Libraries in Ohio are supported primarily by your state taxes. A percentage of the general revenue of the State of Ohio goes to public libraries. The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library also has a 1.5 mill, five year voted local tax levy for the years 2016-2020.
Library Fund for Ross County
The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library has an endowment fund that will slowly build over time and eventually be able to supplement the operating fund of the library or pay for special projects not otherwise funded. Gifts to this fund can be made in one of two ways:
- Online at The Giving Store at The Columbus Foundation, which manages the fund, or
- Via check, made payable to the Columbus Foundation. On the memo line, please write: Library Fund for Ross County. Gifts to the endowment fund in the form of check should be mailed to the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library, P.O. Box 185, Chillicothe, OH 45601.
Estate planning is another way to remember your library.
All gifts to the Library or the endowment fund are tax deductible.
Kroger Community Rewards Program
The Library is a partner with the Kroger Company in their Community Rewards Program where a portion of your Kroger purchases will be donated to the library. You must have a Kroger Plus Card and you can enroll online at: www.krogercommunityrewards.com and select Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library (#90071) to receive the Kroger Donation. This is paid by Kroger, not by the customer.
Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library is a support group for the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library. It is composed of people who are interested in promoting and helping the Library.
The Friends of the Library support a broad range of activities including author programs, book sales and other events. We also provide support and refreshments for programs put on by the library, provide things not provided for in the library’s budget, and generally try to lend a hand wherever we can (that’s what makes us so friendly).
The Friends’ Board of Trustees meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Main Library and meetings are open to the public.
Friends of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library was organized in 1981 with 19 members, with the goal of raising funds to supplement the library’s budget. There are now nearly 500 members, and we hope you’ll join us.
Put Yourself on the Shelf Program by the Friends of the Library
You can support the library’s purchase of needed books and dedicate them as gifts or tributes to friends, family, business associates or organizations.
Simply fill out the order form (available at any of our locations) and take it along with payment to the Circulation Desk.
You will receive a gift card to give to the honoree, and the book will be identified with a dedication bookplate and placed in circulation for the entire community to enjoy.