Newsletter - May 2015

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Welcome, Spring. But I have to admit that it feels more like Christmas around here, because we’ve been given some unique and wonderful gifts in recent months. When I look at all of them together, I’m overcome with appreciation for the generosity and goodwill of the donors. I thought you might be interested in the news as well.

We just hung a beautiful 1875 Stark County map on the wall of the Local History/Genealogy Room thanks to a generous donation for framing. Melinda Bropson of Hattiesburg, MS contacted the library about making a memorial contribution to Massillonian Ida Michelle (“Mikey”) Pierce Bolls who passed away three years ago. Ms. Bropson made the donation as a gift to her partner, Mrs. Bolls’ daughter Victoria. Mikey loved antiques and history, so this use of the funds was a natural fit. After doing some research, we also discovered that Mrs. Bolls’ mother is one of our long-time volunteers Barbara Adams, who sits in the same department indexing obituaries from microfilm and who knew nothing of the gift. That coincidence is shiver-inducing!

Around the corner is a cabinet holding another special gift: books of the writings of Jean Baptiste Massillon collected by Dr. Donald Berger, WHS Class of 1949, Juilliard grad and world-traveled choral music instructor. When I began a correspondence with Dr. Berger, he was teaching at the American School in Japan in Tokyo and he wrote to our Reference Department for copies of newspaper clippings about author Jack London’s mother Flora Wellman of Massillon. Fast-forward twenty-some years, and Dr. Berger’s daughter contacted me and said that her father was in hospice near her home in Georgia and was seeking a forever home for his treasured books. Of course we were thrilled to accept them, and what interesting timing that they now have come back to Massillon around the same time as the Museum’s new book on the naming of our city has just been released. Again…shivers!

Talk about timing, here’s another story. In 2003 the family of Beatrice Burton made a substantial donation to the library in her memory, with the understanding that the principal of the gift would remain untouched. Just last month donor Dr. John F. Burton Jr. made the decision that the library could instead spend those funds to establish a collection of Jacob Coxey materials in our Local History room, as Coxey was of special interest to his mother. Our Reference librarian will be purchasing those books and DVDs. WHS grad John F. Burton, Jr. is Professor Emeritus in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University and Professor Emeritus in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

And the latest? When we hung the map, we lost wall space for the clock in the room. A regular donor, former Massillonian Bill Blantz now of Lawrenceburg, Indiana stopped in last week with some genealogy materials for our collection. As he does frequently, he also gave us a generous check for photocopies. He mentioned that he was in town for a sad reason—he had recently lost his wife Sarita. I asked if he would be OK with the library purchasing a mantle clock in memory of his wife with the donation, and he thought that would be a fitting memorial since she was very involved with the Friends of the Library in Lawrenceburg. So we’re looking for just the right timepiece for the historical setting.

These stories all have one thing in common. People who leave Massillon don’t really leave. A piece of their heart is here in their hometown, and one thing they remember with love is their library. That makes me think about the memories YOU are building as you use the library with your children and grandchildren.

Happy reading!

Director, Massillon Public Library

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Free Computer Class: Computer Basics
Monday, May 4--- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This course focuses on identifying the different parts of the computer as well as the many functions of an operating system. Participants will learn about the relationship between hardware and software, what an operating system is, and how to perform tasks within the Windows 7 operating system. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327.

Free Computer Class: Google Docs
Monday, May 4 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to use Google’s free cloud-based alternative to Microsoft Office. To participate you will need a free Google/Gmail account. Registration required. Contact the computer center at 330-832-9831 ext. 327 to register for the class or for assistance in setting up a Gmail account.

Free Computer Class: Excel
Monday, May 4 --- 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Participants will be taught how to create spreadsheets and perform some basic functions in Microsoft Excel 2007. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327.

Friends Meeting
Monday, May 4 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome!
330-832-9831 ext. 301

DIY: Soap Making
Tuesday, May 5 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Learn how to make your own soap. Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Book Launch: “Forced March from the Bulge to Berchtesgaden” by Major John J. Mohn
Wednesday, May 6 --- 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
A one-hour lecture on World War II and the book will be given, followed by book signing. Books will be available for purchase. More information: www.johnmohn.com

H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club
Wednesday, May 6 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join in a discussion of H.P. Lovecraft and his influential weird stories. For ages 16 and older. No registration required.

Genealogical Society Meeting
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
Wednesday, May 6 --- 6:30 p.m.
Local historian and author Richard Haldi will present “Death in the President’s Family." No registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 337 

Film Screening: Dead Poets Society
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program
Saturday, May 9 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free Big Read event in the library Auditorium. No registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 312
www.massillonlibrary.org/BigRead

 

 

SCORE: NonProfit Startups
Monday, May 11 --- 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Provides information and practical advice on starting and operating a successful not-for-profit business. Contact John Ripple at 330-324-6797 for more information.

Crochet Club
Monday, May 11 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bring your current project for a fun hour of crocheting with a group! No registration required. Contact Maryellen for more information: 330-832-9831 ext. 310

Free Computer Class: Internet Basics
Tuesday, May 12 --- 11:00 am. - 12:30 p.m.
Participants will be taught some internet terminology, visit some popular websites, and will learn how to perform various kinds of internet searches. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327

Free Computer Class: PowerPoint
Tuesday, May 12 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to create presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327

 

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, May 12 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Book Discussion
Wednesday, May 13 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Discussion of the Big Read title "Old School" with Massillon Public Library staff. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

3D Design Class
Saturday, May 16 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presenter Peter Klein will demonstrate the basics of 3D design using free Blender software. The class will be led through hands-on exercises, making the medium of 3D modeling and rendering understandable and accessible. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

Monday Book Discussion Groups
Monday, May 18
"The Mockingbird Next Door" by Marja Mills
An afternoon book discussion will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the library auditorium. An evening discussion about the same book will be held in the Second Floor Meeting room at 6:00 p.m. No registration required.

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, May 19 --- 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
A valid picture ID is required to receive a bus pass at the end of the training session. Registration required. 855-887-2782

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, May 19 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium doors open at 5:15 p.m. Limited seating offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn! 330-832-5037

Name That Candy!
Tuesday, May 19 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Correctly guess different candy while blindfolded. Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

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Summer IS coming. Really. That means catching fireflies, going to car shows, having picnics, and SUMMER READING CLUB!! The theme for this year's Summer Reading Club is "Every Hero has a Story."

 

LibraryMan is a fun (and rather goofy looking) superhero found only at the Massillon Public Library. Every child who signs up for Summer Reading Club at the Main Library will receive a picture of LibraryMan to color and cut out. Then -- and here's the really fun part -- we want you to take LibraryMan with you wherever you go this summer, take a picture with him, and bring that picture back to the Children's Department so that we can hang it on our LibraryMan display to see where he (and all of you!) have been. You can take him around town to the grocery store, to church, or to a carnival. You can take him on vacation, too!

 

LibraryMan has already been to Washington, D.C. with some of our staff and has plans to travel out of state with several other staff members. When you take your picture, make sure there is something in the background to explain where you and LibraryMan went, like a sign. Any size picture (within reason!) will be fine. It can be on fancy photo paper or on regular old copier paper. Library staff has final approval of what pictures will go on display.

 

Photos can also be shared online. Follow the #LibraryMan hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to see where LibraryMan goes this summer. Stop by the Children's Department in June to sign up for summer reading and pick up YOUR LibraryMan!
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Meditation to Relieve Stress
Wednesday, May 20 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join William Smith, retired Army Lt Colonel, as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He will also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that can enrich one’s life personally, professionally and spiritually. Registration required.
330-832-9831, ext. 311

CLOSED - Memorial Day
Monday, May 25
All locations.

Free Computer Class: Google Docs
Tuesday, May 26 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn how to use Google’s free cloud-based alternative to Microsoft Office. To participate you will need a free Google/Gmail account. Registration required. Contact the computer center at 330-832-9831 ext. 327 to register for the class or for assistance in setting up a Gmail account.

Free Computer Class: Tech Discussion
Tuesday, May 26 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This class will attempt to answer any tech questions you have. Time permitting, we will also take a look inside a desktop PC to see what hardware looks like, how it’s put together, and where you can get the parts to build your own.. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327

Anime Club
Tuesday, May 26 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks. Open to teens in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Pinterest Craft Series - Pallet Art
Wednesday, May 27 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we try our hand at popular crafts being shared on Pinterest! Limited to 12 participants. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, May 28--- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to board meetings.

3D Design Class
Saturday, May 30 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presenter Peter Klein will demonstrate the basics of 3D design using free Blender software. The class will be led through hands-on exercises, making the medium of 3D modeling and rendering understandable and accessible. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 327

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Check out the monthly Book News  selections and sign up for the lists!  www.massillonlibrary.org/BookNews

 

Borrow a selection of movies, television shows, educational/instructional videos, documentaries, and music via browser, smartphone or tablet (iOS 6 and select Android devices). Whatever you enjoy watching or listening to, there is sure to be something available for you on hoopla! A valid library card and pin number are required to use this free service.       www.massillonlibrary.org/hoopla

 

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