Welcome back!

by Debbie Nunizatio

originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, April 4, 2021

April 4-10 is National Library Week, and we’ve got some celebrating to do! It’s the week each year when we get to share with our communities all the reasons to love our libraries. This year’s national theme is ‘Welcome to the Library.’ Maybe you have visited us during the past year, but if not, we want to welcome you back.

We take every possible precaution available to us to keep you safe, and we miss you! Of course, it’s understandable that some folks do not feel comfortable being out in public places just yet. We get it. We just want you to know that there will be a lot going on during National Library Week to welcome you (back) to the library, both virtually and in-person.

We are pleased to announce that the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale is back this year. The sale will run Monday, April 5th through Saturday, April 10th in the Main Library Annex during the following hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Things will be a bit different this time as we limit the number of shoppers, require hand sanitizing and mask wearing, and enforce social distancing. The good news is that we have two years’ worth of books to sell! There’s something for everyone, and prices are ridiculously low at $5 per box (we provide the boxes) or 50 cents per item. Come on over and check it out.

Also on our National Library Week schedule is a Virtual Town Hall with State Senator Bob Peterson; State Representative Mark Johnson; Library Director James Hill; Julie Bowen, Executive Director of Ross County Community Action; Adrienne D’Souza, President of the Ross County NAACP; Rick Smith, President/CEO of United Way of Ross County; Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney; Ross County Health District and more. You can watch the Town Hall live on YouTube (youtube.com/CRCPLibrary) or on Facebook. It will be archived for later viewing.

We’re planning a very busy week of virtual events, too. These events can also be accessed through YouTube and Facebook. Join us online for Storytime, Discovery Garden, a cooking class, an art class, a STEM class, a book club, and even a drive-up movie for the family. (The movie is in-person but from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle—just tune your car radio to the correct frequency for surround sound!) For a complete schedule and details, see crcpl.org/events.


Debbie Nunziato is the Community Relations and Development Manager for the library.