Newsletter - March/April 2014

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 March / April 2014

Spring is right around the corner, friends. I couldn’t be happier as I see a little sunshine peeking through my windows.

It’s been a rough season here at the Main building, with the polar vortex wreaking havoc on our elevator. What does one have to do with another? In the bitter cold, hydraulic fluid becomes so thick in the unheated elevator shaft that the car will no longer reliably settle on the correct level. It’s been out of commission more than it’s been working this winter, until a new heater was ordered and installed. For those who visited the library and were disappointed that we had no elevator access to the upper floors, we deeply regret your inconvenience. Just when we were going to start asking folks if you would like us to deliver books to your door, it’s now fixed. (See library staff dancing a happy dance!)

I’m pleased to report something else exciting. We’re finalizing our annual report for 2013, and I’ve been looking over statistics on how the library was used. The Massillon Public Library seems to be bucking the downward trend of other libraries. Our numbers show an overall circulation *increase* of 4.36%, which is phenomenal. That bears testimony to the hard work of the staff, especially those who select and process materials, and those who work directly with the public.

But numbers don’t paint the whole picture. Every day there are a myriad of stories we can tell of ways that the library improved someone’s life. Just this week three of our staff were involved in helping a lady who had never touched a computer access a job application online, get herself an email account, and successfully complete an online employment test. Where else would that happen? We love your stories, and this year we’re going to purposefully collect and share them (with your permission.) It’s hard to believe, but some of your friends and neighbors still don’t know what the library can do for them. If you have a good story, send it my way at brownsh@massillonlibrary.org. I hear there will be prizes involved.

And now…think Spring!

Director, Massillon Public Library

Saturday, March 8 --- 10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Sensory Story Time 

This story time, which is open to all, is especially geared to children with sensory integration issues. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library's other story times, is on the autism spectrum, or is just more comfortable in a small, interactive story time, this program of stories, songs and activities may be just what you are looking for.
 
This is an exceptional opportunity for families and children to socialize and network in a friendly, no-stress environment. Registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome.  Contact the Children's Department at 330-832-5037 for more information. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 8 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Anime Club - Watch Anime on the big screen while enjoying Japanese snacks. Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Tuesday, March 11 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Paws To Read - Children are invited to improve their literacy skills and self-confidence by reading to trained therapy dogs. No registration required.

Tuesday, March 11 --- 6:30
Jr. Friends Meeting - Open to teens in Grades 7-12.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

March 12 --- 6:00 p.m.
“Fahrenheit 451” Film Screening and Book Discussion
Light refreshments will be served. No registration required.

Wednesday, March 12 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Trail Running
Askren Branch Library - 1200 Market Street NE – Navarre
Joseph Kiggins will teach beginners how to get started and connect with experienced runners to share stories and advice. Registration required. 330-879-2113

Saturday, March 15 --- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Basic Genealogy Workshop - $20.00
The cost of the workshop supplies you with a broad spectrum of genealogical information and research tools that stretch around the globe and reach back through hundreds of years of historical records. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext 337

Saturday, March 15 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Super Saturday – Fahrenheit 451
This special Super Saturday program is an all ages event for the entire family. Learn about Ray Bradbury and his famous book, design your “fireman's uniform, and contribute to the library's display of books to be saved from a fire. Registration required. 330-832-5037

Monday, March 17 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Writers' Group Author Visit
Learn how a local author was inspired to write her memoirs and hear about the journey of writing and publishing her book.

Tuesday, March 18 --- 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
SARTA Travel Training - A valid picture ID is required to receive bus pass at the end of the training session. Registration required: 855-887-2782

Tuesday, March 18 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Family Movie Night - 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.

Wednesday, March 19 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Pinterest Craft Series – Aromatherapy Bags and Soaps
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

Monday, March 24
Monday Book Discussion Groups
"The Bear in the Attic" by Patrick F. McManus
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.

Tuesday, March 25 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Blackout Poetry - Create a poem using only newspaper and a black Sharpie. Open to students in grades 7-12.

Thursday, March 27 --- 4:00 p.m.
Board of Trustees Meeting
The public is invited to attend Board meetings.

Saturday, March 29 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Haunted Stark County - Listen to stories of Stark County's haunted history from author Sherri Brake's latest book. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Tuesday, April 1 --- 6:30 p.m.
Poetry Read-In - Winners of the library's annual poetry contest will be given the opportunity to read their poems and will be awarded their prizes. More information: www.massillonlibrary.org/poetry

Wednesday, April 2 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Pinterest Craft Series – Lace Dream Catchers
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

Wednesday, April 2 --- 6:30 p.m.
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
Genealogical Society Meeting - “Dueber Hampden Watch Works,” with guest speaker and historian, Richard Haldi. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Saturday, April 5 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Super Saturday – Here There Be Dragons
Kids in Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to celebrate the magnificent, mythical dragon in an event that will include stories, a craft, and dragon-themed snacks! Registration required. 330-832-5037

Saturday, April 5 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7;30 p.m.
"No Mopes Allowed" - Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver
Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 312

Monday, April 7 --- 6:30 p.m.
Friends Meeting – New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 301

Tuesday, April 8 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Paws To Read - Children are invited to improve their literacy skills and self-confidence by reading to trained therapy dogs. No registration required.

Tuesday, April 8 --- 6:30 p.m.
Jr. Friends Meeting - Open to teens in Grades 7-12.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Saturday, April 12 --- 10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Sensory Story Time - This story time, which is open to all, is especially geared to children with sensory integration issues. No registration required.

Saturday, April 12 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
House History Class - Learn how to unravel the history of your home using maps, city directories, photographs, manuscript collections, architectural periodicals and state archive records. The house you are researching must be within the Massillon city limits. Registration and a $10 REFUNDABLE fee needed to reserve your place in the class, as it is limited to 8 participants. If you attend, your fee will be returned to you the day of the class. 330.832.9831, ext. 337

Monday, April 14 – 2:00 p.m.
Big Read Book Discussion
Talk about “Fahrenheit 451,” this year's Big Read selection, with library staff. 

Tuesday, April 15 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Family Movie Night - 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.

Thursday, April 22 --- 4:00 p.m.
Board of Trustees Meeting
The public is invited to attend Board meetings.

Tuesday, April 22 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Earth Day Celebration - Decorate and take home your very own flower pot - seeds included! Open to students in grades 7-12. Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 321

Wednesday, April 23 --- 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Welcome to the World of eBooks - Kindles & Kindle Fires
Attendees will learn how to access a growing collection of over 25,000 free eBooks and 9,000 free audio books, including hundreds of newly released titles. Class participants should have their eReader charged and registered before attending the class. Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 327

Wednesday, April 23 --- 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Welcome to the World of eBooks - Tablets & Smart Phones
Attendees will learn how to access a growing collection of over 25,000 free eBooks and 9,000 free audio books, including hundreds of newly released titles. Class participants should have their eReader charged and registered before attending the class. Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 327

Wednesday, April 23 --- 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Welcome to the World of eBooks - first generation eReaders (i.e Nook, Kobo, etc)
Attendees will learn how to access a growing collection of over 25,000 free eBooks and 9,000 free audio books, including hundreds of newly released titles. Class participants should have their eReader charged and registered before attending the class. Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 327

Wednesday, April 23 --- 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Welcome to the World of eBooks - Kindles & Kindle Fires
Attendees will learn how to access a growing collection of over 25,000 free eBooks and 9,000 free audio books, including hundreds of newly released titles. Class participants should have their eReader charged and registered before attending the class. Registration required. 330.832.9831, ext. 327

Thursday, April 24 --- 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Guitar Festival Workshop
Eight through fourteen-year-olds will have the opportunity to interact with Randall Avers and Benoît Albert, who perform in Europe, Scandinavia, North Africa, and North America as Les Frères Méduses (the Jellyfish Brothers). Students who have their own guitars are encouraged to bring them and instruments will be provided for the evening for those without. Beginners as well as experienced players are welcome. The workshop is limited to twelve students and registration is required. 330.832.5037

Monday, April 28
Monday Book Discussion Groups
"The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey
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.

Hoopla is a digital media service which enables patrons to borrow a selection of movies, television shows, educational 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, with no ads or commercials while viewing or listening to content!

A valid library card and pin number are required to use this free service.
 
For more information, visit the hoopla page on our website: 
www.massillonlibrary.org/hoopla

 

Massillon Public Library

208 Lincoln Way East
                    Massillon, OH 44646                   

330-832-9831

Bookmobile

See the bookmobile schedule online:
http://www.massillonlibrary.org/node/48

330.832.9831 ext. 329

Barry Askren Memorial Branch

1200 Market Street NE
Navarre, OH 44662

330-879-2113

Pam S. Belloni Branch

12000 Navarre Road SW
Navarre, OH 44662-9486

330-767-9939