Saturday, December 29, 2012

Western Branch Closed Today, Sat., Dec. 29, Due to Severe Weather

The Western Branch Library will be closed today, Saturday, December 29, due to severe weather.

All Branches Close at 3 pm on Mon., Dec. 31 and Remain Closed Tues., Jan. 1

All branches of the library will close at 3 pm on Monday, December 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1 for New Year's.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Book Club 2013

The library's book club will meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 4:00 pm, every month but November and December. If you aren't able to attend book discussions in person, we invite you to start and participate in online discussions. 

Anyone is welcome, but you must notify Nick Slone, Public Services Coordinator at the library, a month in advance if you need a copy of the upcoming book. You can contact Nick by phone at (740) 947-4921 or by email at 

Here's the list for 2013:

1. "The Absolutist" by John Boyne - Discussion on Jan. 30
2. "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katharine Boo - Discussion on Feb. 27
3. "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich - Discussion on March 27
4. "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce - Discussion on April 24
5. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel - Discussion on May 29
6. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn - Discussion on June 26
7. "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern - Discussion on July 31
8. "Quiet" by Susan Cain - Discussion on Aug. 28
9. "Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words" by Kate Whouley - Discussion on Sep. 25
10. "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett - Discussion on Oct. 30

This is the Goodreads page for book discussions:

You can also follow Book Club news on facebook at:

All Branches Closed Mon., Dec. 24 and Tues. Dec. 25 for Christmas

All branches of the library will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Waverly Library Closed Wed., Dec. 12, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Other Branches Closed Until 2:00 pm

On Wednesday, December 12, the Waverly Library will be closed from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm for staff development.

All other branches will open at 2:00 pm.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Closed Until 2:00 pm - Thurs., Dec. 6

All branches of the library will be closed for staff development until 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 6th.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Santa's Coming!

Santa will be visiting each branch of the library again this year! Here are the dates and times:

Waverly - Tuesday, December 4th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Piketon - Thursday, December 13th, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Western - Monday, December 17th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Eastern - Tuesday, December 18th, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Closing at 3:00 pm, Wed., Nov. 21 and Closed Thurs., Nov. 22

All branches of the library will close at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 21 and will remain closed on Thursday, November 22. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Online Catalog Technical Difficulties

We're currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our online catalog. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while this issue is being resolved.

In the meantime, if you'd like to search for an item, renew, or place items on hold, please call the library at 740-947-4921 or stop by the reference desk. We'll get this fixed as soon as possible. Thanks!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps

Dollar-A-Day Boys!

A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps

Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library in Waverly on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10 am. The program is free and open to the public.

Jamerson's program includes stories about the CCC and singing original songs with his guitar. He has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of CCC built national and state parks. His presentation is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It's about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of strength, wit and charm.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run beginning in 1933, over 139,000 young men in Ohio enrolled in the camps. The camps were run by the army with an average of 33 camps in operation each year. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money kept many families from starving.

The CCC in Ohio planted 90 million trees, built hundreds of bridges and dams, constructed over 3500 miles of truck trails, engaged in erosion control, constructed check dams, stocked fish, fought forest fires, and built several state parks, including Tar Hollow, Scioto Trail, and Shawnee State Park. They also planted millions of trees at Blue Rock State Forest. In 1937, they helped in the rescue and flood control during the Ohio-Mississippi flood. At Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the CCC constructed much of the infrastructure, including the famous Happy Days Lodge, constructed out of wormy chestnut wood. The camps not only revitalized Ohio's natural resources, but also turned the boys into men, by giving them discipline and teaching work skills.

Jamerson's book, Big Shoulders, is a historical novel that follows a year in the life of a seventeen-year-old youth from Detroit who enlisted in the CCC in 1937.  The enrollee joins two hundred other young men at Camp Raco, a work camp in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, run by reserve army officers. It is a coming-of-age story of an angry teenager who faces the rigors of hard work, learning to cope with a difficult sergeant an fending off a bully.

Some of the songs Jamerson performs with his guitar include Franklin D., written by an appreciative CCC Boy, Chowtime, a fun look at the camp food, City Slicker, which retells of the mischief the boys find in the woods, and Tree Plantin', Fire Fightin' Blues, which tells of the hardships of work out in the woods. The folk songs range from heartwarming ballads to foot stomping jigs.

Along with a novel and CD of songs on the CCC, Jamerson has produced a PBS film, Camp Forgotten, which aired on Ohio Public Television in 1994. He has also authored several articles on the corps. In his talk, Bill will discuss his research methods, some of the interesting enrollees he has met over the years and CCC projects he has visited. A question and answer period and book signing will follow his presentation. Former CCC'ers and their families are encouraged to attend. People are invited to bring photo albums and CCC memorabilia. For more information, please call the library at 947-4921 or visit Jamerson's website at: 

Lunch and Learn - Wed., Sept. 5, 11:45 am - 1 pm

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Glenn Burris
September 5th, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Garnet A. Wilson Public Library
207 N. Market St. in Waverly 
Lunch is provided.

Seating is limited: RSVP by calling the library at 740-947-4921. Presented by Pleasant Hill Manor.

Dr. Glenn Burris received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Penn State College of Medicine and Pulmonary Critical Care. Dr. Burris also competed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at St. Mary's Regional Sleep Center in Huntington, WV.

Closed for Labor Day - Mon. Sept. 3rd

All branches of the library will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, in observance of Labor Day.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Read for the Gold Results

The library held another successful Read for the Gold 5K Run / 3K Walk Fundraiser Event. The 1st Place Overall award male and female went to Hunter Hoover and Amanda Stickel, with a time of 20:03 and 20:19 respectively. The 2nd Place Overall award male and female went to Rocky Mitchell, with a time of 21:54 and Maddie McAllister, with a time of 22:02.

The 1st Place finisher of the 3K Walk was Vanessa Mitchell. Pam Daniels took 2nd Place. We would like to thank everyone who participated and sponsored. Major sponsors included Adena Health System, Boyer Funeral Home, Boyer Funeral Home, Bristol Village, B & W Conversion Services, LLC, Dr. George Pettit, Profab Mechanical, Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk, Southern Ohio Medical Center, USEC, and WXIZ-WXIC-WXZQ radio.

Associate sponsors of the race included the Atomic Employees Credit Union, Botkin Funeral Home, Classic Trophies & Plaques, CJL Sports, Dixon Jewelers, ESi Promotional Products, Glatfelter, HairBiz, The Hello Shop, J.F. Heibel Electric, Jessica’s Attic, Klinker’s Lumber & Builders’ Supply, Kroger, Long’s Retreat, McDonald’s, Oakbridge Financial, Pike County YMCA, Printex, Tim Horton’s, and the Waverly Swim Club.

We appreciate the support of community members and organizations in our endeavors to raise funding in order to continue promoting literacy within the community. A special thanks to all of you that volunteered! We couldn't have done it without you!

Click here for a complete list of race times. 
Pictured are Maddie McAllister (2nd Place Female Overall), Amanda Stickel (1st Place Female Overall), Hunter Hoover (1st Place Male Overall). Absent from picture is Rocky Mitchell (2nd Place Male Overall)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Update Ohio Voting Address Online

As of August 9th, registered voters in Ohio are now able to use a new online service that for the first time allows them to update their voting address online. This new tool, accessible at, is a convenient way for voters to meet their primary responsibility: to be registered at their current address 30 days before an election. Every Ohioan who is old enough to vote will be able to take advantage of this new system.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Free Computer Classes - August, September, and October

Classes to be held in the Community Meeting Room of the Waverly Library. 


August Classes

Tuesday, August 21st and Thursday, August 23
9 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 5 pm

  September Classes

Tuesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 20
9 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 5 pm

October Classes

Tuesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 18
9 am - 12 pm
2 pm - 5 pm

You can also do free training on your own time from any computer with an Internet connection by going to:

Discounts and Incentives

Participants completing the 6-hours of instruction are eligible to receive special discounts for monthly broadband service and computer purchases. Offers may not be available in every area of the state. Details will be provided to participants after successful completion of the 6-hour training and completing the online survey at .

To sign up for a class, please call:

740-702-4000 ext. 20

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

OHS Open House - Monday, Aug. 20th

Event: Open House

Where: Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County

When: Monday, August 20th

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Come and meet Darlene Gage, a representative for the Ohio Historical Society. She is visiting Waverly to speak with local residents about our state's rich history.

Darlene is a trained first person historical interpreter and will present a short living history presentation on Mary Ann Bickerdyke, who was born in Ohio and became friends with General Grant during the Civil War. The presentation will take place at 3:00 pm at the library.

The Ohio Historical Society is excited to bring to you a way to connect to Ohio history through her visit and presentation. Event is open to the public.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Storytime with Rep. Rosenberger - Fri., July 27

State Representative Cliff Rosenberger will be reading for a special story time this Friday, July 27th, at 10:30 am at the main library in Waverly!

Monday, July 9, 2012

5K Fundraiser Race - Sat., Aug. 18

The Friends of the Pike County Public Libraries is sponsoring the annual Read for the GOLD fundraiser race, which will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012. The 5K Run and 3K Walk will be held rain or shine in Bristol Village, beginning at the Activity Center, located at 625 5th Street, Waverly. 

Registration and check-in begin at 7:30 am, with the race beginning promptly at 8:30 am. The registration fee is $10 if registered on or before August 11th, $15 if registered after August 11th. Participants will receive a t-shirt commemorating the event.

Race registration sheets maybe be picked up at the Waverly, Piketon, Beaver, and Western library branches and at the Bristol Village Activity Center. You may also download a form by clicking here. You can also register the day of the race. 

Everyone is encouraged to participate by entering, or by coming down and cheering on those who will be competing!

The course is flat and shady through beautiful Bristol Village. Participants compete on a combination asphalt and concrete course.

The mission of the library is "Educate. Inspire. Enjoy." This race is a fun way to raise funds to continue our endeavor of promoting literacy within our community. You can help support our library by registering for our race!

For more information about the fundraiser or any other library service, contact the library at 740-947-4921.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Closed for Independence Day

All branches of the library will be closing at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 3rd, at 5:00 pm and will remain closed on Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.

All branches will reopen at regular hours on Thursday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Reading 2012

This year's Summer Reading Program at the Pike County Public Libraries is sure to stimulate the imagination! The Friends of the Pike County Public Libraries have again partnered with local recreational attractions to offer rewards to all participating readers. All branches of the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County will hold Summer Reading Programs for children, teens, and adults.

This year's children's theme is "Dream Big, Read!" (for children in pre-school through 8th grade). The teen theme is "Own the Night" (for young adults ages 13 to 17). The adult theme is "Between the Covers" (for ages 18 and older).

The Summer Reading Program will run eight weeks, beginning Monday, June 4th and ending Saturday, July 28th. Thanks to the event's gracious sponsors, readers who complete the program will receive free passes to the Pike County YMCA, the Pike County Swim Club, and Long's Retreat Family Resort! Stop by and sign up today!

During the Summer Reading Program, the libraries will be visited by exotic animals, the OSU Extension office, and many others. Remember, the library where you register is where you must record the books you've read. For more information about the Summer Reading Program or any other library service, contact the Waverly Library at 947-4921, the Piketon Library at 289-3064, the Eastern Library at 226-4408, or the Western Library at 493-1745.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Waverly Library Closed - Friday, May 4th

The Waverly Library will be closed on Friday, May 4, for staff training. All other branches will be open regular hours.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Piketon, Eastern, Western Closed Mon., April 9 - Staff Training

The Piketon, Easter, and Western branches will be closed on Monday, April 9th for staff training. The Waverly Library will be open regular hours. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lunch and Learn - Wed., April 4, 11:45 - 1:00 pm

Come out to Lunch and Learn tomorrow, Wednesday, April 4th, 11:45 pm to 1:00 pm at the Waverly Library. The Area Agency on Aging will be presenting this month's program!

Seating is limited. RSVP by calling the library at 740-947-4921!

Waverly Library Phones Out of Service

Please note the voice lines for the main library are out of service. The problem has been reported, and we are at the mercy of the service technicians. In the meantime, please call one of our branch libraries: Piketon, 289-3064. Eastern, 226-4408. Western, 493-1745.

We apologize for the inconvenience!

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Book Club Selection - The Other Boleyn Girl

We still have a few copies of this month's book club selection, "The Other Boleyn Girl."

Stop by the front desk of the library to pick up a copy, and join us for the discussion on Wednesday, April 25th at 6:30 pm!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Western Branch Closed on Saturday, March 31st

The Western Branch Library will be closed on Saturday, March 31st.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Book Sale - Fri. April 27th and Sat. April 28th

This year's Spring Book Sale will be held on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm!

There will be a pre-sale for Friends of the Library members only on Thursday, April 26th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The sale will be held downstairs, in the community meeting room of the main library in Waverly.

Friday, February 17, 2012

All Branches Closed - Mon., Feb. 20th - President's Day

All branches of the library will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in observance of President's Day.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Van Rob Job Fair

Van Rob of Waverly is hosting a Job Fair at the plant this Saturday, February 4th. They are looking for Press Operators, Forklift Operators, Team Leaders, and Industrial Electricians.

They will be accepting resumes/applications and doing short spot interviews on selected candidates.

The Job Fair will be at the plant from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 4th. Van Rob is located at 611 West Second Street, Waverly, OH.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Club 2012

Update: The dates and times for the remaining meetings have been moved to Wednesday evenings, in order to allow those who work during the day an opportunity to join.

The library's book club will meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm, every month but November and December.
Anyone is welcome, but you must notify Nick Slone, public services coordinator at the library, a month in advance if you need a copy of the upcoming book. You can contact Nick by phone at (740) 947-4921 or by email at Here's the list of books for 2012.

1. "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson - Discussion on Jan. 26
2. "The Plague of Doves" by Louise Erdrich - Discussion on Feb. 29
3. "My Antonia" by Willa Cather - Discussion on March 28
4. "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory - Discussion on April 25
5. "Out of Africa" by Isak Dinesen - Discussion on May 30
6. "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara - Discussion on June 27
7. "The Shadow of the Sun" by Ryszard Kapuscinski - Discussion on July 25
8. "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess - Discussion on Aug. 29
9. "She Walks These Hills" by Sharyn McCrumb - Discussion on Sep. 26
10. "The Devil All the Time" by Donald Ray Pollock - Discussion on Oct. 31

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lunch and Learn - Wed., Feb. 1st, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

February 1, 2012
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Garnet A. Wilson Public Library
207 N. Market St.
Waverly, OH 45690

Amy Fraullini, RN, MSN, Administrative Director of Critical Care and Heart & Vascular Services at SOMC
will be presenting on the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment of a heart attack. Join us and learn about your heart. You could save your life or the life of a loved one.

Seating is limited. For reservations, call 740-947-4921. Lunch will be provided!

Sponsored by Pleasant Hill Manor.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Free Tax Assistance from Community Action

Thanks to the Ohio Benefit Bank Free Tax Assistance Grant, Community Action will once again be offering Free Tax Preparation to the Pike County residents for the 2011 tax year. In conjunction with this year's tax return, they will also help file past due taxes tha have not been filed yet. All tax assistance includes Federal Income Tax, State Income Tax, and Local Income Tax.

Tax Assistance will be provided to individuals who anticipate filing a 1040, in addition to small businesses/sole proprietors who will file a 1040 and a Schedule C. All available credits including Earned Income Credit, Educational Credits, and Child Tax Credits will be included, as well as extensions for those who need to file after April 17, 2011. Beginning January 23, 2011 through April 17, 2011, Community Action will be providing these services at the following locations:

Community Action Committee of Pike County
941 Market Street
Piketon, OH 45661
Monday and Tuesday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pike County Senior Center
402 Clough Street
Waverly, OH 45690
Monday and Wednesday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To make an appointment at either location, please call 740-289-2371.

Monday, January 9, 2012

It's Tax Time!

File your taxes for free!

Free tax filing programs are offered to anyone whose household income is less than $60,000. You can now file online and receive your refund in as few as 7-10 days with no fees or other charges.

How can you file your taxes at no charge?


Paper Forms

If you prefer to file the traditional way, we're able to help you obtain paper forms at the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library!

Many of the most common forms are available at the Main Branch in Waverly, but we've also provided some links here that you can access from anywhere you have internet access.

Note: Due to last minute changes in the tax tables, the instructions for the 1040 and 1040A are not yet available at the library. We expect them to arrive sometime before the end of January. The instructions can still be accessed online, in the meantime.


Form 1040 and Instructions

Form 1040A and Instructions

Form 1040EZ and Instructions

Many other federal forms can be printed on demand at the library, at the low cost of 10 cents/page. Some forms, like the 1099 and many other forms for businesses, must be ordered by calling the IRS at 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). This number can be used to obtain tax forms by U.S. Mail.

You can also print forms from the IRS website at Individual assistance with tax questions can be obtained by dialing 1-800-829-1040.

To check the status of your federal refund, click here.

State of Ohio

Form IT 1040

Form IT 1040EZ

You can request additional forms by calling the Ohio Department of Taxation at 1-800-282-1782. Individual taxpayer assistance is available at 1-800-282-1780 or by visiting their website at

To check the status of your state refund, click here.

City of Waverly

Form R

All Branches Closed Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday!

All branches of the library will be closed on Monday, January 16, for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday!