book Sale Originally published April 7, 2019 in the Chillicothe Gazette by James Hill “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read,” said Mark Twain. I understand that. I love to read and do it daily, but there are some books that I end up skimming. Although far from a classic, I recently picked up the James Patterson/Bill Clinton book, The President is Missing. It’s not my normal fare, but it was the most checked out book in the library system last year [...]

Technology as Tool, Not Taskmaster

by Jennifer Slone Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette on March 31, 2019 A couple weeks ago, the library experienced an unfortunate internet outage following a thunderstorm with high winds that knocked out an essential piece of networking equipment. Without internet, the usage of our public computers was limited, we had no WiFi service, and our email was down. Although our staff worked diligently to get our equipment up and running, it took a couple days to get back online. As Access Team Leader at the library, I manage IT as well as our digital services. I knew [...]

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 [...]

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