Tales from the Castle

Summer Reading Book Reviews - Week Five

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Stop in the library to complete our last Summer Reading activity for this year and learn about Esperanto, a language near and dear to our founder Mabel's heart.  While you are in the library, considering checking out or reserving one of the books recommended by our patrons!

Summer Reading Book Reviews - Week Four

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

In addition to book reviews, Wagnalls has activities for teens and adults in the library and grounds each week during Summer Reading.

Summer Reading Book Reviews - Week Three

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Our patrons really came through with book reviews this week! It makes our librarian hearts happy to see so many people passionate about reading and sharing with others!

Summer Reading Book Reviews - Week Two

Tuesday, 06 July 2021

More book reviews from our patrons!

Summer Reading Book Reviews - Week One

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

One of the ways for teens and adults to earn a chance to win a prize in Wagnalls' Summer Reading Program is to provide a book review of a book you have recently read, with the option for that book review to be featured in our blog.  This week we are sharing reviews from Pam, Katherine and Denise.

Outdoor Fairy Gardens

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Our local gardeners, including the Fairfield County Master Gardeners and the Wagnalls Teen Garden Club, have made the Wagnalls gardens a magical place to explore.  Be sure to check out the many colorful flowers in bloom right now and all summer long!  Where the 1992 library addition now stands was once the house of Dr. Edward Roller, a beloved local doctor who maintained beautiful gardens and built all of the stone structures you see in our gardens with rocks he brought back from his travels.  We do our best to lovingly maintain his legacy.  

Library Fairy Gardens

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

In the midst of the pandemic last fall and winter, I wanted something bright and cheerful to occupy my mind, so I cobbled together some knickknacks I had at home and ended up with a little fairy library in a lantern.

10 Speed Bikes and Other Vehicles to Becoming a Life-Long Reader

Tuesday, 08 June 2021

This week’s blog comes to us from Amy Hesterman, our newest Wagnalls employee. Amy will be working on Library Outreach programs for Bloom Carroll Schools and the local community. She comes to us from a 11-year career as teacher-librarian at Madison Christian School. She writes about one of the original modes of library outreach - the Book Mobile.

Mabel and Houdini

Tuesday, 01 June 2021

Hi, this is my first blog for Tales from the Castle, so I’ll start by introducing myself. My name is Carol Gaal but a lot of people know me as Mabel – yes, Mabel Wagnalls, the woman who built the Memorial to honor her parents, Adam and Anna Wagnalls! About ten years ago, I was asked to start giving tours of this amazing building. Since I didn’t know anything about the history of the Memorial I started digging into the family’s story – and well, one thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was giving tours of the building as Mabel. I’ve got to tell you, the more I learn about Mabel and her family the more I enamored I become with them!

A Community Hero

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

With Memorial Weekend fast approaching did you know The Wall that Heals (the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial) will be in Columbus this Friday, May 28th through 2:00 pm on Memorial Day?  I never would have known if the information wasn’t delivered directly to my library email. The message came from Michael Croan of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.   I only know Michael through a local resident and loyal patron of Wagnalls, Mr. Alan Wallace.  The email was to inquire if Al planned to visit the traveling memorial.  Al is a true community hero that served as a medic in Vietnam and then volunteered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Maybe you have seen him or heard one of his stories when you stopped in to pick up books. 

Norman Rockwell

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Beloved American artist Norman Rockwell has strong connection with The Wagnalls Memorial. The Literary Digest started publishing in 1890 by Adam Wagnalls and Isaac Funk, “Funk & Wagnalls”. In the 1920s, their covers carried full-color reproductions of famous paintings. Norman Rockwell art graced the cover of The Literary Digest 48 times. The Wagnalls Memorial owns two of those covers, The Old Couple and Smiles in Belgium Once More.  These original paintings are on permanent display in the building.


Tuesday, 11 May 2021

I have a daughter in college. She goes to Florida State University (I am so jealous that she has no real winter!). Even with the distance between us, she will text or call me almost every day. Recently she texted me “I have an idea for your library”. I asked her what it was and she replied “BookTok!”.

Mary Ann Johnston Collection

Tuesday, 04 May 2021

Check out the Mary Ann Johnston Collection! One of our library’s unique collections focuses on herbs, yoga, alternative medicine, diet, holistic medicine, macrobiotics, and more thanks to the generous bequest of Mary Ann Johnston.

A New Book Club is Coming to Wagnalls!

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

About four years ago, I was asked to take over the Adult Book Club, because Carol Gaal wasn’t able to continue overseeing the group. I said sure, then I panicked. I’d never been in a book club. What did they do at those monthly meetings? How did they pick their books? What if they found my leadership unacceptable? What if, what if, what if..

Happy Birthday Mabel!

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

On April 20th, we celebrate the birthday of our founder, Mabel Wagnalls Jones. Even though she was born in Kansas City, to the village of Lithopolis, she will always be “Our Mabel.” Both of Mabel’s parents were born here, and Mabel grew up visiting Lithopolis and hearing her mother say she wanted to do something special for the little town that had never had anything done for it. The Wagnalls Memorial was born of this dream.

Hello and Welcome!

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Hello and welcome to the Wagnalls Memorial Library’s new blog Tales from the Castle. We hope this blog will help you get to know our staff, keep up to date on library events and be a place for you to visit for reading recommendations and more!