This year is not normal, everyone knows that. In ‘normal’ years, the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library welcomes nearly 300,000 patrons through its doors. Patrons leisurely browse our stacks, dreaming of all the places books will take them; children run in to greet their favorite librarians who read them stories, and to tinker with computers and puzzles; adults chit chat as they run into one another while attending cooking and yoga programs. We love a bustling library. We miss you.
But because we love our patrons, we’ve instituted the necessary safeguards to make sure folks can continue receiving books and enrichment from the library, even during a global pandemic. While programming and services may be limited right now, we’ve worked hard to expand our offerings through digital services, drive-in and drive-through programming, and Outreach.
The library’s robust Outreach Department is somewhat of a hidden gem. Manager Mike Jones and Assistant Jenny Roberts work quietly behind the scenes, coordinating and delivering library materials each week to some of our county’s most vulnerable patrons.
The Outreach Department provides books (fiction, nonfiction, and large print), audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, Talking Books, braille materials, and more to elderly patrons and patrons who have qualifying conditions that make it impossible to leave the home. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is dangerous for immunocompromised individuals to leave the home, therefore we have expanded our Outreach services to assist patrons in that camp, too.
The Outreach Department serves patrons in private residences, in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities, and in congregate housing. Patrons interested in library delivery service can call the Outreach Department at 740-702-4111