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.
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,...
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.
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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.