Stories tagged with: Blair Tom

May 16, 2016 - 3:22pm
9 weeks 6 days ago

5 Zane Grey Elementary students claimed their prize at Walls of Books Monday.

These students won the "Battle of the Books" competition at the John McIntire Library. And the grand prize is picking out a book for the school library and a book for them to take home.

"It's really a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together support students in an activity around literacy and reading," said John McItire Library Assistant Director Blair Tom. "And...

January 20, 2016 - 4:23pm
26 weeks 4 days ago

The John Mcintire Library System is hosting it's annual "book bags to go" winter edition.

Wednesday marks the beginning of the program which is geared toward adults. Winter is viewed as the prefect time for adults to read because people are spending more time indoors.

"We developed book bags to go so adults have a similar program during the winter. Adults are welcome to browse the bags, make their selection, check out the three books in the bag, read and return...

January 4, 2016 - 5:20pm
28 weeks 6 days ago

The John McIntire Library has made some changes for the New Year.

On Monday the library completed its switch to its own digital collection available to the public. Assistant Director Blair Tom said that the library team is making things more convenient for the people of the community.

“As we start the new year, the library team is assessing use of resources and identifying new strategies to assure that we have what people want, where they want it, and the quantity they...

November 30, 2015 - 5:22pm
33 weeks 6 days ago

The John McIntire Library is inviting the community to celebrate the season with its list of holiday festivities.

For the first time ever, the library is hosting a Gingerbread House Competition during the Miracle on Main Street. All houses will be on display in the lobby of the library from 5 until 8 p.m, and the top three finalists will remain on display until the 18th. Along with the competition, Executive Director, Blair Tom, said the library is sponsoring a number of other events...

November 20, 2015 - 4:59pm
35 weeks 2 days ago

The Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra is bringing a taste of classical music to our area just in time for the holidays.

The symphony will perform a "chamber music" concert at Muskingum University's Brown Chapel this Sunday. Tickets are just $13 per person, but there is a perk if you're a Muskingum County library member. Due to a new partnership with the symphony, library card holders will receive free admission.

"The library system is really focused on adding...

October 20, 2015 - 5:16pm
39 weeks 5 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System will see some changes come 2016.

As the end of the year nears, the library is already discussing the 2016 budget. Assistant Director, Blair Tom, said a lot of exciting opportunities are on the agenda for the new year. Tom told us the library is making a significant investment in digital resources, with a new online virtual library and digital book collection.

"The end of this year, certainly the start of next year, we'll be unveiling a new...

October 7, 2015 - 4:57pm
41 weeks 4 days ago

The John Mcintire Library is doing its part to help area students reach reading goals.

New updates to the library catalog help students find books on the shelves and mark each book with their Accelerated Reading (AR) level. Students looking to read books at their AR level can now see which books make the cut when they search for them in the catalog. Assistant Director of the Muskingum County Library Blair Tom said it's all about making it easier for students to meet academic goals and...

October 1, 2015 - 5:04pm
42 weeks 3 days ago

With the transition from summer to fall and the start of school, the library is the place to be this time of year.

An increase in folks using and spending time in John McIntire Library has been noted, and in fact an increase in adult usage in particular. We spoke with Blair Tom to see how business at the library has picked up:

"But what we've really noticed this year is an increase in adult usage of the library for programs. We've had really great attendance at some of our...

September 16, 2015 - 5:41pm
44 weeks 4 days ago

Dollar General is granting the Muskingum County Library system nearly $120,000 to invest in three new programs for local students.

The three programs focus primarily on the literacy of local fifth graders and high school students and these initiatives include '21st Century Learners', 'Limitless Libraries', and 'Battle of the books'.

Assistant Director of Muskingum County Library System says:

"21st Century Learners is an exciting initiative where we will provide iPad...

August 31, 2015 - 3:09pm
46 weeks 6 days ago

On the Same Page Muskingum aims to get people excited about reading. 

The two month-long event is doing just that by opening up discussions on books about Zane Grey. On the Same Page Muskingum highlights the titles; Betty Zane, Riders of the Purple Sage, The Young Forester and his biography called Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women. 

"It's a great opportunity for all of us to be reading similar titles and to be talking about them during September and...

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