Local Dining

What is the Difference Between White Amur and Grass Carp?

Nothing. But in Ohio, and most states throughout the country we are talking about the sterile version of this amazing and useful fish. A native of the Amur River in the extreme climates of Siberia, the grass carp was so named here because it is a rare example of a truly herbivorous fish that can […]
6 March 2015 | 2:41 pm

Big Mama Sturgeon

Seventeen years ago we got 5″ white sturgeon fingerlings from Oregon, and they are now 4-5 feet long. Looks like the guys below may have met their great-great-great-grandmother. Bottom line…they never stop growing and can easily live over one hundred years! Our sturgeon are a children’s favorite at the farm, and have been part of […]
10 May 2011 | 10:46 am

Ahh…Spring…and a young man’s fancy turns to fish!

Now that spring is just around the corner, we have been getting many calls for pond stocking fish…and…reality check…spring is not here yet in Ohio! Here are some things to do for your pond in the meantime. Walk around your pond and look for any fish mortalities that may appear and dispose of them in […]
10 March 2011 | 10:49 am

Gearing Up for Spring!

Dramatic, yet functional aeration for ponds.  When you combine energy efficient axial flow pumps and draw-tube technology to circulate and destratify a pond, it becomes possible to have both.  With a 1 hp unit as pictured above, energy costs are about $1.79 per day for continuous operation.  Visit  www.fwfarms.com for more info. See products:  Draw Tube Technology, Geyser […]
10 February 2011 | 10:50 am

Breaking News

Recall expands for chicken products due to possible salmonella

5 October 2015 | 5:46 am
Aspen Foods is recalling approximately 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that appear to be ready-to-eat an…

IHOP opening October 12 in Beavercreek

5 October 2015 | 5:40 am
The restaurant will open at 6 a.m.

911 call released after missing 2-year-old found alive

5 October 2015 | 5:28 am
The 911 call came in early Sunday evening just as the sun was about to set. The search for 2-year-old Rainn Peterson was over.

Six confirmed dead due to South Carolina flooding

5 October 2015 | 5:03 am
South Carolina Emergency Management Department has confirmed six deaths related to the flooding caused by massive rains over the weekend.

Disney on Ice VIP Giveaway

5 October 2015 | 5:01 am
Enter now to win four (4) VIP tickets to the Disney on Ice October 22nd at Wright State University Nutter Center.

South Carolina flood: Door-to-door searches continue as rain keeps falling

5 October 2015 | 4:52 am
Days of torrential rains kept much of South Carolina and its capital gripped by floodwaters early Monday as emergency responders promised re…

Deputy involved in crash in Harrison Township

5 October 2015 | 2:27 am
A deputy's cruiser ended up on its top during a crash in Harrison Township early Monday morning.

Arcanum man in critical condition after accidental shooting

5 October 2015 | 12:37 am
Deputies say 21-year-old Riley Cottrell was cleaning his gun when it accidentally discharged, hitting him in the leg.

Driver in custody after hitting deer overnight

5 October 2015 | 12:33 am
Dayton police gave the driver a field sobriety test after hitting a dear at Gettysburg Avenue and Cornell Drive early Monday morning.

Ceremony honors first responders in New Carlisle

4 October 2015 | 9:07 pm
A special ceremony paid homage to area firefighters, law enforcement officers and paramedics.

Social News

Friends of the Library Book Sale - This Friday & Saturday!

Main Library: Friday, October 2 from 9:00 to 8:00 pm *New Hours*
and Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 to 3:00 pm

Be sure to make plans to stop by the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale with all profits going towards supporting the library and its programs.  You will find great bargains on books, magazines, movies and more!

Donations of books in good, clean condition will be accepted at the library.


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28 September 2015 | 10:16 pm

What's New at the Library...

What's New at the Champaign County Library...
Click "Read More" at the bottom of this list to see all of this month's new additions for Adult books and movies!

About Elly
Age of Adaline
Beyond the Mask
Big Bang Theory: the complete eighth season
Big Game
Cinderella (Live)
The D Train
Do You Believe?
Furious 7
Good Kill
Good Wife: Season Six
Homeland: the Complete Fourth Season
Hot Pursuit
I’ll See You in My Dreams
Love and Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road
Paw Patrol: Meet Everest
Pitch Perfect 2
Poldark: the complete first season
The Runner
Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Walking Dead: the complete fifth season
Where Hope Grows

After You by Jojo Moyes
Archmage by R. A. Salvatore
Armada by Ernest Cline
Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon
Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer
Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry
Dance of the Bones by J. A. Jance
Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O’Clock Lady by Susan Wittig Albert
Dishing the Dirt by M. C. Beaton
Dragon Heart by Cecelia Holland
The End Game by Catherine Coulter
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
Hard Love by Meredith Wild
Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart
Last Time I Saw Her by Karen Robards
Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Make Me by Lee Child
The Man Who Fell From the Sky by Margaret Coel
Murder House by James Patterson
Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Patriot by Ted Bell
The Photograph by Beverly Lewis
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Win by Reed Coleman
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
The Scam by Janet Evanovich
Secrets of State by Matthew Palmer
Shadow Play by Iris Johansen
Slated for Death by Elizabeth Duncan
Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler
A Song of Shadows by John Connolly
Sound of Glass by Karen White
Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Under Fire by Grant Blackwood
Undercover by Danielle Steel
What Doesn’t Kill Her by Carla Norton

Approaching the End of Life by Donna Schaper
Beyond: Our Future in Space by Chris Impey
The Boy Who Played with Fusion by Tom Clynes
The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker
Double Life of Fidel Castro by Juan Sanchez
Guns Across America by Robert Spitzer
Had I Known by Joan Lunden
Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly
Listening to Killers by James Garbarino
Made in America by Colby Garrelts
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by Michael D’Antonio
Reckless by Chrissie Hynde
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Evans
Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
2 Weeks to a Younger Brain by Gary Small
When to Rob a Bank… by Steven Levitt
Where the Bodies were Buried by T. J. English
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Word Nerd by John Williams

Large Print Fiction
Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Brush Back by Sara Paretsky
Chance of Loving You: a Romance Collection
Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Whitson
The Dog Who Saved Me by Susan Wilson
Naked Greed by Stuart Woods
The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller
The Redeemers by Ace Atkins
Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate
Silent Creed by Alex Kava 

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28 September 2015 | 9:00 pm

Newspaper Microfilm Digitization Update

The site has been updated! Urbana area newspapers from 1822 - 2014 are available online through this site. Please note: some changes have been made to the site along with the addition of more recent newspapers.  Search by name, keyword, etc. or browse through the paper from a particular day on the link below...


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30 June 2015 | 10:11 am

Download FREE eBooks, Audiobooks, Music and Magazines

Champaign County Library cardholders are now able to download FREE eBooks, audio books, music, and magazines from a variety of different services.  For more information on these services, please check out the links below.   You will need a valid library card and PIN to use these services.


Ohio Digital Library (formerly the Ohio eBook Project)

The Ohio Digital Library is a statewide consortium of libraries that jointly provide free downloadable eBooks, audio books, music, and videos to library customers. Browse, “checkout,” and download to your computer and other supported devices for either 7, 14, or 21 days. No overdue fines are charged and some audio books and eBooks are “always available” for download.


Champaign County Library card holders can visit hoopladigital.com or download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming to their smartphones, tablets and computers.



Check out new and classic audiobook titles to download on Android or iOS devices with the free OneClickdigital app.  OneClickdigital is a downloading service featuring eBooks and professionally narrated English- and Spanish-language audiobooks for adults, children and young adults.


Download FREE e-books from the Champaign County Library using a new service - Freading. This site currently provides access to about 22,000 titles from over 100 publishers and new titles are added regularly.  Read on your computer or transfer to a portable device.  One difference between Freading and the library's other e-book service, Ohio eBook Project, is that Freading titles are always available - there are no waiting lists.



Download music for FREE from the Champaign County Library through Freegal.   Freegal is a downloadable music service, like iTunes from your library. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download special software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with. Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods.  All music is free and you get to keep it forever - there are no due dates! 


Download magazines for FREE from Zinio for Libraries, a digital newsstand that is designed specifically for library patrons.  You will have access to over 100 magazines on your computer or mobile device through the free Zinio app.  There are no due dates and the magazines are yours to keep forever.


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10 September 2014 | 11:17 am

Tech Times - Technology Help from Library Staff

Do you need help with your eReader, tablet or have basic computer questions?  Sign up today for a one-on-one session during our...

Tech Time Tuesdays AND Thursdays!
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm
*New Times* on Thursdays  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Sign up for free 30 minute one-on-one training sessions when library staff can help you with...

· getting started or troubleshooting downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music and movies

· individual assistance with basic computer questions like setting up an email account, starting a job search, or using Microsoft Word

· providing in-depth help finding the best books, articles, and database resources for your projects, papers, or presentations

(Note: This is a technology learning service. We cannot troubleshoot or help with    malfunctioning computers and devices.  Patrons may bring in their own devices;     however, library staff is not responsible for the patrons’ equipment.)

  • getting started or troubleshooting downloadable eBooks and audiobooks
  • individual assistance with basic computer questions like setting up an email account, starting a job search, or using Microsoft Word
  • providing in-depth help finding the best books, articles, and database resources for your projects, papers, or presentations


If you are interested in making an appointment, please contact the library.  (Note: This is a technology learning service. We cannot troubleshoot or help with malfunctioning computers and devices.)


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2 September 2014 | 3:15 pm

Sign up Today for Email Notification

Sign up today for email notification to alert you when an item that you requested has arrived for you or to notify you of overdue items.  This is an excellent option for those who regularly check their email.   You will also receive a courtesy notice one day prior to your items being due.

If you choose to be notified by email, you will not receive a paper notice for overdue items. 

We will continue to call you for reserved items until you notify the library that your emails are being received and you no longer wish to be called. 

Some email programs may send our automated messages to your junk email box.  If you have signed up for this service but have not been receiving messages, you may need to add the following address to your contacts/address books: 


Please do not send emails to this address.  If you need to contact the library by email, please use the following address:


If you are interested in signing up for email notification or have any questions about this service, please stop by the library. 


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20 August 2014 | 7:27 am

Affordable Care Act

Below are a number of helpful resources for the Affordable Health Care Act:

HealthCare.gov, the official consumer site for the Marketplace, at https://www.healthcare.gov

What Is the Health Insurance Marketplace?, designed for those assisting people with the applications. a new way to find health insurance coverage. With one application, you can see all your options and enroll.

• A new 800 number you can call to get your Marketplace questions answered by a customer service representative, available 24/7: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). On calling, you'll be welcomed to the Health Insurance Marketplace and asked to give your state, as some states have state-sponsored marketplaces.

• Affordable Care Act - Read the Law Section by Section

• The Ohio Department of Insurance has a Frequently Asked Questions section on federal health care reforms.

• The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a Frequently Asked Questions on the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange) section.

• Kaiser Family Foundation's For Consumers: Understanding Health Reform site includes great resources including a flowchart for The Requirement to Buy Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act and video, The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act.

• Consumer Reports free guides to health care reform and Medicare

• AARP: Health Insurance, Health Law Answers, and Health Care Reform Law Fact Sheets

Medline Plus, administered by the US National Institutes of Health, which presents information on medicine and healthcare in easy-to-understand language.

• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has Key Features of the Affordable Care Act and fact sheets.

• American Public Health Association Health Reform Resources

• WebMD's Health Care Reform: A Guide to Health Insurance and Affordable Care Act

Veterans and the ACA from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

• Curious about where uninsured Ohioans are located?  Enroll America provides maps, including this interactive Google map of Ohio.


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16 August 2014 | 8:33 am

Get Help Creating an Attention-Grabbing Resume

cypress resumeThe Champaign County Library has acquired Cypress Resume, an online tool that helps you effortlessly create a professional resume in just a few minutes. Its easy-to-use format assures you won’t spend hours trying to perfect your document—all the hard work is done for you. Simply plug in your basic information (as little or as much as you’d like), and Cypress Resume creates a perfectly formatted document to help you land that dream job.

A resume needs to grab the attention of an employer almost immediately in order to have the best chance of making it through the weeding process. Cypress Resume’s gigantic library of tens of thousands of professional statements is designed to do exactly that. Its database covers virtually all professions, grouping job types by core tasks.

With Cypress Resume, there is no need to compose anything, ever. Simply type basic information about yourself and leave the difficult task of writing concise, descriptive statements detailing your abilities to the resume builder.

To access this resource, please use the above link.  You will need your Champaign County Library card to access the site from outside the library.

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4 August 2014 | 4:38 pm

Disney Digital Books Now Available

      Check out Disney Digital Books through Overdrive – SEO Library Consortium. They are free and always available! They download to Windows and MAC computers. Kids of all ages will love this extensive collection and the magic highlighter that turns the pages and highlights words. There is a dictionary they can use and trivia questions about the material. 

To download these digital books, click on the Overdrive logo on the right sidebar of the Champaign County Library's website.  Then click on the SEO Library Consortium logo located on the left sidebar of the Ohio eBooks Project website. Scroll down the page and you will see a logo for the Disney Digital Books.  By clicking on this link you will be able to browse through more than 650 titles.

Once you find a title you wish to read, click on "Add to Digital Cart" then "Proceed to Checkout."  At this point you will be asked to sign in - do not enter your card number in the spaces at the top, you will need to select Champaign County Library from the drop-down menu.  A new screen will appear asking for your library card number and PIN.  Once you are signed in you can "Confirm Check Out."  If you wish to view immediately, click "Launch." If you wish to view it at a later date the book will be stored for 21 days in your digital account in the SEO Library Consortium, under "My Digital Bookshelf."


Below are the directions you will also find on Overdrive regarding system requirements and the use of Disney Digital Books:


Experience your favorite new and classic Disney adventures on your computer with Disney Online Books. These colorful, interactive eBooks offer plenty of opportunities for learning and fun. For example, your mouse becomes a 'magic pen' that pronounces words with just one click. Plus, enjoy a trivia challenge and a dictionary that displays definitions without losing your place in the book.

Get Started

All you need to get started is a valid library card, a PIN (personal identification number) and a computer that meets these system requirements…


  • Windows® XP (or newer)
  • Flash® 9 (or newer)
  • Internet Explorer® 7 (or newer)
    or Firefox 3 (or newer)
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
    (1440 x 900 recommended)
  • Speakers or headphones


  • OS X 10.4 (or newer)
  • Flash 9 (or newer)
  • Safari® 3 (or newer)
    or Firefox 3 (or newer)
  • 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
    (1440 x 900 recommended)
  • Speakers or headphones

How to Enjoy

Visit the collection of Disney Online Books.

  • Browse and check out a title.
  • Click the 'Launch' button. This opens the Disney Online Book.
  • Finished reading? You may close the book at any time. Visit My Digital Bookshelf (in the SEO Library Consortium under My Digital Account) to re-open a Disney Online Book that you currently have checked out.

Use the magic pen (your mouse) to…

  • Turn pages. Click near the top of the page and drag, just like turning a page in a real book.
  • Hear words pronounced. Click on a word to hear it out loud.
  • Find definitions. Click the dictionary at the top of the page to look up a definition.
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29 July 2014 | 12:13 pm

Free Databases

Our patrons are able to access FREE online access to auto repair manuals, legal forms, medical resources and more!  These databases are available from any Internet computer - at home, work or school.

The ChiltonLibrary provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades, 1940 and onward, of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, both imported and domestic.


Through Gale Virtual Reference Library you can gain access to eBook titles including Gale Encyclopedia of Science, Dictionary of American History, Encyclopedia of the Great Depression, Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders, and College Blue Book.

    Gale Legal Forms delivers almost everything you need to take charge of your legal affairs with confidence. No special skills or extensive knowledge of the law is required because Gale LegalForms offers an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to addressing complex legal matters. Whether for business, personal or litigation purposes, each form is conveniently accessible and downloadable in either Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, as well as other formats.


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22 July 2014 | 8:37 am

At ChampaingOnline our goal is to display various local media content on simple webpage. With the growing number of local news and media platforms we feel the need to gather these scattered sources and mash them together with three objectives in mind. Open.Easy.Local.

Here is an example of what we are seeking to acommplish:

We are soley located in Champaign County Ohio with plans to continue to grow.