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.
The Muskingum County library system is bringing you instant movies, music and books on demand.
The library system announced the availability of thousands of television shows, albums, audio books and movies to the public through their new partnership with Hoopla Digital.
Hoopla allows you to download music albums, movies, tv shows and audio books, all free of charge. There are unlimitied numbers of copies so customers never have to place a hold and can download it to...
Assistant Director of the John McIntire Library, Blair Tom, says in 2013, for every dollar invested in the general revenue fund, the library provided $5.15 in services, resources and materials to the community.
"Every year we try to grow that," said Tom. "We think it's important. Certainly we're pleased with the figure, but we always want to do better. So we're not satisfied, but we feel that $5.15 is a good return on investment for every dollar."
For those feeling cooped up in this winter weather there's a place of escape.
The Muskingum County Library System said during snow days they see an influx of patrons into their buildings. Most are families looking for entertainment in the form of DVDs or kids taking time to place with the puzzles. They're also borrowing books.
"We get messages and have conversations from superintendents and teachers that it's really important during these periods where there's been prolonged...
If you're feeling trapped by the winter weather and are looking to escape a good book may cure the season's blues.
The Muskingum County Library System is getting set to launch its "Book bags to Go" for adults. The bags contain three books. All adults have to do is pick a bag, borrow the books, return the books when finished and the bag is yours to keep.
The staff uses their creativity in choosing the books for each bag.
The John McIntire Library is set to implement some procedural changes after receiving suggestions from its patrons.
Starting on January 2nd, library card holders will be able to put more items on their cards including books and cd's.
"Currently customers can borrow 50 items at one time using their library card and that will increase to 75 items which sounds like quite a lot. Some families use one card for their entire family so it make its easier for them to manage,...
The Muskingum County Library System selected a special panel of researchers to review its electronic web site just in time for annual budgeting.
Four community members were asked to rate the library's online databases on a scale from one to five. The researchers evaluated the ease of access, value of information and availability of resources on the virtual library and gave their suggestions.
"One of the comments we heard again and again is it's great resource, but people...