Newsletter - July 2015

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Happy summer reading, friends.

I’m so excited to share some behind-the-scenes news that reflects huge amounts of work that you might not notice unless you’re a local history buff. Since so many of you ARE, I want you to know that the Spring 2015 issue of the renowned Quaker History journal includes the article “Mary Borden Rodman’s Register of Publick Friends, 1656-1804 ” by the library’s archivist Dr. Barbara Wittman. Mrs. Rodman was the mother of Charity Rotch (of the Spring Hill historic home.) Charity inherited the important historical document from her mother, and it remains in the Library’s possession as part of the Rotch-Wales Papers.

Dr. Wittman began her study of the contents “in order to trace the outlines of the lives of the women ministers who arrived to preach in New England and the colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.” Obviously this research extends well outside of Massillon, and has taken her more than once to England. This study grew into her 2005 master’s thesis, and further research led to her 2008 doctoral thesis A community of letters: a Quaker woman’s correspondence and the making of the American Frontier. Using the Rotch-Wales collection, Dr. Wittman has recently completed a book about the history of the Thomas and Charity Rotch settlement at Kendal, 1811-1824, which will be published later this year. Watch for news about an author visit and book signing!

The journal article attracted the attention of prominent Quaker historians, one of whom wrote that the article “was no ordinary piece of work but one that indicated that the author realized that from the specific local and small incident a creative scholar is required to draw broader implications. You clearly saw that, and I want you to know I appreciate your work and look forward to seeing more.”

As has been the case since the 1960s when the papers came under the provenance of the Library, every effort has been made to preserve them by microfilming, provide online access to them by scanning and cataloging the images through a federal digitization grant, and by funding a staff position for a professional to transcribe and put the papers in their historical context. This has brought Massillon Public Library to the national stage. We are honored to have this “creative scholar” on our staff!

To access the papers online, visit

Speaking of digitization, let me share the exciting news that our Technical Services staff has been hard at work using an impressive book scanner to create and upload full images of Massillon City Directories, Washington High School yearbooks, and historical atlases to 

When you read this, expect 25 books to be fully digitized and available to view online. Phase Two will be to scan newspaper articles starting with football, since it is our largest and most popular file, even used recently by a researcher for an NFL documentary. After football, we’ll tackle (get it? ha) other local history areas of interest such as biographies, veterans, business and industry, buildings, crime and police, fire, schools, Library, churches, and canals.

This project will take many, many years to complete but watch for frequent updates as the Reference and Technical Services departments work together to take these items off the shelves and onto the web.

I appreciate this opportunity to bring you a fresh glimpse every month into your library’s services!

Massillon Public Library

By the way, if you’re looking for a good beach read, I just started on the thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and it’s as good as reviewers claim!



Tween Time
Thursday, July 2 --- 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Kids entering grades 4–8 are invited to join in this summer fun planned especially for them. Have fun making foam firecracker slingshots for the 4th of July! No registration required. 330-832-5037

CLOSED – Independence Day
Saturday, July 4
All locations.

Send in the Clowns
Tuesday, July 7 --- 2:30 p.m.
A Summer Reading Club program for all ages. Presented by a clown from the Kelly Miller Circus.

Cake Wars
Tuesday, July 7 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
A cake decorating competition for grades 7-12. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Community Helpers: Meet a Police Officer
Friday, July 10 --- 3:00 p.m.
A Summer Reading Club program for all ages. Meet a Police Officer 3p-4p in auditorium. Presented by Officer Saintenoy.

Paracord Survival Bracelets
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program

Saturday, July 11 ---- 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
All ages are invited to join us in the auditorium between 2:00 and 4:00 pm to make a paracord survival bracelet. This easy-to-make bracelet, when unraveled, becomes a tool to contribute to basic survival needs such as first aid or shelter. Materials provided. Children under age ten must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

Crocheters & Knitters Club
Monday, July 13 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bring your current project for a fun hour of crocheting and knitting with a group! No registration required. Contact Maryellen for more information: 330-832-9831 ext. 310

Author Visit: Linda Castillo
Tuesday, July 14 --- 12:30 p.m.
Author Linda Castillo will read from “After the Storm,” her latest book featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder who investigates crimes that take place in an Amish community in Ohio. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, July 14 --- 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

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, July 14 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Pinterest Craft Series - Wine Cork Keychains
Wednesday, July 15 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we try our hand at popular crafts being shared on Pinterest! Limited to 20 participants. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Every Animal Has a Story
Tuesday, July 21 --- 1:00 p.m.
A Summer Reading Club program for all ages. Presented by The Akron Zoo.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, July 21 --- 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join us for a free showing of a movie about a well known lost bear who finds a new family. Auditorium doors open at 5:15 pm. Limited seating offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn! 330-832-5037

Improving Your Credit Score
Belloni Branch Library
12000 Navarre Road SW Navarre, OH 44662-9486
Tuesday, July 21 --- 5:30 p.m.
Part 1 in a Financial Education Workshop series. Presented by Citizen's Bank. Registration required. 330-767-9939

Minute to Win It
Tuesday, July 21 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kids in grades 7-12 are invited to compete in 60-second challenges.

Doggie Brigade
Wednesday, July 22 --- 1:00 p.m.
A Summer Reading Club program for all ages. Meet the therapy dogs who visit Akron Children’s Hospital! Presented by Akron Children’s Hospital Doggie Brigade Volunteers.

Sitting Still & Focusing
Wednesday, July 22 --- 6:45 PM
Part of the “Reducing Stress through Mediation” series. Registration is required for each of the meditation program sessions. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Community Helpers: Meet a Fireman
Thursday, July 23 --- 3:00 p.m.
A Summer Reading Club program for all ages. Presented by Captain Don Smith, Fire Marshal.

Monday Book Discussion
Monday, July 27
"The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina HenrĂ­quez
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.

Story Walk
Tuesday, July 28 --- 1:00 p.m.
Stop by anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
A Summer Reading Club program for all ages. Bring your favorite adult! Presented by The Wilderness Center.

Anime Club
Tuesday, July 28 --- 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

 Bear Contest Author Visit

Wednesday, July 29 --- 5:30 p.m.
Stop by anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Bring your favorite stuffed bear to show!

Stilling the Mind
Wednesday, July 29 --- 6:45 p.m.
Part of the “Reducing Stress through Mediation” series.
Registration is required for each of the meditation program sessions. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

ABLE Services
Thursday, July 30 --- 11:00 a.m. --- 2:00 p.m.
Meet with a certified ABLE representative to find out how to connect with government benefits or assistance programs you may qualify for. Registration required. Contact ABLE Services, Inc. at 330-454-4650.





Staff Art Show

Stop in our Computer Center in July to see the creative side of our staff! Pieces on on display will include photography, mixed media, and even a larger than life squirrel! The show will run from July 7 - August 1.




Seeking Artists

Are you interested in displaying your 2-D art? We are seeking art for our Computer Center. Exhibits will be on display for one month. 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 or


SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads — a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a classic or required summer reading title — every week while SYNC is in session during the summer. Check it out at:


What do you hoopla?

You may already know about the movies, music, and TV shows available to borrow online from hoopla, but did you know that you can now also borrow eBooks, comic books, and graphic novels online?

Whatever you enjoy watching or listening to, there is sure to be something available for you on hoopla! A valid library card is required to use this free service.


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