Stories tagged with: Blair Tom

August 21, 2015 - 1:27pm
1 week 2 days ago

On Saturday the public library is teaming up with Zanesville City Schools for their first ever "Kindergarten Here I Come" program for local children entering kindergarten and their parents.


The program will take place from 10-11 a.m. and activities will include fun stories about the first day of school, examples of activities kids can expect to do while in kindergarten and a craft project. The morning will be wrapped up with a chance for kids to practice boarding a...

August 3, 2015 - 4:45pm
3 weeks 6 days ago

In today's apparent digital age, public libraries are fighting to stay relevant.

The Muskingum County Public Library System is joining the digital revolution and inventing new ways to accommodate customers. Assistant Director, Blair Tom, said the library is working hard to re-design its website to be an easier resource for users.

"Our primary goal is to make that a seamless, exceptional, experience just like we try to offer everyday in our six public library facilities,...

July 22, 2015 - 3:09pm
5 weeks 4 days ago

This weekend will cap off another successful season of the Summer Reading Program.

The Muskingum County Public Library System incorporated some new components into its program this year, and Assistant Director, Blair Tom, said more that 2,800 area children and teens participated.

"They've reported reading over 53,000 books and this final week, the next 10 days or so, are generally really heavy with reporting, so we expect that number to really grow, so that's something we...

June 22, 2015 - 5:43pm
9 weeks 5 days ago

The County's Summer Reading Program is underway and the Library System is looking for readers to join in the fun!

Assistant Director of the Muskingum County Library System, Blair Tom said they have just started week two of six. Tom told us they have close to two thousand readers enrolled as of last week. Tom explained more about how the program works.

"You register for summer reading. Set your goal, how many books you are going to be able to read during the period that you'...

June 1, 2015 - 4:08pm
12 weeks 6 days ago

Even though summer vacation is in full swing, there's no excuse for children to fall behind on their reading.

The Muskingum County Library System kicks off its summer reading program this weekend. The John McIntire Library is holding a special registration Saturday, and the official registration begins next Monday at all six locations. The summer reading program is the largest single program the library provides all year.

Assistant Director Blair Tom explained, "it's a six...

May 15, 2015 - 4:12pm
15 weeks 2 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System is offering a new way for members to check out books.

The new source is called Hoopla and it now allows library customers to access reading materials online via the county's digital library. Assistant Library Director Blair Tom told us more about what to expect.

"This collection includes adult fiction, children's fiction, non fiction for both as well as graphic novels and the comic books. The collection will grow, but it is just a nice...

May 11, 2015 - 4:02pm
15 weeks 6 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System is making it easier for it's customers.

Library users will now be able to use their credit card when paying for printing and other library services and fees. Previously the library was only able to accept cash or check. Assistant Director of the Library System, Blair Tom, told us how it works.

"The library system has installed a product from comprise which is a vendor that works through municipal agencies throughout the country and it...

April 29, 2015 - 10:58am
17 weeks 4 days ago

There's now more opportunity to use the John McIntire Library as a gathering place.

The library has repurposed two reading rooms in the back of the main floor as drop-in meeting areas. These rooms can be used by business leaders, for volunteers planning a project or for those tutoring.  

"First come, first serve. Stop at the reference desk or the children's desk and you can schedule up to a two hour session and then you just report back when you're finished and they'll...

April 6, 2015 - 5:55pm
20 weeks 6 days ago

Libraries are no longer just a place to go sit and read. A recent push has been making libraries more interactive.

For years, kids have been able to go to Muskingum County libraries and use a computer, but now the system is starting an interactive discovery experience. The program gives kids the opportunity to do hands on activities to develop their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics skills.

"It's really important for a well rounded person," said...

March 16, 2015 - 7:10pm
23 weeks 6 days ago

Checking out a book at four area hotels is now as easy as checking into your room.

The Muskingum County Library System and the Visitors Bureau have joined together to give books to hotels for guests to enjoy during their stay in Muskingum County. Assistant Director of the Library System, Blair Tom, explained how this works.

"They will make them available to interested customers," Tom said. "We encourage them to leave one and take one. But there is no concern about...

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