Category Archives: Books

New Hours At Pickaway Public Library

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The Pickaway County Library has updated its hours of operation, effective immediately. 

The Main Library in Circleville is open to the public seven days a week. 

  • Monday through Thursday 10AM to 8PM 
  • Friday and Saturday 10AM to 6PM 
  • Sunday 1PM to 5PM 

The Younkin Branch Library in Ashville is open to the public five days a week. 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10AM to 8PM 
  • Friday and Saturday 10AM to 6PM 

Patrons entering the building will have one hour of access and be required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. Social distance is also requested.  

Window and curbside service will remain available, including for patrons who for medical reasons cannot wear a mask. 

Library materials are quarantined for four days upon return before being available to check out. The library is not accepting donated items at this time. 

The public meeting rooms are available at the Main Library for groups of 10 or less during regular library hours. 

Library programs will be online via the website or Facebook. Online services continue to be available 24 hours a day with your library card, including OverDrive/Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy. Assistance using these services is available during typical business hours in person or via phone or email at

Friends Of Library Book Sale

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The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held in Chillicothe, the week of April 5th.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday hours will be 9am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 11am-7pm; and Saturday 9am-noon.

Go to the Main Library Annex, 146 South Paint Street (behind the Main Library).

Books, audio books, DVDs, CDs & more for $5 per box or 50 cents per item.

OU-Chillicothe Professor Pens Book On American Immigration

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(CHILLICOTHE) – John O’Keefe, professor of history at Ohio University’s Chillicothe campus, is trying to clear up misinformation about the history of immigration in his new book, Stranger Citizens: Migrant Influence and National Power in the Early American Public.”

His focus is on how immigrants who came to the United States in its early days as a country gave shape to citizenship in the decades after American independence.

The book also challenges academic and popular assumptions about immigration and citizenship and the changes that occurred during this time. O’Keefe points out, for example, that immigrants were a strong voice advocating for their rights from the early days of the republic.  

“I began research for this book after noticing how debates over immigration in the first decades of the 2000s revolved around definitions of belonging in the nation,” O’Keefe said. “As I began to research, I saw that these debates had origins in the formation of policies during the early years after U.S. independence, and that immigrants back then were also active in participating in those debates.”

Stranger Citizens” explains how during this formative time in American history, lawmakers attempted to shape citizenship and the place of immigrants in the new nation, while granting the national government new powers such as deportation. O’Keefe argues that despite the challenges of public and official hostility that they faced in the late 1700s and early 1800s, migrant groups worked through lobbying, engagement with government officials, and public protest to create forms of citizenship that worked for them. 

An example O’Keefe uses in his book is how definitions of family affected immigrants during that time. He explains that children were apprenticed into households headed by someone other than their biological parents – if a child of British immigrants served many years as an apprentice in a household headed by a native-born American, were they citizens once they completed their apprenticeship? Some apprentices said yes, but officials did not always agree.

“From 1783 to 1830, immigrants came from well-known places such as Ireland and Germany, but tens of thousands of people also came to the U.S. during the Haitian Revolution, and from Latin America, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region,” O’Keefe said. “Each of these immigrant groups encountered different receptions and challenges when they arrived and pushed for different visions and understandings of citizenship. This was a period of significant racism and xenophobia, and immigrants banded together to push both collectively and individually against popular and official hostility to their rights and their presence in the U.S.”

O’Keefe presents examples of racism in his book, even opening with how a Haitian immigrant was accused of voter fraud in 1807 in a Philadelphia election and his testimony demonstrating his qualifications under Pennsylvania voting law, which then required voters to be taxpayers in Pennsylvania. 

“There is a long history of racist exclusion of immigrants from political participation, and delegitimizing of immigrant voting and advocacy, especially accusing immigrants of color of participating in fraud,” O’Keefe explained. “The events of the 2020 election came home to me as I was finalizing the manuscript of the book and when Black Philadelphians were accused of voting illegitimately in the 2020 election, I realized that white hostility to voters of color exerting power at the ballot box, and its perception as a threat has very early origins.”

To write “Stranger Citizens,” O’Keefe went through extensive archival research, finding specific collections that provided information about particular immigrant groups. He also used large collections of federal records and supplemented them with newspaper accounts, petitions by immigrants, missionary accounts and secondary work to provide context and make the immigrants’ situations and choices come to life through the documents. 

Stranger Citizens” is published by Cornell University Press. An online version is currently available with a print edition being published this summer.

Goodwill Teams With Scouts For Good Turn Day

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Scouts across Ohio will be teaming with Goodwill Industries for the Spring Good Turn Day on March 20th.

All nine of Goodwill of South Central Ohio stores will participate in the annual event. Good Turn Day is an opportunity for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to do a “good turn” in their community by collecting used clothing, housewares and books to donate to Goodwill.

“We’re excited to participate in Good Turn Day again, and we appreciate what the Scouts do for Goodwill”, said Goodwill of South Central Ohio CEO Marvin Jones . “The scouts efforts will help Goodwill with its mission as a nonprofit organization to partner with individuals with disabilities and challenges to help them lead the lives they envision across our 8-county region.”

Stores in the region have awarded about 400 patches over the last four Good Turn Days. Scouts earn a patch by donating a large trash bag of items or volunteering for an hour in one of the stores.

Limited volunteering will be available at the stores on March 20th except the McArthur store and Zane Plaza store in Chillicothe.

Scouts wanting to volunteer must schedule a time by emailing or by calling (740) 702-4000- extension 135 no later than March 18th.

Donations for Good Turn Day can be dropped off anytime during business hours March 20th at stores in Athens, Chillicothe, Circleville, Jackson, Logan, McArthur, Washington CH and Waverly and at their donation center in South Bloomfield.

“Pandemic Life” Inspires Book

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When the pandemic hit in 2020, writer Amy Suardi began sharing her thoughts and emotions on her blog Painting With Words. Over the course of the year, Suardi decided to publish the collection of writings in a book “My Beautiful Terrible Pandemic Life“.

Suardi explains as coronavirus threatened to take away what we had taken for granted, the distress of lockdowns, suddenly running a school for her children, it was then she learned the ordinary domestic moments became most poignant. Her book pieces together the first seven months of the pandemic and the experiences that were changing the word as we knew it in the days before.

My Beautiful Terrible Pandemic Life” is available through To get the book and learn more about the author, visit

See Dan Ramey’s full interview with Amy Suardi here.

Barb Jividen Talks About “MOM: In the Dictionary Between Laughter and Noise”

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Barb and Jerry Jividen are finally seeing an 18 year journey come to fruition. Last spring, “MOM” was to be released in time for Mother’s Day.

The pandemic pushed the release date back to November, 2020. If not for the pandemic, the book may never had materialized.

Jividen tells Litter Media she had written the manuscript in 2002 and when publishers were hesitant to give the book a chance, she placed the manuscript in a drawer at their home. While doing a remodeling project during the pandemic, she rediscovered the manuscript and still had the photos planned for the book. With the extra time on their hands, the Jividens brought the book back to life with a new outlook.

The book is available through and other online bookstores, as well as Chillicothe’s Wheatberry Books at 9 West Second Street and