Public Library Summer Reading Programs Celebrate Community “All Together Now!”

MOUNT VERNON, OHIO— On Friday, June 2 the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County welcomed program sponsor Park National Bank to celebrate the annual Summer Reading Program kickoff.  Ashley Meyer of Park National and Library Director John K. Chidester enjoyed a tour of the Library’s SRP displays and programs while patrons of all ages streamed in and out of the Library to register for activities.Read full story

Library Celebrating Ohioana Book Awards and Authors Grant Sponsors Erin McGraw Visit and Book Giveaway


MOUNT VERNON, OHIO—Author Erin McGraw’s novel The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard begins, “I couldn’t cook but I could sew. It would have been better the other way around.” The book follows the life of Nell Plat, who, at age seventeen, finds herself unhappily married and the mother of two baby girls.Read full story

Poet Daniel Mark Epstein Featured at Library “National Poetry Month” Celebration


MOUNT VERNON, OHIO— The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County will present two special events featuring acclaimed author Daniel Mark Epstein to kick off “National Poetry Month.” A best-selling poet, dramatist, and biographer, Mr. Epstein’s honors include awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the prestigious Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Read full story

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine Celebrate Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio Milestones

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine announced today two major milestones with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio, the free book program available to Ohio families with children under the age of 5.

More than 50% of eligible children – birth to age 5 – are now enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio, which means 362,295 Ohio children will receive a free book in the mail this month.Read full story

Library Ohio Writers Series Continues with Michael Croley

MOUNT VERNON, OHIO– The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County has extended its popular community book discussion program into November with a visit from Ohio Writer Michael Croley, author of Any Other Place: Stories. Touted as “…a story collection of immense power” by National Book Award-winning author Min Jin Lee, Croley’s stories “…take us from the Appalachian regions of rural Kentucky to Memphis to a village in South Korea in thirteen engaging stories of displacement, belonging and love.”Read full story

Lyn Ford, Affrilachian Storyteller and Author to Visit Public Library on October 11


MOUNT VERNON, OHIO– The Public Library’s Ohio Writers Series presents its final installment on Tuesday, October 11, featuring internationally acclaimed Ohio storyteller and author Lyn Ford. To celebrate Lyn’s work, the Library will offer a book giveaway of her collection Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Tradition.Read full story