Library Blog: for future reference

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

Books as Gifts

by Ruby Smart Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, December 8, 2019 My favorite part of being the Youth Services Manager at the library is picking out the books for teens and kids that you see on the shelves at all nine library locations in Ross County. While we hope you borrow books from the library, we understand that you also like to buy books and give the gift of reading. To help you, here are some of my favorites from the past year that would make great holiday gifts. For Preschoolers through 2nd graders: The Yasmin series [...]

Best of 2019

#1 – Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? This was a tough choice between this and Yola for #1, but I think Billie’s is unlike anything else out there. This made me excited about the future of music. #2 ­- Yola – Walk Through Fire Stunning! That voice! #3 – The Strumbellas – Rattlesnake I LOVE this album so much! Joyous, sing-along music from a phenomenal live band. #4 – Thom Yorke – Anima Not for everyone but I appreciate his soundscapes and cool, trance-like beats. More hypnotic than his work in [...]

Best Music of 2019

by James Hill, Library Director I listen to a lot of music and get recommendations from friends, concerts, and by having teenagers in the house. I listen across genres, but find myself gravitating to the familiar, too. Most often, an album cover or a review will catch my attention and I'll listen to it once or twice and move on. I know I really like an album or an artist when I find myself seeking out the same songs or albums over and over instead of just streaming what's new and shiny. Here are a few of my [...]


by James Hill Originally published on the Chillicothe Gazette website on November 23, 2019. Every year, my family makes a Thanksgiving Tree. It’s just a piece of brown paper cut into a tree shape and taped to the wall. Whenever someone visits, we ask them to write something they’re thankful for on a paper leaf and add it to the tree. By the end of the month we have a full display. This year's tree (with a paper bonfire) before any "thankful" leaves were added. There are always the broad groupings like friends, family, health. But [...]

Mt. Logan Recognition

Mr. Aaron Brown from Chillicothe City Schools, Mrs. Kimberly Hirsch, library board president, and James Hill, library director, receive the proclamation at the newly-remodeled Mt. Logan branch library. The library is pleased to receive recognition from the State Treasurer Robert Sprague for the recent Mt. Logan library renovation. The full-service branch, located inside the former Mt. Logan school on East Main St., is open from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Mondays and from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. We hope to see you there. Thank you Treasurer Sprague!

Thanking Veterans, Serving Veterans

Originally published in The Chillicothe Gazette, November 10, 2019. I flew to Seattle and stayed on base for one last goodbye to my son before his deployment to Afghanistan. Through a few tears and much pride, I hugged him and assured him of our prayers and support. He was finally getting the opportunity to do what he’d been waiting for since he was a young boy, to be a soldier. On the plane back to Ohio I inhaled, and didn’t exhale until about a year later when he came home. There is a rich history of military service [...]

Discovering Discovery Garden

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, October 27, 2019. When my daughter was born, over ten years ago now, I embarked on the adventure of stay-at-home parenthood. I saw myself reading books as my daughter played contently nearby. I’d be meal-prepping, preparing and entertaining in a spotless home that I had ample time to tend to. For anyone who has ever had a child, y’all know that ridiculous bubble popped the moment I arrived home from the hospital. Instead, I was sore, terrified, and attached to another human for the foreseeable future. Of all the unexpected lessons I [...]

Library After Dark

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, October 13, 2019. As fall finally rolls in, the library is preparing for its annual Library After Dark program at Main. On the last Friday in October we will turn the second and third floor of the library into a haunted house…or more specifically this year, a creepy carnival. It takes a lot of work and planning for an event that’s only open for an hour and some people may wonder, why is the library putting on a haunted house, what does that have to do with books or literacy? Just as [...]

Freegal Streaming is Here!

Lots of patrons take advantage of Freegal Music, which is an electronic resource available to any Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library cardholder.  With Freegal, you can download three songs per week, which are yours to keep and do not disappear from your device or need to be returned. Today, local music lovers rejoice!  CRCPL has just picked up Freegal Streaming, which will also allow you to stream five hours of music per day from your phone, tablet, or computer.  You can listen to whole albums and create playlists.  And the best part of Freegal, compared to other [...]

Publishers limit libraries’ ability to provide eBooks

Originally published in The Chillicothe Gazette, September 29, 2019. Library patrons know the value of a sharing economy. Some people may be able to afford a monthly Audible subscription, but most can’t. Libraries harness the power of sharing resources in order to provide access to all and eBooks should be no different. Our library system circulated 55,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks in 2018, but providing patrons with these materials is an uphill battle thanks to a fairly unregulated publisher’s market. The American Library Association and others have taken a stand for libraries and readers. Over the past [...]

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