Newsletter - August 2017

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Friends,

That old axiom “I have good news and bad news” seems appropriate as I update you concerning library funding. We are somewhat relieved with the final resolution of our piece of the State budget, in that we WILL be cut…but not as much as originally feared. 

The House version of the budget cut libraries’ share of the state’s General Revenue Fund from 1.7% down to 1.66%, but the Senate version changed that to 1.68%, and that change “stuck” through final versions and on to the Governor’s signature.
Are we thrilled to see a decrease of any kind? Of course not. But in a tight budget process where legislators had to fit in funding for the opioid crisis among so many other priorities, it could have been worse. We are especially grateful for the support of our State Senator Scott Oelslager who chairs the Senate Finance Committee. During a June 12th press conference of Senate leadership, Oelslager spoke about the importance of Ohio libraries. 

You can view the clip at: http://olc.org/blog/2017/06/13/ohio-senate-unveils-budget/  

And thanks to so many who made your voices heard by calling or writing your representatives in Columbus. For the next two years we can breathe a collective sigh of relief, and get back to making a difference in lives.

Since last month we have made a lot of progress towards developing our next strategic plan. We finished collecting community surveys, and held three very constructive focus groups of library staff and the public. One thing that the consultants from State Library could share with me is that our community is extremely engaged, and cares deeply about the Massillon Public Library.  And the staff love what they do. I could have (and did!) tell them that. 

If we ever doubt that, we get reminders. There is a “wall of kindness” at the Main library during summer reading club—the theme this year is “Build a better world.”  This sticky note has us all energized:

Don’t be sad…we’re here for you, and intend to be here for years to come, even as formats and services change to meet your needs!

Director, Massillon Public Library

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Meditation: Introspection Diary & Ethical Virtues
Tuesday, August 1 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Featuring guest presenter Gwen Miller. A beginners’ introduction will be provided at 6:30 p.m. At 6:45, the group will meditate together and then move into that night's topic. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Tween and Teen Summer Book Club
Wednesday, August 2 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Kids entering grades 6 to 8 are invited to come together and discuss the Books of the Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau on four Wednesdays this summer. The discussion on August 3 will cover book four of the series, The Diamond of Darkhold. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact the Children's Department for more information. 330-832-5037

Summer Reading Club Closing Festivities
Wednesday, August 2 --- 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kids of all ages up to grade six are invited to drop in during this open house to have fun with a Build-A-House craft, a CAN-struction food collection and building activity, and a life-size Busy Town! The whole family is welcome. Children under age six must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

Massillon Genealogical Society Meeting
"Dating and Identifying Old Photographs"

Wednesday, August 2 --- 6:30 p.m.
Old family photos can reveal many things about your ancestors. They can lead you to additional family members and some new genealogical tales! All you have to do to unlock these stories is to know how to date, identify, and interpret the photos. Join us as we learn the most effective techniques for unraveling the secrets that old photographs can reveal. No registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 337

Simply Stories
Friday, August 4 --- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Simply Stories is designed to emphasize books and the arts of reading and storytelling. For all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Anime Night
Friday, August 4 --- 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to watch Anime and enjoy snacks! 330-832-9831, ext. 321

Junior Friends Meeting
Saturday, August 5 --- 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Membership is open to students in grades 7 through 12. 330-832-9831, ext. 321

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

Simply Stories
Friday, August 11 --- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Simply Stories is designed to emphasize books and the arts of reading and storytelling. For all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Fun Fest 2017
Saturday, August 12 --- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Children's Department staff will be at the downtown Fun Fest. Stop by our table for a kids' craft and games. The bookmobile will also be there! For more information, contact the library at 330-832-5037.

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Tuesday, August 15 --- 9:00 a.m.
"LaRose" by Louise Erdrich
No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, August 15 --- 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

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Special Bookmobile Dates

National Night Out
Target

Tuesday, August 1 --- 5:00 p.m. - 8 :00 p.m.

Literacy on the Lawn
Gorrell School

Wednesday, August 2 --- 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Massillon Farmer's Market
1st St SE between Charles Ave & Tremont Ave

Saturdays, August 5, 19 and 26 --- 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fun Fest
Downtown

Saturday, August 12 --- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Visit our website for more information and links to other SelectReads services:

www.massillonlibrary.org/SelectReads

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Meditation: Impediments on the Spiritual Path
Tuesday, August 15 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Featuring guest presenter Gwen Miller. A beginners’ introduction will be provided at 6:30 p.m. At 6:45, the group will meditate together and then move into that night's topic. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Pinterest Craft Series: Frosted Lanterns
Wednesday, August 16 -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we try our hand at popular crafts being shared on Pinterest! Space is limited. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Red Cross Blood Drive
Friday, August 18 --- 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The community is invited to take part in this lifesaving event to help boost the blood supply and ensure blood products are on the shelves for patients in need. For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Simply Stories
Friday, August 18 --- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Simply Stories is designed to emphasize books and the arts of reading and storytelling. For all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Tween Time: Glass Magnets
Saturday, August 19 --- 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Teens and tweens in grades 4 through 8 are invited to make decorative glass magnets to take home and keep. All supplies provided. Registration is recommended for this program. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21 --- 1:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy crafts and lawn games as we wait for the solar eclipse to pass through. Watch the eclipse safely with free viewing glasses and enjoy a snack of moon pies and sun tea. We'll also have live NASA streaming of the total eclipse across the country in the auditorium. The next eclipse is not until 2024! Contact the Children's Department for more information. 330-832-5037

SARTA Travel Training
Wednesday, August 23 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 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

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, August 24 --- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to attend board meetings.

Simply Stories
Friday, August 25 --- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Simply Stories is designed to emphasize books and the arts of reading and storytelling. For all ages, accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 330-832-5037

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Book Swap

Do you have books you've finished reading that you don't know what to do with? Would you like a chance to trade them in for something "new" to read?

Bring those gently used books to the library any time between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 28 or Tuesday, August 29. Book collection will take place at the library's 2nd Street entrance. You will receive one voucher for each book you bring in. Return to the library between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30 to trade your vouchers in for new -to-you books that you can take home and keep!

This book swap is sponsored by the Massillon Recreation Center. 330-832-1621

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Monday Book Discussion
Monday, August 28
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
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.

Community Book Club
Tuesday, August 29 --- 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
Join the Community Book Club at Panera in Massillon for a lively discussion of this month's title. Visit the club's Facebook page for more information: http://tinyurl.com/CommunityBookClub

Canning Techniques
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library

Tuesday, August 29 --- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn to can, freeze, dry, and dehydrate food. Featuring Chris Kendle of the Ohio State University Extension of Tuscarawas County. Registration required. 330-767-9939.

Jazz Tuesday
Massillon Senior Center, 39 Lincoln Way West

Tuesday, August 29 --- 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The first part of the evening will feature traditional New Orleans jazz presented by the Massillon Dixieland Jazz Band. The last part of the program will be open to musicians of all ages who want to sit in and jam with the band. Contact Jim Chatterton at 330-809-6377 for more information.

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The library would like to spread the word that we are NOT affiliated with a Gemstone Marketing company in Texas whose sales reps are calling area businesses to advertise on book bags. We worked with them one year and they did NOT fulfill their promises to advertisers, and they have been informed not to use our name in their solicitations.

Please let director Sherie Brown know if you or your business has been approached about this "opportunity." 330-832-9831, ext. 314.

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To get started, go to: meet.libbyapp.com

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Works by Ashley Casterline
on display in the Computer Center
through September 2, 2017

 

Ashley Casterline is a local artist from Massillon and works in the Massillon Public Library’s Computer Center. She graduated in 2015 from Perry High School where she was a part of their art program and is now a senior at Kent State University, majoring in Special Education Teaching. Her artwork won numerous awards throughout her time at Perry and some of them have been featured in the Canton Museum of Art, The Repository, and in a private gallery in the governor’s office.

 

To purchase prints or pieces, please ask the Computer Center Assistant for the artist's contact information.

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Digital content from hoopla - including eBooks, audiobooks, movies, television programs, music, and comics & graphic novels - can be borrowed instantly with no holds or waiting lists. Grab your library card and visit our website to get started: www.massillonlibrary.org/hoopla

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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