Stories tagged with: Blair Tom

May 11, 2015 - 4:02pm
21 weeks 4 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
23 weeks 2 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
26 weeks 4 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
29 weeks 4 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...

March 3, 2015 - 5:34pm
31 weeks 3 days ago

Flipping open a book doesn't always have to be about school. First grade teacher, Marla Walker said it can also be fun.

"Just trying to have fun and inspiring the children to want to read everyday."

This week is the Read Across America Week, and students at John McIntire Elementary are celebrating by reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books. When reading, Walker said her students think reading time is about fun.

Walker comments that, "They don't realize that...

March 2, 2015 - 6:41pm
31 weeks 4 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System is changing limitations on renewing the loan period for borrowed books.

The system's Assistant Director, Blair Tom, said the new rules are in place to open up the spectrum of what people can get out of the library.

"It's something we hear frequently, that oh, I'm almost finished or I didn't get to that book yet, life came up, life happens and we understand that," Tom said. "So we think this is a change in our policies that will...

February 12, 2015 - 11:46am
34 weeks 1 day ago

The Muskingum County Library System wants to give you a chance to clear your record. 

As a way of making Friday the 13th lucky, the library system is giving you the chance to clear one fine off of your card. It also is a chance for the library to recover materials that may have been misplaced by customers due to the winter weather, holidays or school closings.

"It's very important we be good stewards of the taxpayers money because ultimately the public purchased all...

February 9, 2015 - 4:24pm
34 weeks 4 days ago

The best of the year, it's something spread to many different mediums. Monday, the Muskingum County Library System announced it's top picks of 2014.

The lists break down into different genres including both adult and juvenile fiction and non fiction and also a young adult category. Jeff Kinney was one of the most popular authors this year in the county as he took nine of the top ten spots in the juvenile fiction category. Assistant Director of the library system, Blair Tom, explains...

January 28, 2015 - 6:05pm
36 weeks 2 days ago

Cardholders at the Muskingum County Library System can now download more music each week from the library's website.

In the past, people have been able to download three songs a week through Freegal on the library's website. Now, that number is five a week. This comes as the library continuously strives to improve it's digital presence.

"Effective today, customers are able to download five songs free of charge a week, so we're really happy to make that available," the...

January 21, 2015 - 11:41am
37 weeks 2 days ago

While area kids take part in the summer reading program, winter's the time for adults to crack open the pages of a book. 

The Muskingum County Library System is once again offering their "Book bags to Go" program. Each of the 750 bags available contain three books, each of a certain genre. 

Adults check-out the bag of their choice, read and return the books and keep the bag. The library began the winter program do to response from adult readers. 


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