Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, January 3, 2021

by Jenn Slone, Access Team Leader

Christmas has come and gone, and many people are the new owners of shiny Internet-enabled devices. If you have a new smartphone, your natural inclination might be to spend countless hours mindlessly scrolling through aesthetically-pleasing content on Instagram, or duetting on TikTok, or doomscrolling on Twitter. Fortunately for CRCPL cardholders, the library offers lots of content that is not only entertaining, but also enriching. (And dare I say… educational?)

There are multiple ways to connect to the library with a new device. If your smartphone, laptop, desktop computer, smart TV, or tablet has an Internet browser, you can visit CRCPL.org for the library catalog, your account, and all of our digital resources. The “SEO Libraries” app is available on mobile devices, and can be used to search the catalog, place holds, link family accounts, and more.

Since in-person programming is currently suspended, we have virtual programs for all ages at facebook.com/crcpl and youtube.com/user/CRCPLibrary, including Discovery Garden Live storytimes, virtual book clubs, game nights, and cooking and craft programs. Tech Tutoring sessions as well as Drop-In Chats with our Peer Support Specialist are offered via Zoom. On our website, you can sign up to receive our Adult Services newsletter by email to stay in the loop about future library events and services.

Readers with a new device will enjoy having access to eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines through the Ohio Digital Library via the Libby app. The hoopla app offers eBooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, music, film, and television. Young readers love our newest eResource, NatGeo for Kids, which features animal and science eBooks and videos. If you need reading recommendations, visit our website to sign up for email book lists through Select Reads, or to submit a request to have our library staff put together a collection of books for you.

https://www.crcpl.org/elibrary/

To scratch that entertainment and creative itch, we offer critically-acclaimed British television through AcornTV, as well as streaming music and song downloads with Freegal. Creativebug features hours of online arts and crafts instruction. ArtistWorks provides access to musical instrument instruction videos by Grammy award-winning musicians. If that’s not enough entertainment for you, watch our web site for access to Kanopy Indie Films in 2021!

For the online learner, we offer Gale Courses, Transparent Language, and a world of knowledge through the Ohio Web Library, including kids’ encyclopedias and virtual reading rooms. The DIYer will enjoy access to the Chilton Auto Repair Library, and those interested in tracing their family roots have access to Ancestry, Heritage Quest, Fold3 Military Records, African American Heritage, and the Hayes Obituary Index.

If you have a new Internet-enabled device, but no Internet, visit our library parking lots for WiFi access. If you need Internet at home for a short period of time, place a hold on one of our WiFi hotspots. Coming soon to CRCPL – Chromebooks for checkout!

To access our online resources, all you need is your library card number and PIN. Visit CRCPL.org to register for a card and to access our digital resources. Call 740-702-4145 or email contact@crcpl.org if you need help logging on or to set up a virtual Tech Tutoring session.

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Jenn Slone is Access Team Leader at CRCPL, where she manages the library’s digital services as well as the IT, Technical Processing, and Outreach departments.