Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library

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A Universe of Stories – 2019 Adult Summer Reading Events

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Special Events for Adults

June 13th — 7:00 p.m. — Kickoff concert with Tom Roddey

June 20th — 7:00 pm — An evening with beekeeper Ken Bachman

June 22nd — 10:00 a.m. — Inaugural meeting of the Breakfast Club (registration required).

Special Guest is Petia Johnson of Unity Cafe.

June 29th — 2:00 pm — Appalachian mushrooms with Walt Sturgeon

July 11th — 7:00 pm — Mike Kubisek with a world of stories

July 13th — 10:00 am — Breakfast Club

July 18th — 7:00 pm — An evening with Jim Miracle, jack of all trades

July 20th — 12:00pm — Stories galore with Judy Tarowsky

July 20th — 2:00 pm — Monsoon tales with David Mould

July 23rd — All day activities to wrap up Summer Reading event

Closed Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, all Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 27.  We will reopen for our normal hours on Tuesday, May 28.

Memorial Day

 

New Books list May 10, 2019

NEW MATERIALS LIST – UPDATED May 10, 2019

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NEW MATERIALS (3 entries)
NAME # OF RECORDS
1 New Fiction, Paperbacks and Graphic Novels 174
1 New Non Fiction 122
3 All New Materials 669

 

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New Books List April 16, 2019

NEW MATERIALS LIST – UPDATED April 16, 2019

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NEW MATERIALS (3 entries)
NAME # OF RECORDS
1 New Fiction, Paperbacks and Graphic Novels 207
1 New Non Fiction 97
3 All New Materials 663

 

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It’s Criminal! True Crime in the Library

Have you already burned through your true crime podcasts and netflix queue?

If so, then go old-school and check out a book! From gory to white-collar, of-the-moment to historical, scientific to hard-boiled, we’ve got a book for you.

 

 

 

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In Memorium: Dorothy S. (Muse) Chittum

In Memoriam

Dorothy S. (Muse) Chittum

Death: March 2019

 

Wood County Library Director, 1968-1988

“…To be a true library, it must be used.”

The following is an excerpt from an article entitled “New Parkersburg South Library Opens to The Public,” published in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel on 31 Jan 2016, following the completion of the South Parkersburg branch renovation:

“I looked up the definition of libraries,” said Chittum, who attended Saturday’s event. “Libraries are a collection of graphic materials such as books, films, magazines, manuscripts and phonograph records designed for use. The phrase ‘for use’ is important since books and other materials brought together do not necessarily constitute a library, thus copies of recent books in a publisher’s warehouse to be sold are not libraries.”

Chittum said a shelf of cookbooks and recipes in a house qualifies as a library. She said for the new branch to be a true library it must be used. The original south branch built in 1972 was what was called an “instant library” and it was the first one built in the state and in the U.S.

When Ms. Chittum took over, the library was in the Carnegie Library building – now the former Trans Allegheny Book Store – and was director when the current library was built on Emerson Avenue in 1976.  Along with the building of the Emerson Library, Dorothy was able to build a branch in South Parkersburg, a branch in Williamstown (1977), and to help get a special law passed in 1987 that finally provided dependable permanent funding to support the library in Wood County.

Thank you Dorothy for your years of service.