Stories tagged with: Blair Tom

October 28, 2013 - 4:56pm
36 weeks 5 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
39 weeks 3 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
47 weeks 2 days 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
50 weeks 4 days 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."

May 30, 2013 - 10:26am
1 year 6 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 8 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...

May 1, 2013 - 8:47pm
1 year 10 weeks ago

A recent national study from the State Library reported Wednesday that parents who were surveyed still find value in their public libraries.

91% of parents felt libraries were important for children and 84% said libraries play an important role in developing children's life long love of books and reading.

"So as we here in Muskingum County, look and plan about transforming public libraries in Muskingum county, we see affirmation in many of the things we are trying to do and...

April 16, 2013 - 11:25am
1 year 12 weeks ago

While Kindle E-readers have been available at John McIntire Library for several months they'll now broaden the horizons of younger library patrons.

Through the Fisher Literacy Center three Kindle E-readers are available at the Duncan Falls/Philo Library. The center honors the memory of Denny and Erma Fisher and their son.

The three Kindles have the choice of picture books, easy readers and chapter books. The library's assistant director said it's important for kids to read no...

March 18, 2013 - 10:16am
1 year 16 weeks ago

It's the final event in a series to commemorate the flood of 1913.

Saturday, March 23rd elected officials will speak about the flood of 1913 and a former Muskingum County Commissioner will talk about how the event shaped the community we live in today. Five historic markers will also be presented.

"Markers will be unveiled for 5 of the recipients representative of the buildings and businesses that will be around Zanesville and Muskingum County following the event and...

March 12, 2013 - 6:45pm
1 year 17 weeks ago

For the past few weeks on WHIZ TV we have aired a dozen 90 second clips remembering the Great 1913 Flood in our area.

Now these small clips will be compiled into a DVD and will be available for purchase for twenty dollars through The John McIntire Library.

Assistant Director, Blair Tom said, "And so much interest has been expressed in having a copy that WHIZ Media Group has agreed to make those available late March early April, so people who are interested are welcome to...

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