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March / April 2015


Spring is just around the corner, folks. I hope you’ve had plenty of warm cozy times this winter curled up with a book. I’ve been on a nonfiction kick, having just re-read The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel for a book review I was presenting (by the way, if your club or organization wants me to visit and talk about it, let me know!) and have just started I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Both are fascinating glimpses into lives of women facing great challenges, whether due to media scrutiny and the confining role of military housewives in the 1950s, or the struggle for educational opportunities for women under extremist regimes. These stories are such evidence of the triumph of the human spirit, and I recommend both.

Over the weekend I browsed through some magazines I checked out of the library and marked reviews of four new books I want to place on hold. I know I'll need twelve other titles for my monthly book club. The recent Grammy awards show introduced me to some musicians whose music I'd like to check out. At the risk of oversharing, my son and his fiancee have set a wedding date, and I have fresh motivation for losing a few (ahem, more than a few) pounds, and want to try some new exercise DVDs. Can you afford the purchase of every book or movie or music CD that interests you? Neither can I! Like you, I’m so appreciative of the depth and breadth of our library’s print, audiovisual, and electronic materials available for me to borrow, and the daily deliveries that bring in materials from other libraries. That model has worked for years, and continues to work, because of your support.

We’re answering the library phones a new way just to acknowledge our appreciation for your call or question and for being a library user. You will hear, “Thanks for supporting the Massillon Public Library!” Whether you visit us in person, on the phone or online, you are important to us. Let me know if there’s any way we can do better. In the meantime…let’s all think Spring! 

Director, Massillon Public Library

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

YA Game Night
Tuesday, March 3 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Video games! Board games! Card games! All the games!
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Historical Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, March 3 --- 6:00 p.m.
"The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarity
Copies of the book are available at the Reference Desk. 330-832-9831 ext. 312

H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club
Wednesday, March 4 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join in a discussion of H.P. Lovecraft and his influential weird stories. For ages 16 and older. No registration required.

 

STRING Guitar Festival Workshops
Thursday, March 5 AND Thursday, March 12
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
In conjunction with STRING, the annual festival of guitars presented by The Ananda Center for the Arts, the Massillon Public Library will host two free workshops for young people. Eight through fourteen-year-olds who register will have the opportunity to interact with two performing and teaching acoustic guitar musicians, George Dean and Jim Marron. The workshops are limited to twelve students each. Students may sign up for one or both sessions. Registration is required. 330.832.5037

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Family Stories Through Art
Saturday, March 7 

Every family has stories which are anchored in place and time and may be carried from another country, state or neighborhood. On Saturday, March 7, the Massillon Public Library invites the public to celebrate these stories with two free events. At 1:00 p.m., folk and traditional songs will be performed by guitarist Tim Turkal of Massillon. In keeping with the theme, pioneer and old-time refreshments will be provided free of charge. From 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., adult-child pairs who have preregistered will participate in Family Stories Through Art, a workshop led by artist/educator Sharon Briner Santillo. A certified art and writing trainer for the University of New Hampshire, Santillo will assist participants in developing their stories together using paint, paper, and collage before writing. 

The 1:00 concert is free and no registration is necessary for that portion of the event. Registration is required for the two-hour workshop and space is limited. To register for the art program or for more information, contact the Children’s Department at 330.832.5037.
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3D Design Class
Saturday, March 7 --- 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Presenter Peter Klein will demonstrate the basics of 3D design using free Blender software. The class will be led through hands-on exercises, making the medium of 3D modeling and rendering understandable and accessible. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 344

Free Computer Class: Computer Basics
Monday, March 9 --- 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This course focuses on identifying the different parts of the computer as well as the many functions of an operating system. Participants will learn about the relationship between hardware and software, what an operating system is, and how to perform tasks within the Windows 7 operating system. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327.

Free Computer Class: Excel
Monday, March 9 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Participants will be taught how to create spreadsheets and perform some basic functions in Microsoft Excel 2007. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327.

Paws To Read
Tuesday, March 10 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Children are invited to improve their literacy skills and self-confidence by reading to dogs. No registration required. 330-832-5037

Jr. Friends Meeting
Tuesday, March 10 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Open to teens in Grades 7-12. New members always welcome! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

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United Way Free Tax Preparation Clinics
Free tax preparation assistance from United Way will be available by appointment on March 11March 18March 25, and April 8from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the main library. Information about qualifications ($52,000 income for an individual, $65,000 for household) and what documentation to bring to the appointment can be found at: 

www.uwstark.org/content/schedule-your-appointment
 
Registration is required. To schedule your appointment, call 330-994-VITA(8482)
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Craft Program: Plant Prints
Wednesday, March 11 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, March 14 --- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(There is a break for lunch on your own.)
This Basic Genealogy Workshop is geared for genealogists of all skill levels, as well as those just considering genealogy research and presents a variety of specific research skills, such as deciphering old handwriting styles and recognizing symbols commonly used in historic public and family records. The $20.00 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. Limited to six attendees per workshop. 330-832-9831, ext. 337

Spring Cookies
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program
Saturday, March 14 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All ages are invited to join us in the auditorium any time between 2 and 4 pm for cookie decorating fun. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

Free Computer Class: Internet Basics
Monday, March 16 --- 11:00 am. - 12:30 p.m.
Participants will be taught some internet terminology, visit some popular websites, and will learn how to perform various kinds of internet searches. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327

Free Computer Class: PowerPoint
Monday, March 16 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to create presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 327

Family Movie Night
Tuesday, March 17 --- 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

St. Patrick's Day Party
Tuesday, March 17 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to enjoy Irish themed snacks, crafts, and more! 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Pinterest Craft Series
Wednesday, March 18 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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

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Four Famous Furry Felines: Bad Kitty / Pete the Cat / Splat the Cat / Rotten Ralph
Saturday, March 21 --- 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Kids in kindergarten through grade 6 are invited join us for a cat-themed Super Saturday program featuring stories, games, crafts, and refreshments! Registration required. 330.832.5037

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Monday Book Discussion Groups
Monday, March 23
"The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey" by Candice Millard
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.

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, March 24 --- 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

Candy Making at the Askren Branch
1200 Market Street NE Navarre, OH 44662
Tuesday, March 24 --- 4:00 p.m.
Prepare for the Easter holiday with a chocolate making project at the Barry Askren Memorial Branch. Registration required. 330-879-2113

Anime Club
Tuesday, March 24 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks! Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Starting Seeds Indoors
Wednesday, March 25 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
A guest speaker from Master Gardeners of Stark County will discuss getting a head start on your garden by starting inside. Registration recommended. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

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

Massillon Ready to Read Workshop
Thursday, March 26 --- 6:30 pm
Research has shown that there are six literacy skills children need to have before they can begin to read. Children who enter kindergarten with these skills in place learn to read more easily and are more successful throughout their school careers. This 2 ½-hour workshop for teens and adults focuses on teaching parents, grandparents, and caregivers how to help children learn skills that lead to reading and school success. A light supper will be served. Registration required. 330-832-5037

The Vanished Black Community of Aultman, Ohio
Saturday, March 28 --- 11:00 a.m.
Local historian Geraldine Radcliffe will shed some light on the little known story of a small Ohio village that mysteriously disappeared. No registration required.

DIY: Upcycled Board Games
Tuesday, March 31 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Make cool crafts using old board game pieces. Open to teens in Grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

H.P. Lovecraft Mythos Book Club
Wednesday, April 1 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join in a discussion of H.P. Lovecraft and his influential weird stories. For ages 16 and older. No registration required.

Genealogical Society Meeting
Lillian Beane Community Center - 1711 16th St SE
Wednesday, April 1 --- 6:30 p.m.
Guest speaker Gwen Scott will present "Tuscarawas Township Cemeteries." No registration required. 330-832-9831 ext. 337

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

Anime Club
Tuesday, April 7 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for anime and snacks! Open to students in grades 7-12. 330-832-9831 ext. 321

Cursive Handwriting Classes
Children in grades 2 and up are invited to experience the soon-to-be-lost art of cursive handwriting. Retired Massillon City School teachers Patricia Beane and Tess Simonetti will instruct students in letter formation and assist them in practicing. Many schools no longer teach cursive, so students will be fascinated by this six-session series held over a period of four weeks. Each one-hourclass will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Class dates are: Tuesday, April 7Thursday, April 9Wednesday, April 15Wednesday, April 22Wednesday, April 29, and Thursday, April 30. Each of the six sessions will build upon the next. Registration required. 330-832-5037. Space is limited!

Origami
A Massillon 2nd Saturday Program
Saturday, April 11 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All ages are invited to join us any time between 2 and 4 pm for paper crafting fun. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult. 330-832-5037

House History Class
Saturday, April 11--- 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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 deposit required. The deposit will be returned when you attend the class. For more information, contact Jean Adkins at 330.832.9831 ext. 337

SARTA Travel Training
Tuesday, April 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, April 14 --- 6:30 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
Wednesday, April 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 12 participants. Registration required. 330-832-9831, ext. 312

Page to Screen Book Club
Tuesday, April 21 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth
Copies of book discussion titles are available at the Reference Desk. Open to students in grades 7-12. Registration required. 330-832-9831 ext.321

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, April 23--- 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to board meetings.

Mother Goose Rhyme Time
Saturday, April 25--- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kids in preschool through grade 6 are invited join us by the Children's Department fireplace for a Super Saturday program of nursery rhymes being read by Mother Goose! No registration required. 330.832.5037

Monday Book Discussion Groups
Monday, April 27
"Defending Jacob" by William Landay
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.

Poetry Read-In
Tuesday, April 28 --- 6:30 p.m.
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

 

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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