Assistant Director of the John McIntire Library, Blair Tom, says in 2013, for every dollar invested in the general revenue fund, the library provided $5.15 in services, resources and materials to the community.
"Every year we try to grow that," said Tom. "We think it's important. Certainly we're pleased with the figure, but we always want to do better. So we're not satisfied, but we feel that $5.15 is a good return on investment for every dollar."
Creativity was sparked at the John McIntire Library Saturday afternoon.
With a team and a box of legos area youth spent the wintry afternoon building original creations in this year's 4th Annual Lego Tournament. The tournament has really gained momentum among elementary and middle school kids alike, so much so that officials had to turn kids away this year.
"We always try to have something going on at the library for kids to come and do. At least a couple family nights a...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
The Muskingum County Library System hosted an open house on Thursday to celebrate community partnerships.
Friends and partners of the library system met at the Carnegie Wing of the John McIntire Library to receive recognition for their contributions to education and literacy of community members of all ages.
"Emerging literacy, that's very young children, school age literacy and adult literacy, and we want to highlight the important outcomes occurring as a result of these...
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."
A unique perspective on culture is on display at the John McIntire Library.
The Carnegie Wing Gallery is home to several works by Newark artist Emily Talbott. She creates eco-collages, using pieces of paper from all over the world and made with sustainable resources and layers them on canvas to create the works of art.
"We're really uniquely positioned to share some enrichment opportunities with our communities and we do that with live performances, with summer readers and...
Those traveling into the downtown will see a beautiful site once work is complete.
The John McIntire Library recently removed some trees on the 5th Street side of the building that were over 20 years old. The trees were sick and others dead. The removal left the library in need of landscaping for the space. Thanks to the Daybreak Rotary the area is changing.
The organization presented the library with a $2,000 grant.
"I hear a lot of people say I know where Zanesville...