All About Richland

Travel The Buckeye State From Your Own Home

19 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

You can travel Ohio later this week without leaving your favorite chair.

The Ohioana Book Festival, which began with just ten authors in 2007, is taking place from Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25. For the second year, the entire event is virtual.

In 2021, some 140 authors and illustrators will be featured. Links will take Festival participants to places to watch panels, podcasts, blog posts, interviews, and more. More…

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All About Richland

Library Book Hacks

14 Sep , 2019  

The Mansfield-Richland County Public Library (MRCPL) system has so much to offer to area residents (did you know you can rent a blood pressure cuff from the library??), but the first word that most people associated with “library” is still “books”.

We’ve assembled some great book hacks that you can use to make sure you’re getting the most from the local library. More…


History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Love Under The Stars

8 Jul , 2019  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of the Mansfield area. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard. More…

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All About Richland, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Three: Christopher Moore – Updated

29 Oct , 2018  

Posted during the early days of 1812Blockhouse, we are updating and re-sharing our “Literary Mansfield” series to our expanded readership.

1812Blockhouse continues its series of glimpses into the lives and work of authors, poets, and playwrights who once made their home in Richland County. More…



December Events At Main Street Books

28 Nov , 2016  

Mansfield’s independent bookstore continues to welcome book lovers to its regular series of events. This month’s fare includes the following: More…


Downtown, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Special Edition: Nuts, True Crime, And Cosmic Eggs

3 Nov , 2016  

UPDATED — Thursday at 10:00 p.m. See below.

For the keen observer, this is the seventh installment in our series “Literary Mansfield,” in which 1812Blockhouse looks at authors, poets, and other literary figures with a north central Ohio connection through birth and/or residence.

In this special edition, we are looking at another way in which certain authors manifest a Mansfield connection – in this case, by coming to town and participating in events at our independent bookstore, Main Street Books. More…

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Curious Critters Invade Malabar Intermediate

19 Oct , 2016  

An award-winning author and freelance photographer with roots in Richland County brought his craft to Malabar Intermediate School on Tuesday. David FitzSimmons, nationally acclaimed author of the “Curious Critters” book series, discussed his work in separate sessions with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, then led two afternoon workshops for combined groups of fifth- and sixth-graders.

“Young people from about ages five to 12 are my first audience. Parents and educators are my secondary audience,” FitzSimmons told students in his final session of the day. “This is my job. I’m always working to be sure that my books meet national science standards. Before I write I study what you need to learn. When I do research I am very careful to document my sources,” he said. More…



Talking Books Downtown

17 Oct , 2016  

The outstanding series of opportunities to meet and listen to authors and poets continues over the next few weeks at Main Street Books in downtown Mansfield.

Highlights include the following: More…