Category Archives: Libraries

Here’s The Rub On Zanesville’s Carnegie Library

An hour into our holiday redeye trips to New York City, the motorcoach makes a quick pickup stop near the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau. As more passengers push past with their pillows and changes of clothes, I remind … Continue reading

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In A “Tawny Yellow” Library, The Husband Of Another Elizabeth Butler Helped Win The Great War With Books

I’m over the top not only about “Tommies,” but also about doughboys, because I’m related to one. In the summer of 1917, my grandmother and great-grandfather took the train from Columbus to Chillicothe, Ohio to visit my great-great uncle, Charles … Continue reading

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A Philadelphia Shopping Trip Helped A Governor Check Out Ramona

“This day the first stone for the foundation of the new State House was dropped in the Public Square; from the Waggens.” So noted Zechariah Mills, State Librarian of Ohio, in his weather log for May 16, 1838, a day … Continue reading

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Make It Snappy, CML! I’m Waiting For A Copy Of Dan Brown’s Origin!

So far this year, I’ve summarized over 100 research reports, initiated more than 100 contacts with fellow researchers, and answered close to 75 reference questions. Can you tell I’m one of those librarians who likes to keep track of statistics? … Continue reading

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Fact-Finders Are At Home Where The Buffalo Roamed

Countless times, I’ve driven right past this street sign, never thinking twice about why the secondary roadway is called Buffalo Parkway and where it leads. This week, it became an object most worthy of attention. The parkway’s final destination, a … Continue reading

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Grow Your Knowledge Of Mary Gardens

A Book of Hours is a beautiful thing. Vivid colors, miniature paintings and hand-lettered texts make these little medieval prayer books extraordinary works of art.   Study the decorative borders framing this devotional text from the collection of The Cloisters … Continue reading

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“Hot Topix”: The Five-Finger Rule, Six Practices And Seven Habits

Orange wine. Space operas. “All the feels.” Pottermore. Enid Blyton and Margery Sharp. Just Being Audrey and Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, A Kitten and 10,000 Miles. The 53rd Street branch of the New York Public Library … Continue reading

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