by Heather Van Gundy

originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, August 29, 2021:

It is September already! How did that happen? You may not know, but September is a big deal in the library world. It is National Library Card Sign-up Month!

Every year, Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library tries to do something to celebrate and attract new people to the library. This year has provided mix-ups galore, so we are throwing back our own curveball. Of course, we love to see new people use the library, but we want to bring BACK our current cardholders, too. Hi, all. It’s the library calling. This year has been a doozy. We are back. We’re open. Come see us. What do you mean you’ve lost your library card? We can help with that. During the entire month of September we will issue library replacement cards for FREE.

Now that you’re coming back to get that replacement card, we also have a challenge for you: a library scavenger hunt. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult, and if you complete all of the clues, you will get a prize. Everyone likes free swag! The activity is appropriate for all ages and available at every library location, so come see us!

While you’ve been gone, we have added an entire collection of ‘Beyond Books‘ items. What is a Beyond Book item, you say? The Beyond Books Collection contains cool everyday stuff – beyond books and movies – that you can borrow from the library. Some of the highlights are: bicycles, Wifi hotspots, a telescope, a guitar, a sled, Chromebooks, ukuleles, cake pans, and so many other things. As always, you can take these things home for free! Granted, we want them back, but you can always borrow them again when you need them. Think of it as a timeshare option, or just that you won’t have to dig the stuff out of the back of the closet. Can you think of a cool item the library should lend? Let us know!

To register for a new library card, view all of the items in the Beyond Books Collection, or contact us, visit CRCPL.org.


Heather VanGundy is the Circulation Coordinator for CRCPL. She oversees circulation as well as the Beyond Books Collection.