by Ruby Smart

Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, Janury 31, 2021

What to do when we can’t hold in-person programs in the library? How about programs in a bag?

After 10 months of the pandemic, Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library still isn’t back to regular programming or even regular hours. Starting Monday, Feb. 1, most locations will reopen for browsing (except the Main Library, as it’s getting new carpet and a little work finished up on the inside).  So, since we can’t provide programming inside the library, we have “take-and-make” programs available at all nine of our locations.

The take-and-makes vary from week to week and location to location.  For example, if you want to make a Chinese New Year dragon puppet, you can head to the Howard S. Young Branch Library in Frankfort and pick up a kit after February 8.  Another option is to drive over to the Paxton Branch starting tomorrow, February 1, and pick up a kit to make your very own pom-pom Valentine monster while supplies last.  We plan to offer different take-and-makes each month. Check out the library’s Facebook page starting in March for a list of all the take-and-makes available each week.

But take-and-makes aren’t just for crafts. The library has also partnered with the OSU Extension office for several years to provide informative and fun programming that even a pandemic hasn’t stopped!

In February, Sally Bluck from OSU Extension will host a weekly STEM@home class. In the first class, Sally will teach us to make our own Bristle Bot, a robot made from a toothbrush! Don’t forget to sign up online for your own STEM@home kit so you can build along with Sally live on the library’s Facebook or YouTube page.