Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Library System

October 24, 2011 - 10:06am
2 years 37 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 41 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 42 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
2 years 49 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 12 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 40 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 5 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...

April 3, 2010 - 5:23pm
4 years 14 weeks ago


A local woman now has the world at her fingertips.

A few months ago, Heather Burton completed a survey for Connect Ohio on computer usage and needs by Ohio residents. Out of 7,000 people, Connect Ohio chose twelve to receive a new computer and Heather Burton was one of them.

"Well she was just delighted, in fact she was using one of the public computers in the library when she found out. So she is very excited and we hope she will continue to visit the library, but she...

March 24, 2010 - 12:10pm
4 years 16 weeks ago

Changes are coming to the Muskingum County Library System.

The library will be modifying their hours to better fit the needs of the community. Public Information Officer Blair Tom said the library took a survey and analyzed data showing the activity of each branch.

"One thing we kept hearing, especially the 18 - 49 year old demographic needed more early evening, evening and late evening hours," said Tom. "So as a result, we are adjusting our hours effective April 4...

March 5, 2010 - 5:50pm
4 years 18 weeks ago


The Muskingum County Library System has crunched its 2009 numbers and have surprising results.

For every $1 invested in the Muskingum County Library's General Revenue Fund, area residents received $8.93 in library materials, resources, programs and technology. That return on investment is a dollar more than last year. The library system also generated around $2.3 million in revenue.

"$203,000 of that then was local impact, money spent with local businesses,...

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