Newsletter - May 2016

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We have wonderful volunteers, and we’re not too proud to brag about them. Before the next edition of this newsletter, our volunteers will be honored at their annual appreciation dinner. This event is always a highlight of the library calendar. Did you realize that last year we had over 100 volunteers work more than 3300 hours for the library? According to figures released yearly from, the monetary value of that time to you, the taxpayer, is more than $76,000!

M.L. Weaver, a volunteer at the Massillon Public Library for more than 25 years, was recently selected by the Canton Repository for one of its 2016 Volunteer of the Year awards. M.L. won the “Behind the Scenes” award for his astounding 3312 total hours of service to the library. Repository staff members visited the library on Thursday April 15th and presented M.L. with a plaque and balloons, on what coincidentally was his 91st birthday.

Most of those hours were given for mending damaged library materials, a task that might go unnoticed and unappreciated but saves taxpayer dollars as materials are given more shelf life for other users. He has mentored others in the same job, and even trained a fellow MAPS volunteer to take on the task when he retires from the volunteer position. M.L. also has performed duties for the business office for many years, helpfully doing tasks like emptying coins from the copy machines and counting change.

M. L. was nominated by Volunteer Coordinator Mary Ellen Brown, who said that he “is worthy of more special recognition than we could ever give him. He has never sought praise of recognition, but simply uses the gifts God has given him to bless and mold the lives of others.”

The Massillon Public Library joins with the Repository staff in sincerely thanking M.L. Weaver for his incredible hours and years of service to our community.

I also wanted to bring you up to date on the replacement of the pillars on the Main building. On Thursday April 14, our Fiscal Officer opened the bids for the job along with our architect Jeff Day and library board member Margy Vogt who represented the Board’s Building and Grounds Committee. Mr. Day is communicating with the apparent low bidder to make sure that contractor plans to use all the required materials and procedures. If so, they will be recommended at the April 28th board meeting, and construction is set to begin in May. We are thrilled to get the project underway, but dread the actual prospect of removing the perimeter fencing and tearing up our beautiful landscaping. But, it must be done!

Fundraising has brought in some generous donations from the Gessner Family Foundation and another private donor, but if you wish to assist in this huge unexpected expense, look for donation boxes soon on the adult and children’s circulation desks.

I hope you’re getting outside in this beautiful spring, but don’t forget to read or listen to a book! I just finished the new Wright Brothers bio from David McCullough. Although I usually don’t pick up nonfiction, this one I couldn’t put down. Then I finished Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” and absolutely detested it. I can’t wait to talk about why with my book club! For professional reading, I’m in the middle of Michael Patrick Lynch’s “The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data.” It’s a fascinating and distressing topic for this former reference librarian.

Happy Reading!

Massillon Public Library


Friends Meeting
Monday, May 2 --- 6:30 p.m.
New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 301

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, May 3 --- 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of relaxing, creative entertainment. No registration required. Contact the Belloni branch for more information. 330-737-9939

Tuesday, May 3 --- 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Join us as we explore topics and techniques in meditation practices. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, May 4 --- 6:30 p.m.
Guest speaker Barb Amburgey will talk about what to do when you find a “black sheep” while researching your family history. The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Tween Time: Cinco de Mayo
Thursday, May 5 --- 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Kids in grades 4-8 are invited to learn fun facts about Mexico, and make their own quesadillas! There will also be a craft and a Latin American folktale. No registration is required for this free program. For more information, contact the library at 330-832-5037.

"Paint and Swirl" Class
Pam S. Belloni Branch Library
Tuesday, May 10 --- 5:00 p.m. - 8:00p.m.
This program costs $30, which includes all needed materials, teacher instruction and snacks. At the end of the evening you will be taking home your canvas with a beach scene that you created yourself! Space is limited and registration is required. Contact the Belloni branch at 330-767-9939 for more information.


PAWS To Read

Girls and boys of all ages are invited to meet and read to some gentle and well-behaved dogs on Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Friendly dogs and their equally friendly owners/handlers will be in the auditorium, eagerly awaiting each guest. Books at various reading levels will be available for each child to select and share with the canines of his or her choice. The dogs come in a variety of sizes, but all love the attention of the children in the form of petting, back scratches and belly rubs. Each dog has its own trading card, with picture and vital statistics; children are encouraged to collect them all! ?

The PAWS To Read program is a great way for shy or hesitant readers to practice their skills with nonjudgmental listeners, and a good way to have a positive experience with dogs. Participants may stay for a short time, or for the whole 90 minutes. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more abut the PAWS To Read program, contact the Children's Department at 330-832-5037.


Visit with a Hearing Ear Dog
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, May 14 --- 2:00 p.m.
Meet Sita, a very special hearing ear dog.
"Here to Bump and Bump to Hear: An Assistant Dog’s Journey" by Jane M. Biehl, PhD, a book about Sita, will be available to purchase for $10. No registration required. Children age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Tuesday, May 17 --- 9:00 a.m.
"In the Woods" by Tana French
No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, May 17 --- 5:30 p.m. - 7:45 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

Tuesday, May 17 - 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Join us as we explore topics and techniques in meditation practices. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, May 18 --- 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

SARTA Travel Training
Thursday, May 19 --- 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

Teen Program: Nerdy Perler Returns
Saturday, May 21 --- 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 can choose from pre-made designs (superheroes, animals, video game characters, etc.) or make their own. Supplies provided. Registration encouraged. Contact Susan at 330-832-9831, ext. 312 for more information.

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, May 23
“White Oleander” by Janet Fitch
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.

Patio Lanterns
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, May 24 --- 6:00 p.m.
Learn how to make a decorative patio lantern. All supplies provided. Registration required. Contact the Belloni branch for more information or to register. 330-767-9939

Fairy Garden Class
Wednesday, May 25 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Presented by Master Gardener Rita Mullett. Class is limited to 12 participants and registration is required. Cost: $15. 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

Button Tree Art
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Thursday, May 26 --- 4:00 p.m.
Make a fabulous and unique work of art from buttons! No artistic skill necessary. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact the Askren branch for more information or to register. 330-879-2113

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, May 26 --- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to attend board meetings.

CLOSED - Memorial Day
Monday, May 30
All locations.

Jazz Tuesday
Massillon Senior Center (39 Lincoln Way West)

Tuesday, May 31 --- 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Jazz Tuesday concert series, co-sponsored by the Massillon Public Library, is free and open to the public. Bring your instrument and join in, if you wish! For more information, contact Jim Chatterton at 330-809-6377.


The Photography of Mandy Altimus Pond

Mandy Altimus Pond, an award-winning photographer, graduated from Kent State University with a BA in history, summa cum laude with honors. She works as the Archivist at the Massillon Museum. 
Pond owns her own photography business in Massillon, Altimus Pond, and is a member of the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce. Her photographs have been exhibited in juried shows in Ohio, Michigan, and Vermont, and published in highly competitive publications.

Her one-woman photography exhibit A Long Time Ago: The Fairytales of Mandy Altimus Pond (2014) was exhibited in Canton, Ohio, and Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. She has published two photography books, “A Long Time Ago” and “Images of World War I,” a collaboration with Faircrest Memorial Middle School and ArtsinStark to teach students about World War I and recreate photographs from the war. She was the recipient of a 2015 ArtsinStark special projects grant, and produced the exhibit Face of Hunger in Stark County, Ohio.

Her show will be on display in the Computer Center through June 30, 2016.


Are you interested in displaying your 2-D art? We are seeking art for our Computer Center. Exhibits will be on display for two months. All art must be able to be hung on the wall. Space is limited, so no more than eight (8) small pieces can be accepted. 

For more information, contact Jessica Shoemaker at 330-832-9831 ext. 311. 



Mark you calendar right now for June 6 because that is Opening Day for the Children's Summer Reading Club, our 10-week program to promote reading over the summer for our littlest patrons through Grade 6. (Adult and Young Adult patrons have their own summer reading programs too!  Check 'em out!)  

Our Children's theme this year is "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" and will focus on sports, sportsmanship, games, health, fitness, etc. We have planned a summer chock full of fun activities, events and, of course, lots and lots of great reading! This summer children will meet a real race car driver, see amazing hula hooping skills, meet Coach Moore of the Massillon Tigers, and MUCH more. 

As a member of our Club, you must read one hour per week to qualify for the WEEKLY REWARD. One reward per reader per week! Rewards are usually small toys, books, or coupons for free food at local businesses. Stop by the library once a week to show us your reading progress (and to get more books!). For each hour that you read, you will get one entry into our WEEKLY PRIZE DRAWING. Plus, you will also be entered into our GRAND PRIZE DRAWING at the end of Summer Reading for a Bookmobile Party. (YES!  The Bookmobile will actually come to your HOUSE!) Make sure to pick up a WEEKLY CRAFT, while supplies last.  (Sometimes we run out and when they’re gone, they’re gone!) Also, check out the weekly GUESS HOW MANY contest for a chance to win another prize.  

At the Main Library, readers can also search for FELIX THE FOOTBALL, this year’s Summer Reading Club mascot when they visit. Felix will be hiding in a new spot in the library each week. Find him and write his location on the entry form for a chance to win yet another prize! WOW!  

Stop by the Children's Department NOW to pick up a list of summer STORY TIMES and ACTIVITIES and always check our website for even more PROGRAMS and ACTIVITIES for all ages! 


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.

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Thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, comics, and graphic novels are available for mobile and online access via hoopla digital – all you need is your library card! 



Massillon Public Library

208 Lincoln Way East
                    Massillon, OH 44646                   



See the bookmobile schedule online:

330.832.9831 ext. 329

Barry Askren Memorial Branch

1200 Market Street NE
Navarre, OH 44662


Pam S. Belloni Branch

12000 Navarre Road SW
Navarre, OH 44662-9486