ANSWER: In May, the OverDrive app will indeed be discontinued. We
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by the same people, with the same goal of connecting you to your
library and to your favorite books, audiobooks, magazines, and
Upgrade to Libby to access new features like tags to categorize books however you'd like.
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Visit this FAQ guide to make the switch from OverDrive to Libby
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Ahoy there, readers!
youngest shipmates can now set sail with a good book and their
imagination on the "SS OHIO," recently donated to ACPL by the Stevens Literacy Center.
An extra-hardy thanks to our maintenance crew pirates, who moved this very special ship to our main branch.
According to Lia, Nelsonville library
branch manager, the "Book Boat" (originally built by the
husband of a teacher at Morrison-Gordon Elementary) has been an
excellent addition to the space, and many kids have had big reactions of
surprise or delight when seeing it for the first time.
Your gardens are calling...
This month kicks off CFI's annual seed giveaway!
A varied selection of seed packets will be available at each location.
Seeds are free and available to any community member while supplies last.
Food Initiatives hosts garden giveaways every year as part of their
mission to foster communities where everyone has equitable access to
healthy, local food.
seed giveaway is held in partnership with the libraries and made
possible through generous donations of seeds received from community
members, local businesses and organizations, seed companies, and Jackson
Area Ministries in Jackson, OH.
you'd like to donate seeds for CFI’s seed giveaway, or if you would
like to raise plant starts to donate for CFI’s plant start giveaway,
please contact Community Gardens Coordinator Raya Abner at email@example.com.
Staff Spotlight: Meet Myca, new manager
of The Plains library
What have you enjoyed most about working in the field of public libraries?
favorite thing about libraries hands down is our commitment to access,
equality, and empathetic service to all members of our community.
Libraries are one of the few places where the only expectation is to
come and to be -- no matter who you are, no matter your beliefs or life
experience, no matter what you are going through, you are always
equal, welcome, and cared for. I find that incredibly powerful.
Being able to contribute to a place like that and continue to carry the
torch means a lot to me.
What roles have you worked in while at ACPL?
started out doing part-time circulation at the Athens location, where I
then bounced around to explore just about every role that became
available to me. I dabbled in adult programming (with my first ever
program being a drawing class in graphic and charcoal) and then
moved into youth services, where I enjoyed offering arts and crafts
programs to our younger patrons.
also spent a short jaunt helping with locker library deliveries and
outreach, and eventually wound up getting comfortable in teen services,
where I helped foster the Athens D&D program, which has since
grown into a wonderful group of inclusive, enthusiastic gamers.
On top of being The Plains' new branch manager, I'm also a part-time dinosaur -- you may have seen me on our social media as Library Rex.
What dreams or ideas do you have in the works for The Plains library and its community?
the moment, I am looking at how our building is organized and how the
space is used, and I hope to, over time, foster a welcoming, inclusive
space where people feel comfortable seeking the resources that they need
and enjoy. I am also excited to get out in the community and make
connections with our patrons and the various groups that are here to
serve them-- I think we will do a lot of great work together.
What's a book or author who's impacted you, even changed your life a little?
Maia Kobabe's Gender Queer: A Memoir
is one of the most recent books I've read that is near and dear to my
heart. Growing up, there were precious few authors I had access to who
told stories about kids like me coming of age. Even fewer, it seemed,
were stories about us that showed us a bright future, where in the
end, despite all of the struggles we may face along the way, we live
happily and fulfilled in who we are.
storytelling and the way e shares eir experiences
growing up queer and gender non-conforming is cathartic, heartfelt,
and honest, and stands out as one of the few pieces that have
truly made me feel seen. It is also easily digestible, in graphic novel
format that can be read start to finish in one sitting. I highly
recommend it to everybody.
What does a "typical" work week look like for you in your new role so far?
don't know if I've had enough weeks yet to know what's typical! So far
The Plains' staff has been very welcoming-- even going so far as to
personally introduce me to several of the patrons who have been coming
here for a long time. I'm looking forward to my weeks being full of
these sorts of friendly, personal connections and frequent feedback from
my patrons as I learn and experiment with ways to best support my
little slice of Athens County.
you could tell library visitors about an ACPL resource or
service that they might not know about, what would it be?
seeing all of the hard work and program design skills that have gone
into it, I feel like I'd be remiss not to mention Sarie and
Syd's Tech Training programs. The Plains saw our first Tele-Tech Tuesday
just recently, and it was a phenomenal hit, allowing patrons to walk in
and seek help while our two technology gurus were here in the building.
Also-- our Notary services
are often a huge boon, especially when we're available on Saturdays
when almost everywhere else is closed. Just give us a call to see if
somebody is available, and we will let you know!
Is there anything else you want library cardholders and visitors to know about you or The Plains library?
that I can't wait to meet all of them! I could talk at length about my
love of libraries and what they do-- but I'd especially love to hear
these things from our patrons, as well as their ideas and dreams about
what they'd like to see from their library.
Our newest Storybook Trail
Find another interactive, outdoor reading adventure along the Chauncey Depot Trail, part of the Baileys Trail System.
our sponsors for making this storybook trail possible: the Baileys
Trail System, the Village of Chauncey, and the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources. And continued thanks to Taryn, our Youth
Services Coordinator, and Heather, our Graphic Designer, for working
their magic behind the scenes!
our displays and talk to the presenters at your own pace, staying as
long as you'd like as you soak up stories from our past. Jim &
Celeste Parsons will discuss diary entries from one of their ancestors
who kept a record of his experiences during the Civil War. Rob Rhyan
will present his thoughts on how Ohio's geographical changes could have
influenced movements of Ohio's early Native American population. John
Murray, a local reenactor, will present Civil War anecdotes. And local
history librarian Lorinda LeClain will share information on
Nelsonville's old trolley line, the Hocking Sunday Creek Traction Co.
Motor CarTrolley (pictured below).