Stories tagged with: Blair Tom

September 24, 2014 - 3:35pm
22 weeks 4 days ago

Over the past decade more than 5,000 book challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. This past year alone over 300 books were in danger of being banned in different schools and libraries across the nation.

The American Library Association, and public libraries across the country as well as advocates observe this week as Banned Book Week to highlight a core value of libraries. To be sanctuaries for all different issues and opinions.

"Overall we try to...

September 19, 2014 - 12:28pm
23 weeks 2 days ago

The John McIntire Library and the Zanesville Museum of Art are teaming up in a unique partnership.

For the first time ever you will be able to show your library card at the Zanesville Museum of Art and receive half off admission. Blair Tom, Assistant Director of the Muskingum County Library System says the new partnership is complimentary.

"Well the library is just delighted to be able to partner with the museum. We are focused on read, discover, learn create and certainly,...

September 9, 2014 - 5:10pm
24 weeks 5 days ago

Getting your favorite book from the library has never been easier.

The John McIntire Library is launching a new collection tomorrow. The "Quick Picks" collection will allow people to access their favorite titles and authors quicker by not allowing renewals on them. Holds cannot be placed on these books and they can only be borrowed for two weeks. We spoke with the Assistant Director of the Muskingum County Library System, Blair Tom.

"Well the library system has its...

August 13, 2014 - 2:58pm
28 weeks 4 days ago

Kids can now read their favorite books at the library without ever having to turn a page.

The Muskingum County Library System launched their "Kindles for Kids" program Wednesday. For now, the Kindles are only available at John McIntire Library, but if all goes well, the program could be expanded soon.

"We have three Kindles--one with easy readers, one with picture books, and one with chapter books," said Library Assistant Director Blair Tom. ...

August 1, 2014 - 4:02pm
30 weeks 2 days ago

The John McIntire Library of Muskingum County is awaiting the release of estimates from the Office of Budget and Management.

Those estimates are expected to be released in early to mid August. Assistant Director of the Muskingum County Library System, Blair Tom, says that library funding as of late has been minimal.

"The past few years our library funding has been flat. We will receive the updated estimates from the office of budget and management early to mid august, we...

July 21, 2014 - 9:57am
31 weeks 6 days ago

For the last couple of months area kids have read their way through summer vacation.

Nearly 3,000 young people have registered for the Muskingum County Library System's summer reading program, "Fizz, Boom, Read." The library system is still short of their  goal of over 100,000 books read. So, in this last week, they encourage kids to meet their individual goals.

"It's such an important partnership with area educators, families and businesses to make sure we...

July 17, 2014 - 4:28pm
32 weeks 3 days ago

Representatives from the Muskingum County Library met with County Commissioners to overview the final phase of the librarys strategic plan and request levy renewal.

The levy would help fund the librarys future goals. According to Assistant Director, Blair Tom, the new  plan will allow them to move forward from a transactional to a transformational way. This forward movement of the library is guided by a newly formed mission statement, which focuses  on connecting people with...

June 12, 2014 - 9:23am
37 weeks 3 days ago

Friday is the 13th and while some may see the day as unlucky, if you have fines on your library card it's your lucky day.

The library is holding an amnesty day. If you have overdue fines on your record you can choose one to be removed, as long as the item has been returned. The amnesty doesn't extend to items that have been lost or damaged.

"The bulk of our overdue fines are in relation to materials that slid under the backseat or got under a bookbag at home or something...

June 3, 2014 - 5:14pm
38 weeks 5 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System is receiving feedback from community members about their programs and services as a part of their strategic planning process.

More than 2,000 surveys were mailed into the library by the public. From these responses, the library system can now consider improving in specific areas.

" I think people want continued convenience of access, be it locations, hours or online and they want the library to work together with the community to make sure...

May 13, 2014 - 9:51am
41 weeks 5 days ago

It's more of a debate today in this electronic age of e-readers and downloadable music whether libraries are relevant.

The Muskingum County Library System argues that in our area these structures are important to the access of information, education and enrichment. Even though how they get that information has changed.

In April, the library system found that where WI-FI is concerned the John McIntire Library, Roseville and Dresden branches all saw greater connectivity.

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