Stories tagged with: Blair Tom

February 9, 2015 - 4:24pm
20 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
22 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
23 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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January 12, 2015 - 5:02pm
24 weeks 4 days ago

Tax season will soon be upon us and there will be some changes regarding IRS forms at the Muskingum County Library.

There have been significant cuts in the IRS appropriations in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. This means that the library is unable to receive the quantity of paper forms that they have in years past. Assistant Director of the Library System, Blair Tom told us what forms will be available.

"We did learn today we will be receiving 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ...

December 29, 2014 - 7:27pm
26 weeks 4 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System is taking a look back at 2014 and making big plans for the new year ahead.

We made a visit to the John McInitre library Monday and asked Blair Tom, Assistant Director of the Muskingum County Library system to give us an overview of how he felt this past year went.

"The library and community together spent a lot of time and energy developing a strategic plan and that was, how do we move forward, how do we be the kind of library--21st...

November 5, 2014 - 5:19pm
34 weeks 2 days ago

Another levy that easily passed was for the Muskingum County Library System.

It won by nearly 8,000 votes. Assistant Director Blair Tom said it's remarkable to have the levy pass with that big of a margin.

"We wanted to have the ability to win by at least one vote, but we were optimistic that we should be able to continue with the renewal, but I have not talked with anyone that was thinking about that kind of margin," said Tom.

The renewal will allow the library...

October 23, 2014 - 4:50pm
36 weeks 1 day ago

The Muskingum County Library System is pairing up with the Zanesville Community Theater.

Anyone who shows their library card while purchasing tickets will receive half off admission to the hollow. Assistant Director of the Muskingum County Library System, Blair Tom, says there are multiple goals to the partnership.

"Well we are really focused on adding value to library card ownership. But also, our mission is to connect people with information, ideas and each other and our...

October 20, 2014 - 6:16pm
36 weeks 4 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System is advancing its technology.

Through a matching grant with the Ohio Lion's Foundation and the Muskingum County Lion's Club, five Muskingum County libraries now can loan an iPad. These will be a resource for visually impaired customers of the library. The assistant director of the library system, Blair Tom said the iPads allow customers to enlarge font or use voice features for the internet or downloaded books.

"It takes away that barrier...

October 7, 2014 - 5:20pm
38 weeks 3 days ago

The Muskingum County Library System is looking for your support.

The library system has a renewal levy on the November ballot. Blair Tom, the assistant director said the community has been very supportive and he wants people to know that the library is not asking for new money.

"What we would do that would be new is allocate those funds differently. We are just completing strategic planning and the community has us focused on maintaining those most traditional services while...

September 24, 2014 - 4:35pm
40 weeks 2 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...

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