Stories tagged with: Blair Tom

February 5, 2014 - 12:08pm
29 weeks 2 days ago

For those feeling cooped up in this winter weather there's a place of escape.

The Muskingum County Library System said during snow days they see an influx of patrons into their buildings. Most are families looking for entertainment in the form of DVDs or kids taking time to place with the puzzles. They're also borrowing books.

"We get messages and have conversations from superintendents and teachers that it's really important during these periods where there's been prolonged...

January 31, 2014 - 4:02pm
30 weeks 7 hours ago

A branch of the Muskingum County Library System was closed Friday due to weather complications.

Assistant Director, Blair Tom says that the extreme shifts in temperatures caused the sidewalk in front of the South Zanesville branch to lift, making it impossible to open its front doors.

We are working on getting that resolved. We have a short term solution. The concrete will be jack hammered and there will be gravel and when the ground thaws we will replace the concrete,...

January 21, 2014 - 11:41am
31 weeks 3 days ago

If you're feeling trapped by the winter weather and are looking to escape a good book may cure the season's blues.

The Muskingum County Library System is getting set to launch its "Book bags to Go" for adults. The bags contain three books. All adults have to do is pick a bag, borrow the books, return the books when finished and the bag is yours to keep.

The staff uses their creativity in choosing the books for each bag.

"People really enjoy discovering what...

December 16, 2013 - 3:15pm
36 weeks 4 days ago

The John McIntire Library is set to implement some procedural changes after receiving suggestions from its patrons.

Starting on January 2nd, library card holders will be able to put more items on their cards including books and cd's.

"Currently customers can borrow 50 items at one time using their library card and that will increase to 75 items which sounds like quite a lot. Some families use one card for their entire family so it make its easier for them to manage,...

October 28, 2013 - 4:56pm
43 weeks 4 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System selected a special panel of researchers to review its electronic web site just in time for annual budgeting.

Four community members were asked to rate the library's online databases on a scale from one to five. The researchers evaluated the ease of access, value of information and availability of resources on the virtual library and gave their suggestions.

"One of the comments we heard again and again is it's great resource, but people...

October 9, 2013 - 2:04pm
46 weeks 2 days ago

The staff at the John McIntire Library will be hard at work for the next few days as they prepare the budget for 2014.

Assistant Director of John McIntire Library, Blair Tom says they are taking a different approach than previous years. Typically, they would start with what was spent last year, but this year they are starting with community priorities and how the library can achieve those.

"In the past we would start with department kinds of submissions,” said Tom....

August 15, 2013 - 3:59pm
1 year 2 weeks ago

Officials from the Muskingum County Library System were in attendance at a week long boot camp for library associates.

The Public Library Association met in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss the possibility of adding new programs and technology into existing library systems.

"What's really exciting is there were 71 library associates from 6 states in the District of Columbia and we spoke about innovation and trends world wide not just nationally, and how we might adapt those...

July 23, 2013 - 4:55pm
1 year 5 weeks ago

The John McIntire Library is already preparing for their fall programs and there's something for everybody to participate in.

"We're working on some exiting adult programs," said Blair Tom, Assistant Director of John McIntire Library. "An Ohio humanities speaker on the American presidents and their sense of humor in October. Today , we wind down the Cincinnati Children's Theater who will be visiting us in December with a magician for family nights coming."

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May 30, 2013 - 10:26am
1 year 13 weeks ago

Need ideas for things to do with the family this summer season.

The Muskingum County Library System is offering some ideas with a staycation display. It features things to do and see in our area and the state, visitors guides and plenty of information.

"It really takes some of the effort out of planning. They are idea starters," said Assistant Director Blair Tom. "They give really specific information about things children will enjoy or the lines will be long so...

May 13, 2013 - 3:13pm
1 year 15 weeks ago

Local kids are encouraged to dive into reading this summer.

Muskingum County Libraries are preparing for their summer reading program for 2013. The 6 week event is called "Dig into Reading". The students are encouraged to dig into different subjects including, treasures, travels and dinosaurs. Assistant Director, Blair Tom says it's important to keep kids reading throughout the summer months.

"Well studies indicate that students that don't read during the summer...

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