Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Library System

December 10, 2012 - 1:38pm
1 year 30 weeks ago

It's a chance to experience culture, family fun and something new.

The Muskingum County Library System is working to bring events into its walls that supplement what they already do with books and electronic devices. Monday, the library is playing host to magician Dave Lehman.

"We think it's really important in our public libraries to offer those enrichment types of opportunities, entertainment, introduce family and children to opera and plays and storytellers," said...

October 22, 2012 - 5:32pm
1 year 37 weeks ago

You may see some changes in the Muskingum County Library System in 2013.

As the new year draws near, the library is working to make evidence-based decisions about their resources. Assistant Director Blair Tom says they've seen an increase in downloadable resources year-to-date, while traditional resources have remained the same.

"They'll see, in 2013, that we will grow our digital platform access. I know that we will be looking at some growth that will be available the first...

September 4, 2012 - 6:29pm
1 year 44 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Library System is seeing an increase in those using a free online tutoring resource.

Those using have access to a free, 30 minute tutoring session and a live tutor to assist with homework.

Assistant Director Blair Tom said the resource has been available for a couple of years and find that students of all ages are getting help using a non-traditional method of education.

"With today's lifestyles and the kind of technology that younger...

July 25, 2012 - 5:30pm
1 year 49 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Library System is looking to bring reading into the 21st century with a new initiative involving electronic readers.

Wednesday all 55 library staff members at the six Muskingum County Library locations underwent training for both the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook tablets.

Library Assistant Director Blair Tom said the goal is to be able to help customers take advantage of the increasingly popularity of electronic and audio books.


June 25, 2012 - 4:41pm
2 years 2 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Library System has announced a new partnership with the West Muskingum Local School District.

The 10 month agreement will provide West Muskingum High School with shared services for its library.

Assistant Director of the Muskingum County Library System Blair Tom said the deal will allow both parties to share services and costs relating to staffing at the high school.

"We see this as an opportunity to extend and share services, maybe even grow...

June 7, 2012 - 5:29pm
2 years 4 weeks ago

School may be out, but that doesn't mean the learning stops.

The Muskingum County Library System kicked off its summer reading program this week.  Assistant Director Blair Tom said more than 1,000 children are already registered.

Parents can help their kids set a goal of how many books they would like to read this summer.  Children who participate in the program will receive incentives like backpacks and coupons from area businesses.

The library also offers weekly...

April 19, 2012 - 4:21pm
2 years 11 weeks ago

Representatives from public libraries all over Ohio including Muskingum County visited the State House to meet with representatives as part of the state-wide Library Legislative Day.

The delegation from the Muskingum County Library System including Blair Tom of the John McIntire Library, met with State Senator

Troy Balderson, and an aide of State Representative Brian Hill.

Tom said the big topics of discussion included funding and community outreach.

"The state...

February 6, 2012 - 7:47pm
2 years 22 weeks ago

Sometimes students are reluctant to ask for help, but an online tool is making it easier for kids to get their work done.

The Muskingum County Library System offers a free homework help service on its website.  Assistant Director Blair Tom said the tutoring sessions are becoming popular, and a record-breaking number of students used the service in January.

"We had 155 sessions, and 74 of those were algebra-based, 23 were social studies and 21 were chemistry, so it...

December 27, 2011 - 1:20pm
2 years 28 weeks ago

There's a new way to connect to the Muskingum County Library System and it's all in the palm of your hand.

You can now access the library through a phone app. All you have to do is go the App Store on your phone, search for LS2 and then download. Once it downloads it's just a matter of choosing the Muskingum County Library on the menu. You'll then be able to take books on and off hold, see if you have fines and if the library has the book you're searching for.

"It's a...

December 12, 2011 - 5:21pm
2 years 30 weeks ago

Tough economic times are hurting Ohio's libraries, but budget cuts aren't the only issue they're facing.

The state's public libraries lose about 2% of their materials to thieves.  Blair Tom of the Muskingum County Library System said theft is more of a problem in larger cities like Columbus, but he has seen an increase in the number of items being stolen.

"Our experience is that it's more the media type of materials that disappear, certainly some books and printed...

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