Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Library System

February 6, 2012 - 7:47pm
2 years 29 weeks ago

Sometimes students are reluctant to ask for help, but an online tool is making it easier for kids to get their work done.

The Muskingum County Library System offers a free homework help service on its website.  Assistant Director Blair Tom said the tutoring sessions are becoming popular, and a record-breaking number of students used the service in January.

"We had 155 sessions, and 74 of those were algebra-based, 23 were social studies and 21 were chemistry, so it...

December 27, 2011 - 1:20pm
2 years 35 weeks ago

There's a new way to connect to the Muskingum County Library System and it's all in the palm of your hand.

You can now access the library through a phone app. All you have to do is go the App Store on your phone, search for LS2 and then download. Once it downloads it's just a matter of choosing the Muskingum County Library on the menu. You'll then be able to take books on and off hold, see if you have fines and if the library has the book you're searching for.

"It's a...

December 12, 2011 - 5:21pm
2 years 37 weeks ago

Tough economic times are hurting Ohio's libraries, but budget cuts aren't the only issue they're facing.

The state's public libraries lose about 2% of their materials to thieves.  Blair Tom of the Muskingum County Library System said theft is more of a problem in larger cities like Columbus, but he has seen an increase in the number of items being stolen.

"Our experience is that it's more the media type of materials that disappear, certainly some books and printed...

October 24, 2011 - 10:06am
2 years 44 weeks ago

The next time that customers step into the South Zanesville Library it'll be through a new entrance.

The South Zanesville Library is closed until after the new year as $170,000 worth of renovations have begun. Among the changes a new entrance, a redesigned children's area and a drive-thru and pick up books. They'll also display books based on popular collection.

"They'll be romance and popular fiction and non fiction more like a bookstore format and then we'll have regular...

September 27, 2011 - 8:18pm
2 years 48 weeks ago

Some renovations are coming to the South Branch Library in South Zanesville.

The Muskingum County Library System Board of Trustees met Tuesday evening approving a bid from Hoon incorporated out of Athens to make around 170,000 dollars in renovations.

"We're expanding computer access because we have documentation that is a highly valued service there, access to broadband, high speed internet service, we're adding laptops and making the layout more adaptable so 5 or 10 years...

September 19, 2011 - 10:52am
2 years 49 weeks ago

Libraries across the state have taken a hit over the past two years because of a lack of funding.

The John McIntire Library is no different. They're seeing funding levels similar to that of 1996. In the past two years library budgets have been cut 36 percent. Despite the lack of funding our local libraries continue to maintain due to a levy passed by voters two years ago.

"The decrease and changes we would have to make without the levy in the current funding environment...

August 1, 2011 - 5:06pm
3 years 4 weeks ago

There's a new way for kids to play and learn at the library.

The Muskingum County Library System is introducing handheld devices called Playaway Views.  Manager of Customer Service Blair Tom says kids can watch educational videos starring their favorite characters from Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street.

"We think it's something that children will really relate to, enjoy and then bridge them to the other resources in the library," said Tom.  "It should...

April 15, 2011 - 7:02pm
3 years 19 weeks ago

It's National Library Week and the Muskingum County Library system is launching a new updated online catalog system.

John Mcintire Library's Blair Tom says the new program combines the typical online catalog with more web based features that allow you to not only search for specific books, but also genres as well.

"Mysteries, romance, science fiction, you can view New York Times Bestsellers, you can select to only look at the new titles. In general, all the new additions to...

October 4, 2010 - 1:11pm
3 years 47 weeks ago

If you're a Muskingum County library user, you can now get books in just minutes without ever leaving your home.

The Muskingum County Library System is one of 40 public libraries in the state taking part in Ohio eBooks, which people can download to different devices with the click of a button. Being a part of this statewide consortium is broadening readers' choices of books and saving the library a third of the cost it would take to install another eBook system. Staff say eBooks'...

June 6, 2010 - 7:46pm
4 years 12 weeks ago

When the last bell rings to say school's out for summer, it doesn't mean that kids should say goodbye to their books.

The Muskingum County Library System is kicking off their Summer reading program, which promotes reading, but makes it fun by rewarding kids for participating.

"The program will run the week of June 14th through July 24th and they can register at any of the six libraries in Muskingum County. You set your reading goal as you read books you earn incentives...

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