Newsletter - July 2016

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Hundreds of children reading hundreds of hours. Visits from trick jump-ropers, football coaches and race-car drivers. Life-sized board games on the grass and zoo animals…fortunately not on the same day! An all-day “Dr. Who” event for teens and a “Game of Thrones” trivia night at the meadery for grownups. Yes, it must be summer, and summer reading club time for all ages. This is that magic time when we are reminded yet again about WHY the library remains a vibrant and essential part of the community. It also reminds me yet again to sincerely appreciate the creativity of the staff.

At the same time we are in high gear planning for fall events, including some fabulous programming in October to tie in with the One Book One Community selection, "Gaining Ground" by Forrest Pritchard. You’ll hear more about that, but I suggest that you read the book in preparation. I LOVED this story of a young guy who saves his family farm, and so did other staff who read it. And we’re already brainstorming our programming for the 2017 Big Read, but I’ll keep that all for a future newsletter.

I personally have committed to five speaking engagements in coming months. I’d better get more organized so I don’t show up talking about the wrong book! (although I *did* tease one group of ladies last year by saying I would be discussing “Fifty Shades of Grey” just to see the shock!, ha. ) Let’s just say that the real choices are more along the lines of the Wright Brothers’ biography.

As I write this at the end of June, we’re looking at the pillar replacement to start in the coming weeks, and I wanted to sincerely thank all of you who have made contributions to the project, small and large. From board members and area businesses who made substantial donations to staff who gave up their lunch hours to make items to sell for a fundraiser, to each and every library lover who sent checks and donated online, you can definitely look at this project and say that YOU made it happen! It has been such a joy to see the community come together in a time of need.

I always close by telling you what I’ve been reading. Sometimes I feared that your reaction might well be, “who cares?!” but recently I was told by staff that more than one person comes in to request the titles I mention in the newsletter! There must be some of you out there who read the same sort of thing. Shout out to my fellow bookies!

So here goes. I just finished "Thunder Dog" by Michael Hingson for my own book club. Hingson is a blind man who made it down 78 flights of the World Trade Center to safety on 9/11 with his guide dog Roselle. More than an adventure, it’s really more a story about how Hingson’s attitude, his parents’ refusal to treat him differently, and his faith story, led him to success in the business world and in life. And just this morning I started "The Chimes" by Anna Smaill and am enthralled by page 2. In a dystopian future, music has replaced the written word, and a young wanderer looks for family in a post-war England. A debut by a classical violinist, this novel has rave reviews and literary prizes already. Count me among its many fans.


Massillon Public Library



Anime Night
Saturday, July 2 --- 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to watch Anime and enjoy snacks! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

All locations

Monday, July 4
The library and its branches will be closed on Independence Day. No bookmobile stops.

Coloring for Grown-Ups
Pam S. Belloni Branch

Tuesday, July 5 --- 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, July 5 --- 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

Meet Race Car Driver Will Nonnamaker
Wednesday, July 6 --- 1:00 p.m.
All ages are invited to meet race car driver Will Nonnamaker. Find out what it is like to be a REAL race car driver, how he stays fit and healthy, and see his racing suit and helmet! No registration required.
This is a Summer Reading Club program.

Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, July 6 --- 6:30 p.m.
Our new Genealogy Specialist, Jill Wingard, will introduce the library’s recently-acquired historic Sanborn Fire Insurance map. Wingard will also explain the history of the Sanborn Company and its maps, how to read them, and why they are invaluable tools to genealogical and local history research. The public is invited to Genealogical Society meetings and events. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

Stark County and the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Friday, July 8 --- 12:05 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Adults are invited to bring a sack lunch and listen to Jacob Ray, Youth & Education Coordinator from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, speak about the game of football, its history in Stark County, and how the game has changed over the years. Spend your lunch hour learning some little-known facts, and enjoy complimentary bottled water and a cookie. Registration is suggested for this free program.330-832-9831 ext. 312

Stark County and the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Friday, July 8 --- 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Kids in grades K-12 are invited to come and learn about football and its influence on our community. Guest presenter Jacob Ray will bring a display of helmets to show how they have evolved over the decades. Pick up some fun facts and learn about the Hall of Fame Museum, along with Q&A time. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is suggested for this event. 330-832-5037
This is a Summer Reading Club program.

Indoor Farmer's Market Experience
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program
Saturday, July 9 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All ages are invited to an indoor Farmers' Market experience, complete with lots of things to smell, taste, and do! Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. 

Tween Book Club
Tuesday, July 12 --- 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Kids going into grades 4-6 are invited to join the Tween Summer Book Club. Ask at the Children's Desk for an extended check-out period for the Tween Summer Book Club titles. On July 12 the club will discuss "The Watsons Go to Birmingham (1963)" by Christopher Paul Curtis. Registration required. 330-832-5037.

Massillon Football Fun
Wednesday, July 13 --- 4:00 p.m.
Kids and adults are invited to come and meet Coach Nate Moore of the Massillon Tigers and a few surprise guests! Learn about what they do and how they prepare for the big game. Great photo opportunities! No registration required.
This is a Summer Reading Club program.

Video Game Night
Friday July 15 --- 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to play a variety of video games! No registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Askren Branch Book Club
Barry Askren Memorial Branch

Tuesday, July 19 --- 9:00 a.m.
“The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
No registration required. For more information, contact the Askren branch at 330-879-2113.

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, July 19 --- 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, July 19 - 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, July 20 --- 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

Recycle Relay Race
Friday, July 22 --- 3:00 p.m.
Kids in grades K-6 will learn about what sorts of materials are recyclable, then RACE to get them into the correct bins! No registration required.
This is a Summer Reading Club program.



The bookmobile will be at Oak Knoll Park from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 for Wellspring Church’s block party.

Summer Reading Club members can get an extra weekly drawing entry by visiting the bookmobile that day!


Monday Book Discussion
Monday, July 25
"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd
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.

Jazz Tuesday
Massillon Senior Center (39 Lincoln Way West)
Tuesday, July 26 --- 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.

Books and a Bike Ride
Saturday, July 30 --- 9:30 a.m.
All ages are invited to meet us at the Lake Street Trailhead of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towbath Bike Trail for a few bike-related stories, then we'll venture off on a fun and fit bike ride! (Weather permitting.) Bring your own biking equipment. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. The library is not responsible for children on the bike ride. Registration is required and begins on July 11th.
This is a Summer Reading Club program.


Works in Oil by Lynn Buckland
July 5 - September 3

The Computer Center is currently displaying works in oil by Lynn Buckland.

Lynn lives in Wooster and has been painting with oils for twenty years. She started painting in 1985 and has taken classes with Nancy Helmuth, Sherry Dennis, and most recently at the Wayne Center for the Arts. Buckland enjoys painting portraits, landscapes, flowers, and animals. She most often paints in oil but she also enjoys working with ceramics, and writing poetry. Buckland states, "Art adds to each life it touches."


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. 



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! 


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens.

SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.

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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